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      01.11.2013 14:14
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      Yummy in my tummy!

      I love things to spread on crackers and toast so when I spotted this in my local Nisa store on offer for 80p a tube I bought it!

      There are a few flavours available and in Nisa, they had the plain cheese, one with salmon and I bought the 'Burger Cheese' variety.

      The Packaging:

      This comes in a plastic yellow and black coloured tube with a black plastic twist on/off cap to the bottom if it and on the front of it we are shown a burger with cheese and told that it is Primula Burger Cheese 'Mild' and then on the back of the tube other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients and a full nutritional chart are given along with an at a glance nutritional chart being shown, the weight is stated which in my case is 100g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. Nice, easy to use packaging this is as well as being informative enough.

      The Primula Cheese:

      First off I feel that I must give you some facts about this squeezy cheese! Its a good source of calcium and its high in protein and it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is also gluten free and safe for mums to be as it is made from pasterurised milk and suitable for Vegetarians and this particular flavour per 25g squeeze only contains 49Kcal and just 2.4g of fat!

      This squeezes out of the tube easily and its glossy and a sort of peachy colour and you can see really small shards of red chillis and peppers in it along with some flecks of green dill and its easily spreadable.

      Its absolutely packed with flavour! The cheese flavour is the most apparent thing going on within it and it would be because 49% of it is cheese and although there are other flavours going on in this you get a slightly sour but still smooth flavour. The chillis give it a fiery kick though it isn't too much and I thought as this contains chillis that, in the main that would be the flavour but whats nice if you get the cheese, the chillis and the flavour of the dill and not one ingredient over takes another and they work really well together.

      You can eat this any way you like of course! This is delicious, good quality and can be stored in the fridge for 14 days from opening it and in my opinion this is better than the likes of Dairylea and Philadelphia!!!

      This is one I will be certainly be buying from now on and since having it on melba toasts I've had a sandwich with this made with a few other ingredients too and on toast as a light snack...I think its wonderful and very versatile stuff.

      Available in all good supermarkets etc at around a pound a tube mark.

      Also posted on Ciao.

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        10.12.2012 18:17
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        Swap this for your usual sandwich spread, you won't miss it!

        I am supposedly trying to eat a little bit better in the run up to Christmas so I can indulge to my heart's content on the day! :D And one of my downfalls in definitely cheese, I love heaps of it grated on a jacket potato, shephards pie, lasagne or simply in a sarnie but when I was scouting the cheesey isle in Tesco's an alarm bell rang in my head and I thought I could definitely cut out some of the bad guys buy buying spreadable cheese because a little goes a long way! I would usually opt for something like dairylea triangles or Philadelphia light, however I spotted these Primula squeezey tubes of ham and cheese spread (the ideal combination) and thought it would do me no harm to try it, especially because the fundings from the product goes to support charitable causes!

        ~ Primula ~
        The company behind Primula is called Kavli, which has a long history and a strong heritage of producing high quality, wholesome foods for all the family.
        Kavli is different to most other businesses because its sole purpose is to generate funds which can be used to support good causes. Kavli is part of the Kavli Group, which also has commercial operations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

        The whole group is owned by The Kavli Trust, a charitable organisation, which uses profits from the commercial operations to support a variety of good causes both locally and worldwide, including research, cultural activities and humanitarian work.

        Aswell as ham & cheese squeezey tubes, Primula (Kalvi) also produce other flavours such as cheese & chives, cheese & prawns, regular cheese and light cheese (both available in tub style aswell). There are also a range of dips available; thai sweet chilli, salsa, sour cream & chive, roasted garlic and nacho cheese. More recently Primula have introduced cheese and cheese & chive PODS.

        ~ Price & Availability ~
        Primula squeezey cheese spread is sold in asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco. The tub style is only available in Tesco's in one flavour. You can find them for around the £1.30 mark at full price but all of the supermarkets I've listed currently have it on offer (10/12/12).

        ~ Packaging ~
        Primula ham & cheese spread comes in a triangular-ish shaped tube with a dark blue screw top lid. The tube itself has a background colour of a pinky red and on top of this a creamy yellow to represent the flavour combination. Primula's logo is printed at the top aswell as the name of the flavour in this case 'ham'. Beneath this is a picture of some very delicious looking, thickly carved ham on a plate and on the side some nice yellow cheese. Just below the picture is a little mouse informing me that the profits of this product go to charity. The back of the tube gives me serving suggestions, ingredients, a nutritional information table as well as at a glance nutritional chart, product weight and contact details.

        ~ Smell, appearance, taste & texture ~
        On opening the lid there is a little foil tab to keep the innards fresh, once you've peeled this back you are greeted with an appealing, mild smokey bacon smell. Squeezing some out of the tube you get a thick, pale yellow creamy looking cheese spread with little flecks of pink running through it. It's not so thick that it's difficult to spread but thick enough that it doesn't just run everywhere. The taste is perfect, you get a definite hit of smokey bacon mixed in with a mild hint of cheese. The ham for me, is certainly the prominent flavour and works so well! I do find this spread to taste a little salty though, but that's what you get for mixing cheese and ham together as they are both salty enough on their own. But it doesn't ruin the overall taste experience. The texture is perfect; it's very smooth and has no unpleasant lumpy bits. I like to pair this spread with a jacket potato as it melts beautifully into the potato, on a bagel or toast instead of butter for lunch or just simply in a sandwich with some salad. There are endless possibilites really, you could even use it in pasta to make a gorgeously creamy, smokey, cheesey sauce.

        ~ Other information ~
        Each 25g squeeze (which is actually quite a lot) contains, 50 calories, 0.8g of sugar, 3.8g of fat, 2.5g of saturates and 0.5g of salt. So, compared with actual sliced ham and cheese is it a lot better for you - imagine the calories you're saving! But yes, unsurprisingly the salt content is high as is the saturates.

        A 25g squeeze provides 12.5 % of your daily calcium. It's high in protein, contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, is gluten free and is a pasteurised product suitable for mums to be.

        ~ Overall opinion ~
        I love this cheese, I much prefer it to any other cream cheese I have tried and I think it's the only one on the market that does a ham & cheese variety. The combination works perfectly together and it is so versatile. I would highly recommend this spread to anybody who enjoys ham & cheese together, you wouldn't miss the actual slices of ham and cheese because the taste is just the same, if not better!

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          15.05.2012 21:45
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          a lovely squeezy cheese

          I love cheese, maybe one of my downfalls as its not exactly healthy but everything in moderation! I like different varieties of cheese like cheddar, brie, cream cheese, babybels, cheese strings ect, most types of cheese really!

          Primula is a type of cheese spread, its not exactly cream cheese as its not creamy like Philadelphia, its more like laughing cow cheese triangles but more runny (yes that might sound horrible but its really nice!). The primula comes in tubes so you can squeeze the cheese out or it comes in a tub. The primula in tubes is available in more varieties than the primula in a tub.

          The primula comes in original, cheese and ham, cheese and chive, cheese and prawns or original light and if you get it in a tub it is only available in original. The tubes are 150g and the tubs are 200g. I prefer the tubes as the cheese is a bit runny so its easier just to squeeze it out of a tube rather than taking it from a tub. The tubes are currently £1.30 in tescos while the tubs are £1.15 so you are getting more for your money with the tubs.

          The cheese is around 50 calories and 3.8g of fat per 25g squeeze (slight variations between the different flavours) and for the light version it is 37 calories and 2.2g of fat per 25g squeeze which is pretty reasonable for cheese.

          I have tried all the varieties of primula and they are all very tasty. I usually have them on either digestives, crisp breads, toast, crackers or in place of butter/marge on a sandwich (goes well with ham). I know squeezy cheese probably would not be to everyones taste but to me its lovely. It isn't overly cheesey and it just has a nice creamy flavour, its kind of hard to describe so you should give it a go if you are intrigued! My favourite is probably the cheese and ham, it has small lumps of ham mixed in with it (again might not be to everyones taste) and has a bit of a saltier taste compared to the rest which is yum. I'm also a fan of the light version, it tastes pretty much the same as the normal version but with less calories and fat which is always a bonus.

          Overall this is a lovely cheese spread, great for a snack or to have for lunch, I would definatley recommend it to anyone who is a cheese fan

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            17.03.2012 17:35
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            A lovely, tasty low fat spread that I will enjoy again!

            As a cheese addict, it has been hard to let go of the one food I truly enjoy on anything (yes, anything) on my current diet. So when I saw Primulas new light spread for 99p, I knew I had to try it. There are a lot of varieties in the Primula range with something for everyone, from ham to cheese and chive flavour.

            The light blue plastic tube is nothing like the ones I used to remember as a child, the metal tubes that you could put a key in the top to squeeze the last drop of cheese out! I wonder why they're no longer metal - maybe for recycling purposes. The packaging for the light cheese spread proudly proclaims that profits from Primula go to various charities and that the tube is only priced 99p (compared to the £1.30 price for the other tubes).

            Initially, I was a bit wary of this; my memory of Primula cheese is my mum making soggy white bread and ham Primula sandwiches on a Sunday afternoon when she couldn't be bothered to cook. As such, I can no longer stomach this spread on anything other than crackers or rice cakes! I got a couple of boxes of the like out of my cupboard and sat down to nom, hoping that I hadn't wasted my £1. The taste is exactly as I remember Primula - exactly as I remember it, which is a good thing as the light version didn't exist the last time I ate it! It's still sticky and a funny pale yellow colour but most of all it's very yummy. It's quite a mellow tasting spread and you might be hard pressed if you over power it with other toppings to recognise it as cheese; but it is unmistakable.

            I had mine today on rice cakes with ham and some hot salsa, which worked nicely, although if I put too much salsa on the cheese taste was lost completely. The back of the tube suggests that you could use it in a small quantity instead of butter or margarine - not sure why you'd want to do this but I guess it is possible! I have to say though, it was a bit of a chore spreading it as it was so sticky, so I don't know if trying to spread it on bread would be advisable.

            Per 100g, this spread has 149 calories in it, with 150gs in a tube. It has 400mg of calcium per 100g and 8.9g of fat. It's suitable for vegetarians and pregnant women and should be used within two weeks of opening.

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            23.04.2010 16:25
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            The nicest spreadable cheese around

            Yummy yummy! That would be the best way to describe this cheese!

            I have loved this since I was a little girl when I used to sneak into the fridge and squeeze some out of the tube straight into my mouth - disgusting habit! I had it on my sandwiches for my packed lunches and I still love it now.

            Ok, if you are a cheese connoisseur who enjoys things like extra mature cheddar and a nice stilton washed down with a nice red wine then this is probably not your bag! But then if that's the case you're probably not a big fan of spread cheese in general.

            Primula cheese has such a lovely taste, unlike some spread cheeses which don't actually taste of much at all. It is cheap, generally about £1 or so for a tube and it is sold in most supermarkets.

            I have tried the version with ham in, which I put off trying for a while as I really though it would be horrible (ham in a tube??!) but it is actually very lovely. I still prefer the original cheese one though. I haven't tried the prawn or chive flavours simply because I don't like prawns or chives, but I'm sure if you do then they will be lovely too!

            My own personal favourite way of eating this is on some lovley fresh white bread with a bit of Branston Pickle spreadable also. Can't be beaten!

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            09.04.2010 14:15
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            I love it!

            Just recently I've been on a calcium drive, noticing I get next to no calcium in my diet has found me loitering around the dairy section in the supermarket trying to find items that I both like and contain calcium so a couple of weeks ago when I noticed the tubes of Primula cheese I bought one for about £1.25. They do versions with added ham and chives but I plumped for the plain cheese one.

            The tubes are 150g and mostly yellow with a blue lid. There is a picture of a cartoon mouse on the front eating a chunk of cheese. The nutritional statistics per 35g squeeze are as follows: 79 calories, 4.5g protein, 0.7g carbohydrates, 6.5g fat of which 3.7g saturates, 0.2g fibre, 0.4g sodium and 140mg of the all important calcium. So a bit high in fat but it is cheese after all.

            The cheese is to be kept in the fridge and once open you have 7 days to eat it which is a good amount of time and frankly it didn't take me that long to eat the tube either! You can get recipes for Primula cheese products at www.proudtobecheesy.co.uk or you can do what I do and just pop it on bread or crackers and have it as a snack.

            The cheese is a very light yellow and of course soft as it squeezes out of a tube. One thing I liked alot was the fact it squeezes out in a patterned effect as the hole at the top of the tube has a star type shape to it so you can make this look nice as well as taste nice.

            As for taste, well of course this tastes of cheese but it tastes alot like Dairylea. It's got that cheesy but not natural cheese taste to it where of course you know it's processed but it's still extremely tasty. My partner calls it "plastic cheese" and won't eat it but I love it! I like a good thick covering on a couple of crackers as a snack in the afternoon and not only is it tasty but I also feel good about adding to my low calcium intake.

            You can do alot with this cheese if you want to and put some on baked potatoes or an omellette and pop them in the microwave or under the grill to melt it. You can add it to milk to make a sauce or yoghurt or creme fraiche to make a dip. It will appeal to kids because it squeezes out in the star shape and looks interesting as well as tasting good. It's a thoroughly useful product to have in the fridge.

            The calcium level is 17.5% of the recommended daily amount if we are to believe the tube but the tube has 800mg as the RDA whereas for a woman of my age it's actually 1000mg but still this helps me to get some extra calcium in my system and that's a huge plus because I struggle to eat much dairy.

            Overall it's tasty, not particularly expensive, contains calcium and versatile. I'll be buying this on a regular basis now I've got a taste for it and may stray into the chive version at some point. The only downside is the fat level but I won't be lopping off a star for that as most cheese is high in fat and you just have to eat it in moderation. A full 5 stars from me!

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              22.01.2010 13:45
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              This is the best Cheese spead out there in my view. You get this in Original Cheese version, Cheese and Ham, and Cheese and Spring Onion. I like them all, but tend to not buy the Original one really, as I like the flavouring of having the Ham or Onion in it.

              These are in a plastic tube, so really easy to get a measured amount out. Pity this isn't available in Cheese Triangel format, as you could just put a few in a piecebox say if you were getting fresh Rolls for work or that. I don't fancy carrying this tube about with me.

              This costs about £1.20 and is found where the Cheese slices and Triangles are.

              The tube is a light yellow colour and depending on which flavour you get it will have a little symbol on the front.

              To use this you just unscrew the lid, take off the tiny foil covering and squirt this out. It is sort of like a Toothpaste tube, and I think it works in the same way, the more you squeeze out, then the more comes out. The Spread isn't exactly thick, but it spreads easy enough. If you want a thciket spread, then just squirt more out and make a thicker covering.

              I think the Ham one is my favourite as the Cheese is nice, but the Smokey Ham taste mixed in is lovely.

              A nice spreadable Cheese product.

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              08.01.2010 18:17
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              1 of the nicest spreads I've tried in a while

              I'm tired of rich food after having eaten so much over the festive period so on a mooch around our local Qualitysave today I found just the thing - Primula cheeses in a tube. There was a choice of prawn, plain cheese, cheese & chives & cheese with ham which were each priced at only 69p for a generous 150g.

              I haven't had Primula cheese spreads since my girls were very young & decided on the cheese & ham but will be going back to buy the other flavours.

              OK it's not the most tasty or exciting food around, neither is it particularly healthy (although it states it's 'a good source of calcium') but it suited my mood & I thoroughly enjoyed a good squeeze on my (unhealthy) white bread this lunchtime. It's also lovely on fresh baguettes, crackers & toasted sandwiches & I remember once using half a tube in a cauliflower cheese years ago when I'd made it too thick!

              The tubes are as shown in the picture & they have a sturdy screw-on/off cap. The spread itself is protected by a small aluminium circle which, when removed, means you can store it for up to 7 days in the fridge.

              The spread's a pale yellow & easily spreadable because it's fairly thick. I saw a few tiny bits of ham in my serving but couldn't really tell by the taste but even so it didn't spoil my enjoyment. It's easy to dispense exactly how much you need so there's no waste & as the container is similar to that of a toothpaste tube you can roll the top down.

              The full ingredients & nutritional values are listed on the reverse of the tube - I won't list them as they're clear to read & I know some Dooyooers get annoyed at seeing lists - but just to tell you that Primula state the spread is made 'with real cheese & smoked ham' & the calories are 231 per 100gm which is pretty good in my opinion.

              I would definitely buy this again for the convenience & price but would like to point out that if you liked the taste of smoked ham you may be disappointed.

              I think it's a good little product to have in store for snacks all times of the year & may make good bases for quickie dips as well as making quick snacks for people of all ages.

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                29.12.2009 21:42
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                Will be searching for a better product.

                My son loves cheese served in any form but I do find the soft cheese doesn't tend to last long once it has been open so when I spotted a tube of Primula cheese and ham creamy cheese in home bargains for 89p I thought it was definitely worth trying.

                For some reason Primula conjures up an image of childhood cheese like Dairy lea but as I don't particularly remember eating it not sure why. I have actually found a Primula cheese cookbook from the 1950's /1960's so clearly was a popular cheese. Further investigations have found that Primula cheese has been around since 1929.

                The tube contains 150g and is available in a variety of flavours including cheese with chive, prawn or ham a Smokey cheese or original cheese but will focus on the cheese and ham tube for this review.

                The cheese has a few months shelf life and can be kept out of the fridge until opened although I kept mine in the fridge as the idea of eating warm cheese did not seem appetising. Once open it should be consumed within 7 days.

                Nutritional information

                It contains 51% cheese and 5% ham which only just about makes it that cheese is the main ingredient.

                The tube provides information for 100g serving but suggests that 35g is an average serving. In my experience these average portions are very small and so tend to be very small.
                Kcal 231
                Protein 11.8g
                Fat 18g
                Salt 0.9g

                Our experience

                When I asked my son if he wanted cheese and ham spread sandwich he was very impressed and actually laughed that he was been given both and seemed like a real treat to him.

                The tube itself looks like a thin long tube of toothpaste and when you remove the lid it is covered with a foil seal like an icing kit that squirts the cheese out in a star shape.

                This can be quite creative and could be used to decorate cracker for snacks and useful when getting the children involved in cooking however my son thinks it's like a play dough toy that you just keep going until you run out of cheese.

                The cheese itself appears to be a pale yellow colour and you cannot see any traces of ham.

                When you dip into the cheese it looks like it will be really sloppy but is actually thicker than you imagine. The cheese is really mild and does have a slightly synthetic taste. The ham is noticeable more in texture rather than in the taste. I can detect small chunks of ham in the cheese but I can barely taste it.

                I did find that it is very easy to spread even straight out of the fridge.

                I have to say that my son really loved the taste but will be comparing the cheese content of normal soft cheese before purchasing this again.

                There is a website which does contain more information but also a selection of recipes to utilise with their cheese.

                www.primula.co.uk

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                  24.09.2009 13:41
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                  A tasty cheese by leaders in the market.

                  Cheese is one of my favourite foods and in particular soft cheese and spreads. My number one favourite soft cheese on the market is Primula who produce a variety of flavoured soft cheeses. In their original range they have four flavours: Original, Cheese and Chives, Cheese and Ham and Cheese and Prawn. I am a vegetarian so have only tried the first two listed here. In my review I will focus on the Cheese and Chives variety which is a firm favourite of mine.

                  Primula soft cheese is best known for being sold in malleable, squeezy tubes (although they now also have tubs). The tubes are made of sturdy plastic so never split. They are also easy to fold over when the tube starts to run out and they keep this compressed shape so it makes it easy to dispense the cheese from the end of the tube. The cap is a secure screw-on type but spins off quickly and easily. I've been eating Primula cheese since I was a child. My sisters and I used to love the shape of the cheese as we squeezed it onto the back of our hands! The star shaped nozzle leaves the lines of cheese that are dispensed with a zig-zag effect. This makes it an excellent choice for children as it can be really fun to see this pattern emerge!

                  Each tube has 150g of cheese inside. All product information is printed on the reverse side of the tube. Both the original and Cheese and Chive flavours are marked as being suitable for vegetarians. My Cheese and Chive flavour also contains no colours or preservatives and is also suitable for pregnant women. It is also gluten free. Nutritional values are also provided. 35g of the product contains 82 calories and 6.7grams of fat. A helpful daily guidline on recommended daily allowances of calories and fat is also supplied here.

                  On the tube the brand also have a small notice about their support of the Kavli foundation. This charitable group was created by the son of the company's original founder and now award a share of their profits (ie. from the sale of this cheese) to art projects and important medical research facilities as well as to educators and relief project groups.

                  Back to the product at hand, Primula cheese has a unique taste and texture that I haven't tasted in any other cheese on the market. Yes, there are copy-cats but they come nowhere near to providing the distinct flavour and texture of Primula. Years ago there used to be a cheese spread called Sun-Pat and that is the nearest a rival has ever gotten to matching the brilliant flavour of Primula!

                  The Cheese and Chive variety contains real chives which are finely chopped and which seem as though they have been cooked a lot as they have a stringy, soft texture as opposed to being crunchy. The pieces of chive are abundant throughout the cheese and provide a dark green mottled appearance. The smell of the cheese is very strong. It reminds me of when you go to woods in the spring and Ramsons are in flower. It's a sharp, garlic-mushroom aroma that is very mouth-watering.

                  The creamy cheese flavour is still noticable as a gentle undertone but this cheese is overpoweringly sharp with it's onion-acid flavour. However, the flavour is never too much or too strong or pungent - I think the blend of buttery cheese manages to cool the chive flavour down a little bit.

                  The Cheese and Chive variety can be used in a multitude of ways. My favourite way to eat this is to simply spread it on toast. I have also used this with mashed potatoes and pasta. It really gives a dish a kick and tastes very sophisticated. On cold items the cheese holds it's shape and will stay in a little sausage after you squeeze it out unless you spread it. On hot foods the cheese will melt though - this has a great effect on pasta as it becomes almost like a sticky sauce. The cheese provides a quick and easy way to cook.

                  I thoroughly recommend that you discover Primulas tasty range. The brand have also just started making their answer to Philapdelphia style soft cheese. They are now producing a 'Deli' range available and tubes. I have tried the original flavour and I am very impressed by it!

                  For mor information on the range go to:

                  http://www.primula.co.uk

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                    A lovely spreadable cheese

                    Primula Spreadable Cheese...........


                    I have been using this Primula Cheese now for a good number of years and I have tried many other types but find myself always coming back to the rather special and distinctive taste that Primula has.

                    Primula is basically just a soft spreadable cheese that is in a tube. There are a few different flavours but my favourite is still the plain old original one. We have tried the other flavours but none of them were that special. The other flavours include;

                     Cheese and Prawn which I thought was horrible as the prawn pieces tasted like little hard lumps and overall the two flavours didn't mix well together.
                     Cheese and Chives which is probably my second favourite though of course as you would expect the chives didn't taste as nice as fresh chives but on the whole the flavours do work well together.
                     Cheese and smoked ham. This variety for me has a generally too smoky taste to it. I think if they tried to dull the smokiness down it might taste a little better but if you used non smoky ham then you wouldn't notice the ham was there at all. However again the pieces of ham feel too hard mixed together with the nice soft cheese.

                    On the whole however the classic plain cheese it the best and you can always chop your own chives to add on top of the Primula and crackers or indeed slice some tomato which is exactly what I do.

                    To buy a tube of the Primula Spread you will be looking to pay around the region of £1.20 pence. This is a very good price compared with the other spreadable cheeses that are on the market. Primula has a long shelf/fridge life so can be left unopened in the fridge for a good year (good old additives!) But it does say that once open it should be eaten within a month.

                    You seem to get a lot for your money when buying these Primula tubes as there is 150 grams which goes a long way. Because it is a tube it is easy to get out though there is probably some left in the tube right at the end because as opposed to a tub the last few dregs cannot be scrapped out.

                    Primula itself is very tasty in my opinion though I would think that some people may find it rather salty (because it is - but I like it salty). It does have a very thick creamy like texture and of course the lovely cheese flavour is there. It is actually made from 51% cheese. An average portion is worked out to 35grams and a 35g squeeze contains 341 cals, 4.6g protein, 0.9g carbohydrate 0.4g of which is sugar, 6.7g fat of which 3.7g is saturated fat, 0.2g dietary fibre, 0.3g sodium, 0.3g salt and 140mg of calcium.

                    On the whole I enjoy this product immensely. There are so many ways to eat it. You can have it in a sandwich or indeed on crackers. It goes with lots of other things to spice it up a bit, fresh chives, tomatoes and avocado. Or indeed like I caught my other half doing the other evening you can squeeze it straight from the tube! (If you are a filthy pig who forgets that other people live in the house too! Grrrrr).

                    I have tried all the other spreadable cheeses such as Dairylee or the new Seriously Strong Spreadable but none seem to have matched up with the creamy, cheesy, salty flavour that Primula have got down to a fine art.

                    A top five star rating and a high recommendation.

                    I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

                    Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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                      my favourite cheese spread.

                      PRIMULA CHEESE SPREADS


                      I love cheese and love cheese spreads, i usually am searching the stores to get the best price on the Primula range of cheese spreads and recently found them in tescos store for two for £2.00 as they are usually priced at around the £1.20 mark each i got two and find they are absolutely delicious.


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                      They come in easy to squeeze containers with a screw on lid and i keep mine in the fridge they give a use by date for december and i do have a variety of them in my fridge now, ive tried a few of their rangte and will tell you what i thought.


                      The container is usually a mixture of colours the background usually is a yellow colour and they usually have a little picture of the added ingredient they have added to this cheese spread, if its cheese and prawns then you get a picture of a prawn, if its the ham and cheese one you get a picture of a sheet of ham and so on.


                      They copme in handy easy to squeeze tube containing 150g of lovely thick creamy cheese spread.


                      I use them in a sandwich, on toast on top of dishes i pop into the oven like pasta and on cream crackers or ritz. It is delicious and i have tried the cheaper range but i always come back to this brand as its worth paying a little bit more as the taste is second to none.


                      My favourite variety and so is my partners is the cheese and ham it is loveloy, cheesy spread with a lightly smoked taste of ham.


                      I find it makes a change to have on toast and love it in sandwiches just on their own or with a slice of tomato.


                      Great in a sandwich with a stick of fresh celery too, or a bag of crisps my favourite lunchtime snack.


                      Or in the evenings as a treat.


                      Apparently the profits from selling this product go to the Kavil Foundation to support humanitarian projects worldwide, but dont as yet know what these causes are wilol have to look further into it.


                      The cheese in each tube contains 51 percent, which is good, and also concentrated skimmed milk, butter this one im reviewing has prawns 10 percent contains salt but does mention on the packet that it contains no added flavours, colours but does state is not suitable for pregnant women which is always a good thing to know ( no not going to have any more babies am a granny to seven and have raised four beutiful children) lol.


                      I enjoyed this spread and never get bored with its lovely creamy texture, its easy to squeese onto nice fresh bread and i wouldnt swap to any other brand.


                      Thanks for reading and rasting my reviews x

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                      13.05.2009 11:37
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                      yum yum!!

                      Primula has been a favourite of mine ever since I was a kid. Actually, cheese in general has been a favourite of mine since a kid. I literally love cheese of any kind. I love the difference in flavours and textures depending on what cheese you eat. There's so much variety of cheeses, whenever I get to the cheese counter at Asda I'm in heaven.

                      I love the harder cheeses and what not for use on toast etc. But I absolutely love Primula on sandwiches. A nice fresh, warm, crispy loaf of bread, with lashings of Primula and maybe a little bit of salmon or ham. Delicious!

                      - Packaging -

                      They used to package Primula in the little metal tubes, but I don't think they were good for recycling. Now were in a recycling mad world, they've changed to plastic tubes which are easier to recycle, but not so easy to squeeze the last bits of cheese out of. It's had the same coloured packaging etc ever since it was released, and is familiar to everyone as Primula. Each different flavour has something a little different on the front, showing what ingredient is mixed with the cheese, but it always has the picture of the little Primula mouse. With a little bit of foil covering the tip to keep the cheese fresh inside, you remove this after opening the screw top lid, which is then used to keep the cheese fresh by itself.

                      - Price -

                      Normally Primula is around £1.15/£1.18 for the 150g tubes, but is currently on offer at Asda, 2 tubes for £2. It may seem a little expensive for cheese spread, but the taste is definitely worth it. I've bought Primula from Home & Bargains before at around 70p for a tube, so keep your eyes open for bargains.

                      - Ingredients -

                      The ingredients below are for the plain Primula only, ingredients may vary for the other flavours.

                      Cheese (54%) , Concentrated Skimmed Milk/Whey , Butter (contains Salt) , Emulsifying Salt (Sodium Phosphate) , Modified Starch .

                      - Nutritional Value -

                      Per 100g ;

                      Energy : 947kJ/228kcal
                      Protein : 12.9g
                      Carbohydrate : 2.1g (of which sugars 1.4g)
                      Fat : 18.7g (of which saturates 10.5g)
                      Fibre : 0.6g
                      Sodium : 1.1g
                      Calcium : 400mg

                      - Overall -

                      Ok so we all know cheese isn't really good for calories and fat, but it's good for you in other ways, and Primula is just as good. With an average 35g squeeze of the cheese giving you 17.5% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium. Which is essential for keeping your teeth and your bones healthy.

                      It may be a little expensive, but the taste is delicious in my opinion. I'm quite fussy with cheese spread, I don't like cheese spreads like Philadelphia as it seems quite dry to me. Primula is smooth, tasty and not at all dry.

                      With a variety of flavours available there's something for everyone's tastes. The other flavours are ;

                      1. Ham & Cheese
                      2. Prawn & Cheese
                      3. Cheese & Chives
                      4. Smokey Cheese flavour which is brand new!

                      With the offer currently on at Asda, I'd recommend people to get on down there and try some of the different flavours.
                      There's so much you can eat Primula with, from sandwiches, to toasties, to bagles or even in your mash for a cheesy twist!

                      Thanks for reading!

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                        04.05.2009 12:24
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                        A delicious spreadable cheese in a variety of flavours.

                        Primula cheese spread is available in several varieties (smoked cheese, cheese, cheese and chives, cheese & ham & cheese and shrimp). I have tried most varieties and my favourites are the cheese & chives and cheese & ham variety. They are available from £1.13-£1.17 in Tesco stores and this is for a 150g squeezable tube.

                        The tubes are thicker at the top than the bottom and they each have a picture of what is mixed with the cheese and the blue Primula logo and a blue screw top. Once the top is removed there is a foil fresh tab which keeps the product fresh until you open it and helps ensure that it has not been tampered with. I really like products with this feature as it's makes me feel confident that nobody has messed around with my product on the supermarket shelf.

                        The cheese is lovely and soft and smooth and the addition of chives or ham is delicious and they really do taste how they should. The ham is delicious and there are small little chunks of it. It spreads very well on as part of a sandwich or on hot buttered toast. A 35g squeeze contains around 80 calories and 6.6g of fat so it is not the healthiest thing available but then I always find that I need to use less than 35g as a little goes a long way. I enjoy this in a favourite of sandwich related lunches and I have been known to use a whole tube as part of a delicious pasta bake.

                        I would highly recommend these as they are great fun for the kids to use and are a good source of calcium. They are frequently on buy one get one free offers in Tesco & Asda so I would advise keeping your eyes peeled if you want to sample them. I am rating them 5/5 as there are lots of flavours and the design of the tube makes them very easy to use with just one firm squeeze required to give you enough for two pieces of bread. I love the varied flavours as it's nice to have some variety rather than just the standard spreadable cheese, although the original cheese alone is also very nice and my favourite spreadable.

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                        Makes a tasty sandwich filler

                        If I am on the wrong track I am sure there is a fellow Dooyoo member that will put me right.
                        I clearly remember eating Primula cheese when I was a child which is a fair few years ago!
                        Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind I have a picture of a dark blue box that was shaped in the form of a half a fifty pence piece, this box was filled with tasty Primula cream cheese.
                        Primula cream cheese is a product from Kavli Ltd who are based in Tyne and Wear and it was first introduced to the market in the late 1920's.

                        On my last visit to Sainsbury I replaced my tube of Primula cream cheese, yes you heard correctly! The company are now presenting their product in a soft plastic tube and they have a variety of flavours to choose from, cheese and chive, cheese with ham, cheese with shrimp and good old plain Primula cream cheese.
                        My favourite? The cream cheese and chive, cheese always seems to go well with any member of the onion family and this one is no exception.
                        The tubes are clean and easy to use, if not a little expensive at around £1.17p for 150g. The tubes seem to recreate the never ending dilemma that crops up when you near the end of the toothpaste tube, the neck of the tube withholds some of the product fiercely and refuses to part with it. This is where the scissors step in and take over, I snip the neck off of the tube and dig the remainder of the product out!
                        For some unknown reason the Primula cheese tube nozzle has been interfered with and as we apply pressure to the plastic tube a `star` shape squirt of cream cheese splurts out from the end of the tube. The only reason I can think of for this one is that you could squirt it onto cheese biscuits in a decorative way or maybe aim the nozzle into a party Vol Au Vent.

                        Primula soft cheese is a good source of calcium and it contains real chopped chives. It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, contains no gluten and is fine for vegetarians to enjoy.
                        A 35g `squeeze` which is the equivalent of 17.5% of the recommended daily intake of calcium which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
                        A 35g squeeze contains 341 calories, 4.6g protein, 0.9g carbohydrate 0.4g of which is sugar, 6.7g fat of which 3.7g is saturated fat, 0.2g dietary fibre, 0.3g sodium, 0.3g salt and 140mg of calcium.

                        I enjoy the cream cheese on a slice of fresh bread, mind you it does seem to take a good squirt from the tube to make enough to create a satisfying topping! Primula is very pale and creamy and you can clearly see the chopped chives running through the cheese. Although the taste of the chopped chives stay in the background it is still enough to make it an interesting choice.
                        Primula is a versatile product and is happy to be spread onto cheese biscuits, spread onto warm toast or put into a sandwich.

                        It seems that Kavli, the makers of Primula cheese spreads have branched out and have re-launched their Primula Dip range, the flavours seem very tempting, Roasted Garlic, Spring Onion, Sour cream Cheese and Chive and Nacho Cheese.

                        All of the profts that are made from the manufacture of the Primula cheese spread are used by the makers Kavli to support worldwide humanitarian projects.

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