“ Brand: Kraft / Cheeses „
I only came about this product fairly recently when shopping at Tesco's. I only noticed them because they were in special offer and since trying them, they have become one of my favourite snacks. Philadelphia Splendips are very similar to Dairylea dunkers but they also have a sweet variety as well as savoury.
There are four varieties of Philadelphia Splendips. These are Thai Sweet Chilli, Chives, Cheesecake and Nachos.
Philadelphia Splendips come in a container similar to Dairylea Dunkers except that they have three compartment rather than two. Half of the container if taken up with the 'dipper' section and the other half is split into two sections, containing cheese and then whatever flavour you have picked.
The container has a foil lid which peels off and is easy to remove. The containers themselves are fairly small so I find them convenient for packed lunches and to have as snacks.
I buy these from Tescos where they cost 98p per pack. Recently they were in special offer and you got 2 for 98p.
The Different Varieties
This variety comes with mini wheat meal biscuits as the 'dippers'. The cream cheese is reduced fat Phildelphia and in the other compartment you have Raspberry Coulis.
I thought that this combination worked really well together and was enjoyable although it still wasn't as nice as normal cheesecake. Personally, I think I prefer the savory versions of this snacks.
This variety comes with crunchy chive flavoured crackers. The cream cheese is reduced chive Philadelphia and in the other compartment in a tangy tomato chutney. To be honest, on first opening this one, I thought it was a bit odd with the chive cream cheese and tomato chutney being put together but surprisingly it worked really well and the flavours complimented each other.
This variety comes with mini Tortilla Chips and reduced fat Philadelphia. In the other compartment is a mild salsa dip. This snack is very similar to having Nachos and I really enjoyed this flavour, the mild salsa sauce made the cream cheese taste even creamier.
Thai Sweet Chilli
This variety comes with mini flat rice cakes and reduced fat Philadelphia. In the other compartment is a Thai Sweet Chilli dip. This is by far my favourite flavour. I think the two flavour compliment each other so well because you get a slight kick of flavour from the sweet Chilli which works really well with the cream cheese. My only complaint with this variety is that the sweet chilli dip is quite runny and tends to fall off the rice cake. I found a way round this by loading on the cream cheese first and then dipping it in the Chilli sauce.
Having tried all four varieties I can easily say that the Thai Sweet Chilli was by far my favourite. I enjoyed all the other flavours and was surprised to find that the Chive one was actually quite nice, despite me thinking that the chive and tomato flavours would not go together.
The cheesecake variety was probably my least favourite, although it was nice, I think I prefer real cheesecake and certainly prefer the savoury versions of this snack.
The packaging is nice and compact with a simple foil led which comes off easily. Each compartment is just the right size for the amount of cheese and various flavours you get, you can load up the 'dippers' with quite a large amount of cheese and it lasts longer than you would expect.
I was surprised to find that this snack only contains 7grams of fat. The calorie content varies between each variety but the highest calorie is 196 (for the Cheesecake flavour) which I still think isn't too bad considering the snacks are quite filling.
I will definitely be buying these again. I think they are good value for money and you also don't feel too guilty eating them as the calories aren't too bad. My only grumble is that sometimes the 'dipper' is a little bit too big to fit in the other compartment, meaning you need to break off a bit before you can dip it in the cheese and sauces.
I would definitely recommend this product to any Philadelphia fan.
My mum gave me one of these Splendips to try on Sunday because I was starving waiting for dinner to be done!!! lol I had one that came with Philadelphia Light, Mango Chutney and mini Poppadoms to dip in. It all looked a bit fake when I opened the tub and I didn't think the Poppadoms looked very nice at all.
The Philadelphia has got little green bits in it and I thought it was the Philadelphia with Chives but my mum said it's bits of cucumber to make it taste a bit like the raita you get in the curry house. It doesn't work though and I couldn't hardly taste the cucumber at all and it deffo didn't give the cheese any extra flavour in my opinion.
The mango chutney is the best bit about this Splendips I reckon, it's got a lovely sweet and sour taste that goes proper nice with the cheese when I get a bit of both on the Poppadom. It doesn't taste much of mango's but has got a lovely flavour that deffo REMINDS me of eating a curry anyway! lol
The Poppadoms are a bit thick to be anything like Poppadoms! lol They've got a nice taste though so it doesn't matter that much, they are strong enough to scoop up the soft cheese and mango chutney and still stay crunchy. I think they'd be nicer if they was a bit saltier because there's not a lot of flavour in them but they're still proper nice when they've got the chutney and cheese on them and I suppose if they had a stronger flavour you wouldn't be able to taste the other things so good.
You have to keep these in the fridge because of the Philadelphia and they deffo are best out of the fridge because the cheese goes lovely and cool and has got a proper nice fresh taste. All the flavours go nice together and I thought it was a nice little snack... it's deffo something you eat for a nice taste because these aren't filling at all and I was STILL starving after I'd eaten it! Lol
Recommended... but only when they're on special offer because my mum said these are over £1.00 and that's a proper rip off for something that doesn't even fill you up!!!
Well I have had Philadelphia Cheese for many years now and always resort back to the Extra Light when trying to shift a couple of extra pounds that have crept on overnight. So when I saw these Philadelphia Splendips I was really pleased as I love anything that means putting a dip on it!
Now this would have to be an occassional treat as even though the calories are not too bad, the sugar is a bit on the high side. Now forgetting about should I or shouldn't I, this was definitley a case of I should!!
Now the biggest problem was which one to choose, as they all looked very inviting, should it be;~
~~~Nachos & Tomato Chutney~~~
~~~Chive Crackers & Tomato Chutney~~~
~~~Rice Crackers & Sweet Chilli Dip~~~
~~~Poppadoms & Mango Chutney~~~
~~~Mediterrean Flatbreads & Chutney~~~
I went for the Poppadoms & Mango Chutney, now these look a lot like a tip-over yoghurt that you can buy, but a lot bigger. They are of an oval shape, with one side partioned off to hold the mini crackers, nachos or poppadoms. The other side is then split into two sections, one side holding the mango chutney and the other side holding the Mint & Cucumber Philadelphia light dip.
This is all presented in a white plastic tub, with a foil lid, that you will have to peel back before you can get dipping. There is a cardboard base stuck on the bottom of the tub that gives all the nutritional information ect...
I quite like the Dairylea Sticks that come with a cheesey dip, but there never seems to be enough cheese and I get left with a few sticks to eat dry, but this has ample dip and sauce.
The Poppadoms are tiny litte discs, that are very crunchy and fit into each of the sections quite nicely to be able to get a good dip on the cracker. The Mint and Cucumber Philadelphia Light Dip is the same texture as you would expect from any Philadelphia Soft Cheese. It has a lovely minty smell and the cucumber gives this dip a refreshing taste. This is nice as it is, but you then have got the extra yumminess of then putting on the Mango Chutney, which is very sweet, but never the less very tasty indeed. The whole experience of just sitting down and eating this Splendip is very nice indeed, as it is something that can't be rushed and should most definitely be enjoyed!!
Now the whole package weighs 76g, which doesn't sound a lot, but it is plenty for a midday snack, as it is so tasty it seems to last for ages when dipping on the Phili dip and chutney, as the two different textures marry well together.
This Poppadoms and Mango Chutney contains;
This also contains Milk, Wheat and may contain traces of Soya. This is to be kept in the fridge until eaten.
These can be found in most supermarkets and are around 97p to buy , but at the moment Morrisons are doing B.O.G.O.F.
Once again Kraft have come up with another winner in these Splendips and there is a nice varied choice to choose from. 5 Stars for a great product!
Let me get something straight before I tell you about Philadelphia Light Splendips. I did not buy them because they are good for my diet even though the package is made to look like it is going to contain about 2 calories, in fact each 85g pack of Splendips contains 152 calories and a massive 6.5g of fat so quite why it is marketed as such a diet friendly snack I cannot imagine.
Splendips is a little bit like Dairylea Dunkers in that you have a crunchy item to dip into Philadelphia and then dip again into a sweet or savoury sauce. Today I have the Nachos variety which comes with a mild salsa. You can also buy Thai Sweet Chilli, Cream and Chives or Cheesecake and they all come with a different thing to dunk with the Thai Chilli one having rice cakes and the Cream and Chives one having little Mini Cheddar type biscuits.
I tore off the foil lid of my Splendips and saw that the container is split into 3 sections to house the Nachos, Philadelphia Light and Salsa dip. I was not keen on the smell because the salsa was quite overpowering and doesn't smell like a very authentic salsa more like ketchup.
I was impressed that the tortilla chips were all in one piece because they rattle so much in the container that I had thought they would be smashed to pieces before I even got them home. The chips are delicious and have a very light spiced taste. I ate one without dipping it and it was lovely and crunchy and very tasty. I think they could perhaps have done with a little more salt because they were a little bit flavourless but then this was probably intentional so I could enjoy the flavours of the dips properly.
I dipped the next tortilla chip. The Philadephia Light is cool and creamy (but not as cool and creamy as the advert would have you believe) and has quite a bland but enjoyable flavour. The mild salsa I cannot quite make up my mind about. It is quite an intense tomato flavour but is also very artificial tasting. It has quite a thin consistency with lumps of tomato mixed in. I did not like the bits of tomato because some of them were soggy and too soft, but other pieces were hard and chewy.
As a whole it was quite a nice snack but nothing very special and certainly not splendid as the name would suggest. Together the 3 components were tasty and had a nice mixture of textures and flavours. The tortilla chips are crunchy and when they were dipped in the Philadelphia and salsa they stayed crunchy and did not go soggy at all. The Philadelphia and salsa blended nicely together and the creaminess of the Philadelphia was the perfect match for the slight tartness of the salsa.
At the moment these are on offer in Tesco and other supermarkets for 45p and I think this is half price. For 45p I will probably buy the other flavours to try them but I would definitely not pay the full price because that is too expensive for such an insubstantial snack.
I've heard people say that they've bought these while shopping because they're low in fat. The fact that they're full of sugar doesn't seem to register. Nutritional info can be found on the base. Read it if you care. Believe it if you want to. But like most things: eat too much and it'll make you fat.
There seem to be four varieties of Philadelphia Splendips: Thai Sweet Chilli, Chives, Cheesecake and Nachos. Each Philadelphia Splendip comes in a container with three compartments. One side of the container provides the thing for dipping - such as a dried biscuit, and the other side consists of two further compartments each containing either the cheesy mush or gooey condiment. The container is sealed with a peel back foil lid. Someone with an art and design degree must have spent hours thinking of this triplet style plastic packaging. Do we really need to wrap up cheese so much?
I can imagine some people getting hooked on these because of their sweet and spicy taste - the Thai Sweet Chilli variety certainly falls into this category - but for me they are too sweet. I also don't feel comfortable eating over packaged and over processed food. I can't imagine that there is much nutrition to be had by shovelling these into your system. They're not wholesome and not natural and will probably make you constipated and have you walking round like a pregnant duck if you eat them everyday.
They are convenience food for people with busy life style... no there not... they are convenience food for people to lazy to make a sandwich or toss a salad.
The product can be found at Asda and Tesco and generally sneaks in at just under a £1. Although those on a diet will probably buy 'two for the price of one' on special offer.
Next year I am going on holiday with some friends.
This can be dangerous. Putting my bikini on in front of hundreds of strangers is fine, hundreds of people I will never see again can see my 'womanly' figure, but my friends, who have cameras, and video cameras and long memories, they must never, ever see my wobbly bits.
All this in mind I am now on a mission, I have 10 months to get a mega fit body to rival a High Street Honey's swimwear contestant and show off on the beach.
I was buying all things salad and green when I spotted these Slpendips by Philidelpiha at my local Morrison's.
They were 99p and buy one get one free. I had seen them advertised on TV with angels saying that splendips were low in fat so I bought two.
They come in plastic tubs with fiol lids that you need to peal with 3 seprate compartments for the various fillings.
The first one was Chive.
It consisted of chive biscuits (about 10) and a tangy tomato dip and a Philadelphia soft cheese dip.
Reduced Fat Soft Cheese Dip with Chives:
Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese, Medium Fat Soft Cheese, Water, Milk Protein, Chives (1.4%), Modified Starch, Stabilisers (E410, E407), Salt, Flavourings, Preservative (E200).
Tomato Chutney Sauce:
Water, Tomato puree (22%), Sugar, Onion, Cauliflower, Cucumber, carrot, Sweet Red Pepper, Cabbage, Modified Starch, Salt, Acetic Acid, Mustard Seed, Lactic Acid, Garlic, Flavouring (contains wheat protein).
Wheat Flour, vegetable Oil, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Sugar, Chives, Yeast, Raising Agents (E500, E336).
To be honest I was not overly impressed with this, the main reason being it was really dry, the cheese and tomato was really nice but the crackers were so dry it just didn't make up for it. How ever it di fillme up for lunch,I had the splendip followed by a plum andthat was all I had for lunch. I would but this one again but would makesure I had a glass of juice at arms reach.
The second was nachoes
This one consisted of nastchos(about 15), philidelpia cheese and a mild salsa sauce.
Reduced Fat Soft Cheese Dip:
Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese, Medium Fat Soft Cheese, Water, Milk Protein, Modified Starch, Stabilisers (E410, E407), Salt, Preservative (E200).
Mild Salsa sauce:
Tomato pieces (27%), Tomato puree (25%), Spirit Vinegar, Water, Dried Sweet Green Pepper (4.5%), Glucose syrup, Sweet Red Pepper (4.0%), Onion, Modified Starch, Salt, Flavouring, Spices, Preservatives (E202).
Corn Flour, Vegetable Oil, Flavouring, Wheat Flour, Salt, Sugar, Acidity Regulator (E262), Yeast.
This one was really tasty, the salsa is mild and tangy, not in the least spicy and it works really well with the cheese. My only problem with this is the natchos break so easily, if one has been bashed about on in the shop they may be broken before you get them home and if the cheese is a little stiff they breakin it. But they are really tasty so its worth it. I just used a spoon to scoop up any left over bits. (now I just sound greedy!)
Im not super slim yet but with snacks like this I will soon be a little thinner (if i can lay off the chocolate) these splendips should really help, they are tasty and low in fat with each pack containing less than 7 grams of fat and no more than 196 calories so it's a healthy snack or small meal and at 99p each there not badly priced either.
I only bought the above mentioned two kinds but I know there are at least two more Cheesecake Splendips and Thai Sweet Chilli Splendips.
For more information visit www.philadelphia.co.uk or your local super market
Warning:: these are quite adictive, im buying a few everytime I go to the supermarket now, even my kids are starting to have them in their packed lunches. They are much better then ham sandwhiches