“ Brand: Morrissons / Type: Cheese Spread „
PRICE: 99p for a 300g tub
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
- of which sugars: 7.0g
- of which saturates: 6.6g
INGREDIENTS: Water, cheese (25%), skimmed milk powder, butter, modified potato starch, milk proteins, whey powder, E450, E452, E339, citric acid, lactic acid, salt
35% less fat, contains milk
Morrisons Reduced Fat Cheese Spread comes in a plastic tub which bears their standard trading logo and has a cartoon image of a cow in a field, with a knife spreading a bright yellow piece of cheese smearing across a blue sky. The sides of the tub are lime green and show nutritional information, ingredients, storage instructions and allergy/dietary advice.
On opening the carton, there is a silver foil seal which is very easy to remove, even though there isn't a tab to grab for leverage.
The cheese inside is a pale, creamy yellow colour, and gives off absolutely no cheesy smell whatsoever. The surface of the cheese is shiny, and swirled into a tiny peak in the centre.
Pressing a knife into the cheese, I found I had to use a little more force than with other brands, as the consistency is very firm - therefore, it is more difficult to be precise when judging the size serving required.
I picked a little of the cheese from the knife with my fingers in order to sample as an initial tester, and noticed as I moved it towards my mouth that there was still no evidence of any cheesy smell. Inside my mouth, the little sample felt stiff, waxy and glutinous - but I did manage to swallow it, noticing that there was a distinct lack of flavour.
Not unduly perturbed at this point, I proceeded to try and spread the cheese over a slice of rather dense textured home-made wholemeal bread, only to find that the cheese was so solid and waxy, that it drew up a wodge of crumbs from the surface of the bread. Not wanting the slice of bread to be torn to bits, I tried to exert some pressure, without becoming too impatient - but frustration got the better of me and I ended up with a decimated slice of bread, unevenly covered with lumps of almost unspreadable cheese.
Defeated, I settled to eat the disaster, hoping that the very tasty bread would draw out any flavour that the cheese so far lacked. No joy! It tasted as if I'd spread candlewax onto the bread, and the only sensation I experienced was this horrid, hard, seemingly fatty lump in my mouth. I managed to wade through the cheese spread covered bread slice - but got no pleasure from it whatsoever - then later decided to give it another go, this time on a piece of Ryvita.
The same thing happened with the Ryvita, in that the cheese was far too hard to spread, and I ended up with a shattered crispbread sporadically coated with lumps of unspreadable cheese. The eating sensation was no better than it had been with the bread; hard, waxy, tasteless lumps of cheese spread, and the whole experience was very unpleasant.
I waited an hour or so, leaving the tub of cheese out of the fridge to see if it softened the texture to make it spread better, but this didn't work - at room temperature, the cheese was just as hard.
My last attempt at trying to find a modicum of pleasantness from this cheese spread was the next day when I placed a lump of it into a piping hot jacket potato. Surely the potato would melt the cheese and I could mix them together? No! The cheese refused to soften, let alone melt, and in order to make the whole thing even remotely palatable, I had to add some heated baked beans. The addition of the beans only served to add bean flavour without drawing anything from the cheese, but I managed to eat the concoction, vowing never to buy Morrisons Low Fat Cheese Spread again.
The product is a few pence more expensive than some other similar brands, and in my opinion, certainly isn't worth buying at all, let alone paying a bit extra for.
The cheese content is only 25% and I'm sure this largely is the reason for the product being tasteless. Despite the low fat claim, I personally feel that 10.05g per 100g is far too high, and I don't see how Morrisons can thus justify this product being any healthier than others of the same nature.
Definitely one to avoid at all costs, and thanks for reading!