Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Not all of my accidents while grocery shopping are terrible. Recently I accidentally purchased a package of Neufchatel Cheese because the packaging was so similar to regular Cream Cheese. Luckily the recipe for the Cheese Cake I was going to bake called for two packages of Cream Cheese and luckily I had also picked up a package of Cream Cheese.

I could not taste the difference between the two cheeses. Neufchatel tastes exactly like Cream Cheese. Apparently Neufchatel Cheese is Cream Cheese's French cousin. It has less fat but the same amount of sugar and carbs. I was surprised it had less the fat but still tasted great. Usually when something is less in fat it has more sugar in it to give it more of an appealing flavor. I will definitely use this alternative to Cream Cheese again.



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20 comments:

Jen14221 said...

That's the only kind I ever buy!

Rachel said...

I've always used them interchangably in baking but I like to use the soft cream cheese on crackers and things.

foodiechickie said...

Man I love cheese but now I feel silly that I only found about it now.

They were both pretty soft.

justJENN said...

Geez, I did that too. Yeah there's no difference, but it pisses me off that they package it the same. I feel duped.

foodiechickie said...

I hear ya!!!

Jesser said...

Most places I've lived, they market Neufchatel as 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese and below it says "Neufchatel." It's great.

foodiechickie said...

I was impressed. I love it.

Miss E said...

I love both, but then again I love cheese. When I went to Wegman's with my mother, I felt like i had died and gone to cheese. There was a smell, but when you are surrounded by cheese, wine, and olives; you tend to overlook it.

Leslie said...

Another yummy cheese is "Laughing Cow" cheese -- it's pretty low fat, but tastes scrumptious on crackers!

And, um, it's not in the cream cheese family! :)

foodiechickie said...

I like both too Enid Yvett. And cheese! Ahh a person after my own heart. Alas no Wegman's in NYC only upstate:( I'll have to find one in the D.C. area. Whole Foods is pretty good. They have lovely cheeses and olives.

I'll have to look for that one Leslie. Thanks.

Yvett said...

Hmm, I'll have to try it!

foodiechickie said...

Hope you enjoy it!

curlygirl said...

I always wondered what the difference was, thanks.

foodiechickie said...

Tast wise it doesn't seem to be any. I haven't checked closely to the ingredients to see how they had 1/3 less fat. Good question.

Rachel said...

By "soft cream cheese", I meant the spreadable kind that comes in tubs, not the more solid kind that comes in a brick.

foodiechickie said...

Ahhh gotchya.

laura said...

I never knew that either! I can't wait to try it now!

foodiechickie said...

Hope you like it also.

Victoria Winters said...

I only buy this kind of cream cheese! It's great and like 1/3 of the fat as regular. mmmmm

foodiechickie said...

I used it last night in a fondue.