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Cream Cheese Brand Test

Cream Cheese Brand Test

 The Contenders:

Crystal Farms       Essential Everyday      Philadelphia

Tested with:  David’s Deli “Everything” flavored bagels

This week we set out to determine which cream cheese brand made the spread. We were surprised to find that they were very similar in taste. The texture is where the products stood out differently. Crystal Farms (pink bowl) was soft and spreadable, but seemed oily. Essential Everyday (orange bowl) had a rather shiny/fake appearance. Philadelphia (yellow bowl) had a more wholesome, goat cheese appearance.

Cooking Tip: Our Creative Director, Lori, always cooks with Philadelphia cream cheese when making her famous cheesecake because it has the most reliable and delicious results!

It’s amazing that when blindly testing something as simple as cream cheese, Philadelphia  stood out.

Is Philadelphia your favorite bagel-topper?


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  1. I just made a cheesecake with Essential Everyday cream cheese. My wife bought it on sale so I used it. The cake is in the oven now so I’ll see what I get in the end. I warmed the Essential Everyday cream cheese to room temp and it stayed firm and hard to work with. I had to mix my sugar in by hand to break it up. While mixing in the eggs, I had to over beat because of chunks that would not blend. After blending as well as I could I filled the spring mold. With other products, I just smooth the top with the back of a spoon and shake flat. Not the Essential Everyday cream cheese, it was stiff and had to be smoothed like frosting. The Essential Everyday cream cheese had a odd look to it somewhat like warm mayonnaise, kind of clear and greasy. As the cheesecake cooks, the top is not getting any smoother and the raise is odd and uneven. I don’t like this stuff and wonder just what it is, because it’s NOT creamcheese!

    I’ve used many brands of creamcheese, most are good and some are a bit better. Essential Everyday cream cheese is junk, don’t waste your money.

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