“ Brand: Laughing Cow / Type: Cheeses „
Laughing cow Extra Light cheese triangles come in a round cardboard box, that you open somewhat easily by tearing a thin red thread to separate the lid from the base. Inside there are 8 individual portions of low fat cheese spread, each weighing 17.5g, thus the whole box gives you 140 grams of this low fat cheese spread. Each triangle is wrapped in silver foil with a paper label on top and they are opened, again somewhat easily (and sometimes a bit messily) by pulling a thicker red thread.
These are a version low fat version of the original laughing cow cheese triangles. This version has only 2% fat (the packaging has now changed very slightly as i see this photo states its 3% fat). Each individual portion contains 20 calories, 2.0 grams of fat of which 0.3 grams is saturated fat, 1.1 grams of sugar and 0.2 grams of salt. The full fat original laughing cow cheese triangles just over twice as many calories, where as the light version contain 25 calories per portion. So this product is indeed extra light.
Spreads smoothly, though i do find that really i need 2 portions to adequately cover one piece of average sized slice of bread, but maybe its just me that finds it a little too dry and tasteless with only using one. In my opinion you can certainly taste the difference between the very much more creamy original laughing cow cheese triangles and this extra low fat version, however I don't really notice any difference between the light version and this one.
One of my favourites sneaky snacks is to wrap one of these triangles with a slice of processed ham and eat!
This is widely available from all supermarket chains, the usual selling price seems to be £1.35, although at the time of writing Asda is currently selling them for £1 and they are on offer in Tescos buy two for £2. They have a use by date of several months, so I often stock up on this product when they are on offer, as they are slightly dearer than supermarket own brand but are much lower in fat.
***Why i buy this***
After having had a baby 6 months ago, i need to lose some baby weight, and I like to buy low fat versions of products that i enjoy eating. I buy the full fat version for my children. But this extra low fat version is one of the least calories i have found and perfect on a piece of toast for my lunch when i am wanting cheese (which is so high in fat i try to never eat it!)
I've always had an issue with 'extra light' or 'reduced fat' cheeses; that being that cheese itself is basically pure fat like butter or milk and whilst it contains calcium and protein, it's never going to be massively healthy for you so brands should probably stop advertising it as such. That being said, I'll normally always go for the lower fat varieties because they taste better and are normally less strong. I don't like strong cheese at all!
These Laughing Cow 'extra light' triangles are no exception to that rule. Whilst they still have a distinctive taste that you will be able to recognise as the same as the regular triangles, they are milder in my opinion and therefore may be more suited to younger people or fussy people like me who can't stand anything strong tasting. I find that one of the 8 slices you get in a box spreads well onto 3 large rice cakes and gives them a lovely flavour, which can then be topped with ham, lettuce, salsa, peppers, avocado or whatever else tickles your fancy. I can't comment on if there's a size difference between these and regular Laughing Cow triangles because I haven't had them in years! You get 140g in the box, which is split into 8 individual cheeses. They're foil wrapped and opened by the same classic red string device as normal Laughing Cow cheeses, something that I just can't get the hang of and so I normally end up smashing my cheese triangle to bits trying to get into them! This gets quite annoying after a while.
The actual cheese itself is creamy, and not very solid even after 48 hours in the fridge which makes it easy to spread (but makes it look a bit dodgy - not sure I like the fact that it's still very soft even though it's been chilled for a while, makes me wonder what's in it...) Each slice is 20 calories each, which is a massive difference to slicing a chunk of cheddar or even the regular triangles.
The packaging for these is very simple and recognisable. The purple colour makes it stand out on the shelf (I can only think of one other brand that uses purple on their cheese) and the distinctive red cow mascot smiles proudly out at you. For around £1.20 they're not too expensive but still more per piece than the equivalent of say, a block of value cheddar. However, if you're watching your weight but you still want to indulge if your love of cheese they're more than a passable alternative.
Laughing Cow Cheese Traingles have been out for years and they are very tasty little lightweight triangles of cheese which can be eaten on their own or spread onto you toast or Ryvita or a nice hunk of fresh bread for a lovely refreshing snack. I tend to just buy the Extra Light version these days as I have to watch my weight a lot but I personally find these just as tasty as the fuller fat version.
I buy these regularly from the local supermarket for £1.79 for 8 triangles and I usually eat one a day. They are nice in crusty breadbuns or on sliced white loaves and only 25 calories in each one, so that's not too bad ata ll.
Animals enjoy them too as my dog will often eat them up if i have forgotten them and left them in the fridge and they have gone past their use by date.
As I say, there are not that many calories and they are full of calcium so are good for you. The little lad oves to eat them and we put one into his lunchbox sometimes for school. They are easy to find in most shops and are not very expensive and very good for lunchboxes and baitboxes. The only downside for me personally is being able to get the silver wrapping off them. I know there is a knack to it but it gets me every time, especially as I have such fat fingers.
Enjoy in moderation.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Last year I attended slimming world and am very pleased to say I reached my goal weight in July 2009 and have managed to maintain it ever since. I still watch what I eat and try to choose low fat alternatives whenever possible. One of the foods I discovered from attending slimming world was laughing cow extra light cheese triangles. I love cheese but is very high in fat and calories so finding a low fat alternative was a real joy as far as I'm concerned.
Laughing cow is a French company that not only makes laughing cow cheese triangles, but is also responsible for Boursin, Leerdammer and Port Salut. The company was founded in the early 1900's by Leon Bel and was responsible for manufacturing the first processed cheese; he also was responsible for the first drawings of the iconic red laughing cow with its round cheese box shaped earrings Today laughing cow is sold all over the world. In France it is known as La Vache qui rit. The company still has its headquarters in Paris, but is now very much a multi national company. I was amazed to read that 10 million servings of the laughing cow are eaten every day all over the world. Laughing cow is the UK best selling cheese.
The laughing cow extra light cheese comes in a round cardboard box and has a purple coloured strip at the top and bottom of the box. This helps you to distinguish it from the full fat and light variants. The extra light also states that it contains just 4% fat on the box. Each box contains 8 individually foil wrapped cheese triangles. The foil is easy to peel away by using the small red tab. I am happy to announce that each triangle contains just 20 calories and 0.6 grams of fat. They are a good source of protein with each triangle proving 2.6 grams. However this is a processed food and does contain several E numbers and salt.
The best thing about these little triangles is that they taste exactly like the full fat variant! The cheese is lovely and creamy with a smooth texture. I use one triangle in place of butter on a jacket potato with a few chopped chives. I also like to add a triangle to hot pasta in place of hard cheese. It melts well and adds flavour and contains a lot fewer calories. One of my favourite snacks is a laughing cow cheese triangle spread on wholemeal toast with a dab of mustard. If you don't believe me that this is delicious try it for yourself! I also like this cheese spread on ryvita with a tomato.
The laughing cow extra light cheese is widely available from most supermarkets. A 140 gram box of 8 triangles usually costs just over £1 but Tesco have it of offer at the moment for just 75p a box, so I for one will be stocking up!
The Laughing Cow Extra Light Cheese Triangles
Description: Manufacturer: Laughing Cow / Food Type: Cheeses.
If you have read any of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) then you will know that after putting on a few extra pounds over the festive season, I have been watching what I eat and exercising regularly to get back into shape.
I used to eat a lot of junk food and because I work shifts, often ate meals at odd times too. I have replaced the naughty foods with healthier options and tried to ensure that I get my recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day too.
Cheese has always been a favourite food of mine but can be high in fat so reluctantly, I have had to cut back on it. I used to eat full fat soft cheese such as Dairylee on white toast in the morning but decided to try a lighter option instead.
So, I have replaced the white bread with wholemeal and also tried a few different versions of light soft cheese. A pack of 8 cheese triangles will cost you around £1.20 but can often be found on special offer so it is worth keeping your eyes open. It can be found in the chilled section of most supermarkets.
The cheese triangles are individually foil sealed which makes them convenient and fresh for every serving. I find that one triangle is enough for 2 slices of toast so a pack lasts a week or more.
The cheese is a lot better than you would expect an extra light version to be, it is rich and creamy and has a natural soft cheese taste that seems like it should have a lot more calories than it actually does (only 20 per triangle!) Whether you are eating this cheese on toast, sandwiches or crispbreads, in a sandwich or on a baked potato, you are likely to be impressed. It isn't as creamy as full fat soft cheese but certainly doesn't taste like anything is missing, so if you are watching what you eat, this is a product that you should definitely try.
Ingredients are as follows;
Emulsifying Salts (E452, E331, E450, E339)
Nutritional information is as follows (per triangle);
Saturated Fat: 0.4g
"Superbly tasty low fat cheese spread"
I was about to pick up Laughing Cow's Cheese Triangles whilst in the supermarket last week - but I put them down when I spotted the 'Light' variety next door and picked those up instead. I soon put those down too, when I saw the 'Extra Light' version - and into the basket they went. Normally I don't like the flavour of these low fat spreads, but I thought 'what the hell, let's see what they taste like'. The triangles contain only 3% fat, and can be picked up for £1.23 per eight pack.
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The cheese triangles contain;
Skimmed Milk, Cheeses, Milk Proteins, Emulsifying Salts: E452, E331, E450, E339, and Natural Flavouring.
Appearance & Taste
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The flavour and the texture of the cheese is lovely and smooth, and quite easy to spread. You can tell that it's a 'light' product due to the fact that it isn't quite as creamy as the regular version - still tasty though, and well worth a try. The triangles are best enjoyed straight from the fridge, as they go runny very quickly at room temperature.
Just like Dairylea's triangles, the Laughing Cow variety are housed in foil wrapper which features a quick release mechanism in the form of a red pull-tab. In theory, tugging on the tag releases the cheese from its surroundings with minimum effort. In reality, the system works nine out of ten times, but occasionally, bits of foil get stuck in the cheese - those of you with fillings will know how uncomfortable chomping on metal can be!
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The Laughing Cow Extra Cheese Triangles are a really tasty snack, which, (if it didn't say on the packaging) I wouldn't know are a low fat product. The price is certainly reasonable, and this low calorie spread will undoubtedly make cardboardy foods like Ryvita taste that little bit better - recommended.
Nutritional Info Per Triangle
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Saturated Fat: 0.4g