“ Brand: Tesco / Cheese „
Christmas is coming and so I have been swapping branded products for lower priced ones, we have been using Tesco Light Choice Cheese Triangles for a good few weeks now instead of Dairylea.
The triangles come in a cardboard circular box, on the front of the box is a picture of a cow holding a cheese triangle, it says on the packaging that the cheese is Half Fat and there is a Healthy Eating logo.
There are 8 triangles in the box, each triangle comes in a foil wrapper, on top of each wrapper is the same picture that appears on the packaging. There is a red tag and the idea is you pull the tag to open up the wrapper which sometimes works but other times the tag has broken and I find it very hard to get the cheese out without making a mess!
This morning I decided to have this spread on my toast, the cheese looks white and creamy and I could smell the cheese instantly. One triangle easily covered two slices of toast and would probably have done a further slice but I like my toast to be completely covered with the spread.
What always surprises me about these triangles is even though they are half fat they have loads of flavour, biting into my toast I could taste a light creamy cheese which was delicious!
The spread itself is quite thick but I can easily spread it onto bread but when it comes to toast I have a terrible job and usually land up with lumps of spread on my toast! Also if I have made a stack of toast the spread tends to glue them together and my toast falls apart.
These cheese triangles cost 69p for 140g, Dairylea usually cost 95p for the same weight, I know there is only a 26p difference but the pennies soon mount up and I think they taste just as nice as Dairylea.
Cheese (44%),Water ,Dried Skimmed Milk ,Whey Powder , Emulsifying Salts (Sodium Polyphosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Triphosphate, Potassium Phosphate) ,Calcium Phosphate.
Each triangle contains 29kcal and 1.2g fat
These are half-fat cheese portions.
You may have been familiar with Dairylea cheese triangle over the years, and without a doubt these remain the favourite of most people. Of course with many people on a budget in recent times, cheaper food is being sought out in the supermarkets, and the supermarket own brands are getting a good look-in now.
There are eight of these triangles in the familiar circular cardboard container. They are in my opinion a little thicker than I remember the Dairylea triangles. Admittedly I haven't had Dairylea for a while, so they might have thickened them up a little.
But back to these. I decided to have them on some hot breakfast muffins. While the muffins were toasting, I made an effort to get these unpeeled from the silver foil and managed to do so pretty quickly, but despite the triangles being in the fridge, they wee a little soft and sticky and wee bit difficult to completely remove from the foil.
When the muffins were toasted, I put the triangles on them and attempted to spread. These don't spread very well - not on a hot buttered muffin anyway. Never fear, I thought, under the grill they go to soften them up a little.
I didn't want to completely melt these into the bread, so I warmed them through a little, so that I could spread them. All this seemed to do was toughen the triangles, so brute force was called for and my lunch ended up looking a little mangled.
Saying that, it all went down the same way and was enjoyed by me.
These don't taste particularly strong or cheesey. There is a rather oversweet taste from them, rather than the savoury flavout you would expect from a cheese product.
I actually think these work better straight onto untoasted bread, they definitely seem to spread better when there is no heat involved.
They are not a bad price, about 70 pence if I remember right, so I will buy them again.
Since I am on a diet, I have to watch what I'm eating. I still like to have Sandwiches for lunch, and I miss the odd bit of toast. Since I cannot lager my toast with Butter now, I have been using Cheese triangles and have cam across these ones on my weekly shop at Tesco.
A pack og 8 good sized Cheese Triangles cost 72p, which is a bit cheaper than the brand named ones. You also get this in the tesco Value range, which is cheaper again, but i've not tried those yet and may do in the future.
The packaging is a round cardboard deep tray and the lid lifts off to reveal the individually wrapped Cheese triangles. The colouring on the pack is a light yellow and it has the Tesco logo on it, and a small picture of the product. The Light Choices range is part of Tesco's own healthy living range. The triangles are wrapped in silver foil and have a little sticker on the front of them with the product writing on them. They have a little bit string so you can get this open, but on a couple of occassions this has broke, and it was messy to get the Cheese out of here.
Each Triangle has 29 calories and 1.2g of fat, so they aren't that bad for you. They weigh 17.5g each and I find this provides a good enough scaping for 2 of my small bits of weight Watchers bread. You could use 1 Triangle per bit of normal bread, but i guess it depends on how Cheesy you want it, and how thick you want it spread on the bread.
So how does it taste? It tastes nice and flavoursome. Yes it doesn't perhaps taste as Cheesy as say Dairylea or others brands, but this is a shop label and also a low fat alternative. You can smell the dairy smell from this and I think it tastes nice with a little tang to it. It is very easy to spread, and although it is quite thick, it speads on fresh bread easy enough and well on toast.
A good buy and 1 I will purchase again.
I am a huge fan of spreadable cheese and sometimes I even want to eat triangles whole and on their own so I want to try and be healthier wherever possible.
Light Choices cheese triangles are sold by Tesco stores for 74p for 8 triangles so this is quite reasonable. Each triangle has 29 calories and 1.2g of fat so these are something tasty that I can eat without worrying too much about my waistline.
The triangles are within a round cardboard box which has a pull tab which opens the box in to two halves and within the box are 8 individually wrapped cheese triangles. Each triangle is wrapped in foil and has a pull tab which once tugged will open the whole of the top of the triangle making it nice and easy to get out whole or to dip your knife in to spread on to bread or for use with whatever you want it for. The cheese is lovely and creamy and is a pale beige colour (just like other spreadable cheeses). I thoroughly enjoy these and I can't taste any difference between these are the other Tesco ones (with more fat and calories) and while these are 7p extra per 8 I do think it's worth paying a little extra for a far healthier product.
I am very pleased with the quality of these triangles as well as the packaging and I will be purchasing them again. I like nothing more than using one on half a bagel with Marmite. These cheese triangles are delicious eaten alone or even with salad in a roll. I am rating these 5/5 as the price is great and the taste is fantastic. The cheese spreads very well and is delicious on a nice fresh baguette.
I have always loved cheese from Brie to Cheddar and Applewood to Spread Cheese. In fact it was always a standing joke in our family that, when I was at my grandmother's house as a child on Saturday afternoons and it came to tea time I would always ask for 'crisps, cheese and bread and butter'! For this I would get a spread cheese sandwich and a bag of Walkers crisps and that was heaven for me.
I have always liked most of the varieties of spread cheese and some time ago my favourite was a product called Cheddarie which was made by Kraft. I think it must have been withdrawn for some reason because I haven't seen it anywhere for ages now. I liked this particular cheese because it had a real cheese tang to it. Since then I have stuck to Laughing Cow, Dairylea or Tesco's own brand - whichever is on offer when I am shopping. Whilst these are all really nice they haven't got that same taste that Cheddarie had.
Last Sunday when I was in Tesco's I noticed that they have produced spread cheese triangles in their new Light Choices range so I decided to purchase a box of 8 portions which cost me 74p.
The box itself is round and made from cardboard (recycleable) and looks light and fresh with the Light Choices colours. The background is cream with TESCO and light choices written in pale blue.
Reading the front of the box I discovered that these are 'creamy half fat cheese portions' which 'contain 50% less fat than standard Tesco cheese triangles'. It also tells you that these cheese portions are a good source of calcium which is pretty obvious really since they would be made from milk which is full of calcium!
The nutritional information is also on the front of the pack and tells you that each portion of 17.5g of cheese contains 29 calories, 1.5g of sugar, 1.2g of fat (of which 0.8g is saturated) and 0.5g of salt.
At tea time I decided to have some Sesame Seed Ryvita with some of my new spread cheese. I peeled open the first triangle and I could immediately smell the fragrance of cheddar cheese.
I spread half a triangle on each of my Ryvitas and took a bite. I was very impressed. This actually reminds me of Cheddarie. It has the same real cheddar cheese flavour which I love and the texture is lovely and creamy. You could certainly be forgiven for not believing that it was low in calories!
I would eat this cheese with biscuits, on a sandwich, with a salad, spread on toast on its own or spread on toast with beans on. With that last idea you end up with beans on toast with a delicious cheesy flavour but with fewer calories than if you were to spread butter on the bread instead of the cheese spread.
The new light choices range even has its own website at www.tesco.com/lightchoices although there isn't very much information there yet.
In conclusion I would say that if you are a fan of spread cheese and these are definitely worth a try especially if you are trying to loose a bit of weight.
They are also suitable for vegetarians.