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I think Dairylea strip cheese or cheese strippers as we call them, are aimed more at children but in our house the children have to be pretty quick to get a look in if I buy these as my husband will eat them all given the chance.
I don't buy them very often but sometimes my youngest will pick them up when we are shopping and I will buy them as they have calcium in and as not a lot of milk is drunk in our house we eat a lot or cheese.
These can be bought in packs of 4, 8 or 12 and are advertised as a good source of calcium and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added.
The cheese is easy to open, you just peel back the packaging at the top.
When you first look at the cheese it looks like a block but on closer inspection it is 2 blocks side by side with thin strips of cheese that peel off from either side.
It is quite fun to peel the cheese and then eat it as it just makes it a bit more interesting than eating small cubes of cheese.
But the cheese is very mild which is strange that it is liked so much in my house as I always buy mature and everyone eats and enjoys that.
I think it must be liked so much because it is different and takes longer to eat as you are peeling the cheese off before you can eat it.
The cheese itself is very smooth when you put it into your mouth but it is tasteless.
Per cheese strip (the full one that you open) is 70 calories and 23% of the daily recommended amount of calcium.
The prices are around £1.50 for 4; £2.50 for 8 and £3.25 for 12.
So they are not really cheap for what they are but I only buy them now and again.
My daughter really loves cheese. More recently I have been purchasing pre grated cheese for sandwiches and to put on top of jacket potatoes, as this can be very messy I wanted an alternative cheese for my daughter to snack on.
I used to purchase cheese string but priced at £1.49 for 4 this was very expensive. These Dairylea strip cheese were price at only £1.30 for a pack of 8. So slightly on the more expensive side as I usually try and purchase items from store own brand ranges such as Asda smart price, Tesco value and Sainsbury's basics.
The strip cheese's are around 4 inches in length and are a rectangle shape unlike the round cheese strings, and are individually wrapped which makes them great to put in a lunch box or just to take out as a snack. I am not a fan of Dairylea cheese as i find it to creamy and slightly sickly in large quantities. These on the other hand a thicker but not a hard cheese, they are light in colour just like there soft cheeses and do have a creamy taste but not to the extent where they explode in your mouth if you take a larger bite.
Like the name strip cheese you can pull I small section off the length of the cheese and it will strip from one end to the other. It is very easy to strip and great for small hands. My mum always told me never to play with my food but you can't help but have a small play with these. They are lovely and now I have really changed my mind, now I can say I really like Dairylea cheese but only these from there range so far.
My daughter really likes these and compared to the likes of baby bells these are much more likely to be put in my trolley at the supermarket.
So if you see these and fancy a change for your child's lunch box or just as a snack at home I would really recommend giving these ago.
As it is getting dangerously close to the kids going back to school, I have had to restock my fridge with all the lunchbox goodies that I normally have an abundance of, but due to the holidays have been whittled away to nothing!
My son (who actually starts school in a weeks time, god I fell old now!), has no problem with eating yoghurts and other milk based products, my daughter though will eat one thing in this category, and that is cheese!
This being the case, and the fact that the cheese she likes the best, ie cheese strings, Babybels etc are the dearest on the market, I was overjoyed to find these on offer.
The product I will now review is - "Dairylea, strip cheese".
I have to say these are by far my favourites due to the fact that even though it is of course what many would deem the "plastic cheese" it is very flavoursome and much softer in texture than most.
Each cheese strip comes in it's own vacuum packed plastic sleeve with a small nic at the top for ease of opening, there is a distinctive picture on the front of each strip of the cartoon cows that are featured in the television adverts for the strips and spread alike.
When the packet is ripped open, very easily a good thing as my daughter is of an age now where the school thinks that a dinner lady helping hands on with them is unnecessary, I know, I still struggle myself and I'm 31!
You are faced with a, what at first seems to be a block of pale cream coloured cheese, on closer inspection the cheese has been sliced lengthways and through the centre to created around 10 strips of cheese, then stuck back together again, it is the same sort of idea as a cheese string but with out the actual peeling method behind it.
The block itself is around ½" deep and 3" long, which makes it the ideally sized snack for a lunchbox.
The taste, well I will take it from daughters point of view first....she detests it! I have no idea why, she said that I gave her cheese sandwiches one day with a strip cheese as well and as the cheese we have in our house is the very mature kind made the strip cheese taste funny, since then she won't eat them.
This of course means I have brought a few multi packs of this cheese, due to them being on offer, with no-one to eat it....typical!
I decided the only way to get rid was for me to take them to work as a snack, so I did and I was suitably impressed!
The smell is very subtle when the pack is first opened, very like cheese spread, so when I took the first bite (of two may I add, and I didn't sit and peel it into pieces either!), I was pleased that the cheese, albeit in solid form, taste of smooth and delicious cheese spread.
The nutritional information is as follows -
0.2g of which sugars,
3.8g of which saturates.
This product of course contains milks, but also has a high quantity of calcium and vitamin D, so for those that can eat it, this would be a welcome addition to a child's, or adults lunchbox!
The particular pack I have in front of me is a 12x21g multipack, this was on offer for £1.00, which I s an amazing saving, as full price I have seen these on sale for around £2.20.
For more information visit - www.krafthealthyliving.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Whilst on holiday I had a similar product to this from a different brand and when I got back from Holiday yesterday I decided to try these when I was in my local Tesco Extra store. You can pick these up in packs of four or eight and they range from about £1 to £2 depending on which pack and there can sometimes be various different offers from time to time like buy one get one free or money off just like many other products most notably Cheese Strings by Golden Vale. So let me tell you about this produce from Dairylea.
These are blocks of cheese which are able to break into little strips, I find these are great for a snack as they are relatively cheap and are much healthier than some other snacks on the market. Each block of cheese comes in it's own individual packet which you just open where the strip is and hey presto. The cheese is cheddar and is amongst the creamiest cheddar cheese I have ever tasted. The mildness of the cheese is a real aid to the creamy nature of this cheese and I think that it's a very tasty one indeed.
Now we come to the end of my review and summing up I would have to recommend this cheese to anyone who likes their cheese creamy. I would say these are better than Golden Vales Cheese Strings as the cheese has a more creamy flavour and is a lot more like normal cheese. These are versatile enough to be used in sandwiches, salads and even pasta dishes as well as for snacks. All things considered I would rate these Strips of cheese five stars out five. And finally These Cheese strips are really Brilliantly cheesy.
Dairylea Cheese Strips
What are they?
Some packs of cheese.
Well, it's just cheese really, although they've somehow made them into strips and then stacked and packed them into neat handy packets. They're also packed with calcium and vitamin D.
How do they taste?
The bulk of it is cheddar cheese and the taste is more of a medium flavoured cheese - not so light as bland but not very strong like you get with mature cheese. The texture is also quite soft and fresh, no stickiness so there no messy hands and almost has a sponge-like feel to it.
The packets are relatively small, 21g tube-like sticks, would definitely be enough for a kid but I think adults would need two - I always feel I need a second helping...!
I like the fact that they have calcium and vitamin D, but I'm a bit concerned about the high salt content - a whopping 0.5g per little stick. Not sure about you, but I'm sure that is too much in such a small portion.
They are sooo expensive! Well, about £1.96 for a packet of 8 sticks, which I think is too much for eight small chunks of cheese. They're on promotion at Tesco's for £1 which I think is much better value (I have 4 packs in my fridge now).
Well, I suppose, the appeal to them is the tendency to want to start peeling them apart when you open them up to eat - and it makes it more of a fun way to eat cheese, I guess... To be fair they are designed for kids and are a neat handy little sized packet to place in a kiddie's lunchbox.
Thanks for reading. xx
© Leighsa 2009.
This product is the latest from Kraft's Dairylea range which, for so long featured those Dairylea triangles of soft cheese. What they've done here is take this winning formula and taste and made a slightly harder cheese out of it, emulatig and providing a rival to cheese strips that are so popular with kids.
You can buy these in packs of 4 or 8. We usually tend to get the packs of 8, as you do get a little bit of a bargain, albeit it 9p or so. Packs of 4 come in at just under £1, packs of 8 at under £2. We got our 8 for £1.90 or thereabouts. Inside each indiviual strip, there are strips of the Dairylea soft cheese, that you can peel of as per the product picture up above. Each pack is probably about 12 cm long, and a good 1cm wide and deep.
The taste is unmistakably Dairylea. There is asomething a little different, a little quriky, with Dairlyea. It's creamier than normal cheese, and lighter, and although it's not as soft and spreadable like Dairylea usually is, these are not quite as hard as regular cheese (cheddar) is. They taste good, and are an ideal snack size for kids' lunch boxes. My son happily has 2 or 3 a week. The only thing is we can quite easily get through the whole pack of 8 in a week, as they're very handy for a snack at any time.
The packaging is very easy to open. A simple plastic 'bag' containing the 8 packs, with then sets of 4 packs that are easily separated. The cover peels off the front, and then you can keep the cheese inside while you access the strips to take one off at a time.
Of course, there's nothing stopping you beign a pig and just chomping the whole lot without peeling the strips off, but it's a clever and quirky take on the cheese strings idea that was previously out there, although these peel off in strips whereas the strings come off in strands of cheese, making them a bit more versatile and fun to play with. This, of course, is by no means condoning playing with food! ;)
Ultimately, I'm happy to buy these. It is a bit of a gimmick, and therefore the price is a bit higher, if you consider how much cheese you get for your money. Each pack contains 25g, with around 80 calories and just over 2g of fat, so it's not too bad, and at about 25p per strip, I consider it reasonably priced, although definitely not an esential when you consider how much more cheese you could potentially get for your money. Kraft has a good Dairylea product here.
Dairylea Strip Cheese...........
Jack and I both adore cheese and when I saw these ages I ago I couldn't help but try them out. I instantly loved them and so did Jacks so I have been buying them ever since they came out and half the time I have been trying not to scoff the whole packet.
The Dairylea Strip Cheese comes in either a four pack or an eight pack and although there is not much of a saving I always buy the 8 pack as it seems to vanish in out house! The price of the 8 packet is £1.89 pence and the four pack is priced at 98 pence.
The packet design is similar to all the other Dairylea products and is a light blue in colour with the Dairylea black and white cartoon cow pictured. The strips are housed inside the outer packaging and then individually wrapped in a easy to remove plastic wrapper. Jack can't take these off himself yet but they are so easy to do I am sure he will master that soon!
The Strip cheese is the same creamy colour that the regular Dairylea Triangles or spread is but the Strip Cheese is a lot firmer and not at all spreadable. It is slightly softer than regular block cheese but still has a slightly squidgy feel to it. They measure around 10cm or so in length and are about half and inch thick. They can be "stripped" apart as the name suggests but more in flat oblong strips compared to cheese strings that tend to tear in very fine pieces.
The Dairylea Strip Cheese smells just like standard Dairylea and it also has the same flavour. I personally love the taste of Dairylea in any form though I do think that the spreadable triangles and the spreadable pots you can buy come often taste a little too salty where as with this strip cheese I can't really taste any salt at all. They do however taste very creamy and delicious. The cheese taste is not strong though like a cheddar but very mild. They can taste rather milky but again this is an aspect both myself and Jack like.
Compared to cheese strings, these ones are far superior. They have a more natural taste and I would always opt for these no matter what. Jack won't eat cheese strings at all but he could eat these by the box load!
They are not too bad either as far as calories and fat go in cheese as per 21g packet there is 73 calories and 3.8 grams of saturated fat. The salt is still pretty high I feel at 0.5grams but with chese I guess this should be expected.
I do however adore these Strip Cheese's and because of that fact I will continue to buy them over any other cheese like this available. They are of a good price, good quality and they are mighty tasty!
A five star product and one I will give a high recommendation to.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to come and read!
Recent history is littered with the battles between like-minded commercial products such as VHS vs BETAMAX, BLU-RAY vs HD DVD and now we have a new battle- that of Chese Strings vs Dairylea strip Cheese .
These are a very similar product from the makers of Dairylea triangles and spread and seem to me to be a much better product. I guess it is all down to personal preference but these are a little bit cheaper and just look more appealing on the packaging than Cheese Strings. Also my 14 month daughter loves them as an afternoon or lunch-time snack and they are something with which she can feed herself- something she is becoming more and more keen on doing.
If you don't like Dairylea, and I am not a huge fan myself, the chances are you won't like these but they do exactly what they say on the packet. They are thin strips of cheese that come in individual packets of 21g which are packaged in one block that you can then pull apart to form lots of cheesy strips and are much less messy than Dairylea triangles which, as a kid, I always had trouble with as I usually ended up with at least a few bits of the foil wrapper in my mouth!!! They come in packages of eight packs of 21g or four and prices vary from each supermarket though many of them have deals currently on the packages of four making two of them cheaper to buy than a package of eight!!!
They are made, so the bumpf on the back tells us, "with all the goodness of (a picture of a lump of cheese), contain calcium and vitamin D and are a tasty way to help build strong (picture of a bone) and teeth. Made for you with (picture of a heart) from Dairylea." The ingredients consist of:-
cheddar chese (76%)
Emulsifying salt (trisodiumcitrate)
Perservative (Sorbic acid)
What do they taste like? Well they are ever so sligtly more tasty than either Dairylea triangles or Spread but if you don't like Dairylea I wouldn't be rushing out to buy these but they seem to be of the high quality you expect from a respected and recognised brand-name. They are manufactured by Kraft and suitable for vegetarians and, apparently according to the back, little rascals. There is the usual website address for more information- www.krafthealthyliving.co.uk- and product should obviously be kept refridgerated between the temperatures of 1-5 degrees C. Apparently they are produced in Austria with an extra helping of happiness but I don't see that listed on the ingredients so perhaps they take that out for the British market-LOL!
They are made with mild cheddar cheese according to the front of the packet and each 21g packet contains 73 calories, 0.2 g sugar, 5.8 g of fat, 3.8g of saturates and 0.5 g of salt.
I hope this review has been helpful and please enjoy your strip cheese responsibly!!