Stop the Presses! I Like the Cheese! (Weight Watchers Giveaway)

While talking with Maria Bailey (co-founder of MomTV) once about grocery shopping, she asked me if I buy store brand cheese to save money. I immediately declared, “Absolutely not! I will not buy store brand cheese, or low-fat cheese, it’s full-fat name brand or bust!”  I hadn’t really tried a brand of low-fat cheese I liked, and even full-fat store brand cheese melts funny.

So I laughed when a representative from Weight Watchers® Cheese contacted me to see if I’d like to try their new cheese products.  I have lost 10 pounds so far this summer with Weight Watchers, and I love the program, but I had stopped short of buying the products they make.

I was intrigued, though, because I had never actually tried the WW brand cheese.  So, I told him that I would be a tough audience. (ala “Mikey”) But if they’d still like to send me some, I would try it with an open mind!  They weren’t scared of a doubter and sent me this Weight Watchers Cheese Snack Pack.

Weight Watchers Cheese

It was a moment right out of the Life Cereal commercials of the 70s!  I actually liked the cheese!  My husband liked it, and the kids liked it.  And we had fun tasting the different flavors.  And the best part is that the point levels actually fit into my daily limit.  I only get 22 points a day for my activity level.  I’ll get more when I start back with dance classes this fall.

Here is the scoop on each cheese product:

WeightWatchersCheeseWedgesThe new Weight Watchers Gourmet Cheese Wedges come in four mouth-watering varieties – Original Swiss, Garlic & Herb, Parmesan Peppercorn and Jalapeño Pepper – and are perfect for spreading onto crackers, apple slices, celery sticks and more for a deliciously fun and easy snack.  Each rich and creamy wedge has only 30 calories, packs more fiber than the leading competitor and comes with a POINTS® value of 1. The wedges have a suggested retail price of $2.99-$3.99.

These Cheese wedges were surprisingly good! I loved that they were pre-wrapped in individual servings, 1 POINT for the win! My kids, of course, thought they were specially sized for them, and they loved having their own little wedge to themselves.  I ate the cheese on crackers, and pretzels, but you could also put it with celery or pretzels.  The flavors weren’t overpowering, so if you’re expecting spicy, it won’t be.  But I thought the subtle flavors were great.  My favorite was the Parmesan Peppercorn, with nicely sized pepper in it, and the Swiss is perfect when you need a really mild flavor.Weight WAtchers Cream Cheese

The new eight-ounce variety of Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread is ideal for baking and snacking alike with pre-measured servings and the same easy-to-spread goodness that has made Weight Watchers cream cheese products a hit. And in addition to its flavor props, the spread boasts 40 percent less fat than regular cream cheese and a POINTS® value of 1 per serving. The cream cheese spread has a suggested retail price of $1.69-$1.99.

This was the Crowned Jewel of the package! I adore bagels, and they must have Cream Cheese- lots of it!  Pumpernickel Everything is my favorite, and I only know one place that serves them! The ONLY low fat Cream Cheese I have ever liked is the Philadelphia 1/3 less fat.  I cannot do Brueggers or Panera light cream cheese (aftertaste!), I’d rather have the calories.  I actually enjoyed the Weight Watchers Cream Cheese MORE that Philly! Great texture, plenty of flavor, and no aftertaste.

The Weight Watchers Light String Cheese, weighs in at  1 POINTS® value per serving Now you can get the flavor and texture you expect in a light string cheese. Our individually wrapped light string cheese is a good source of protein and calcium.

Loved it!  Not too salty, and the perfect portion for an afternoon pick-me up.  Actually my kids ate most of these, but I did manage to sequester a few for myself.

We also tested the Monterrey Jack slices and Shredded Cheddar, and while they were good straight out of the fridge, they did have a strange texture after melting.  I recommend these products for cold sandwiches, salads or straight snacking, but maybe not for burgers or melted cheese nachos.

Want to try it for yourself?

Weight Watchers would like to offer one Real Life reader a chance to win a snack pack just like I got, to try it for yourself! So if you’re a “Light Cheese Skeptic,” like me, go ahead and enter!

  • Leave a comment on this post, sharing your favorite cheese!  What do you think of Light Cheese and have you tried WW Cheese?

Leave a separate comment for each extra entry if you:

  • Post this Giveaway on Twitter (must include @reallifesarah and #WeightWatchersCheese) Here is an example Tweet:

Wow! @reallifesarah actually likes the #WeightWatchersCheese! Enter to win a Picnic Snack Kit from @weightwatchers: http://ht.ly/2k7gX

(I do this to thank subscribers/followers with an extra chance to win!)

And remember, Real Life is on Facebook now! I’d love to connect with you there!

This contest will be open to Continental US Residents 18 or older, through August 13, 2010. One winner will be chosen by random number generator, and notified by email. Winner will be responsible for claiming the prize by email.

Disclosure: Weight Watchers sent me this Snack Pack to try the WW Cheese varieties, and provide my honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.  No other compensation was provided for this review/giveaway.

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

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  1. ScrappinMichele
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    I am also very picky about my cheese. I grew up in WI and my parents owned a cheese shop. I haven not tried any of the WW cheese before. So far the light cheese that I eat are Laughing Cow and Lacey Swiss. I’m willing to give the WW a try though because if it passed your “mike” test, then maybe I’ll like it. (loved you as mikey)

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  2. ScrappinMichele
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    I am a subscriber of you blog

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  3. ScrappinMichele
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    I follow you on Twitter

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  4. ScrappinMichele
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    I’m following Weight Watchers on Twitter too.

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  5. ScrappinMichele
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    and last, but not least…. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/scrappinmichele/status/20192720366

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  6. Tonya
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    I love cheese and have never found a lowfat brand that I really like…but your review intrigued me, so I’d love the chance to try them out.

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  7. Tonya
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    I subscribe to your blog

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  8. Tonya
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    I’m following Weight Watchers on Twitter

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  9. Tonya
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    I follow you on Twitter

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  10. Tonya
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    I tweeted

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  11. In college, I was a cheese addict and my kids are real cheese snops. (What 4 yr old asks for feta?!?!?) With that said, I started trying lowfat cheeses when I started Weight Watchers 2 years ago and I must say, it was a pleasant surprise. For cooking(like mac and cheese), I’d even mix lowfat and fatfree. I’d make grilled cheeses with lowfat and put in on my salads. I think it’s a mental thing but it’s very doable.

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  12. subscriber

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  13. I’m picky when it comes to cheese. I have not yet found a light cheese or light cheese spread that I really enjoy eating. I haven’t tried the WW cheese products because I’m afraid I won’t enjoy them either. Being a WW member myself for the past 15 weeks, and losing 33lbs, I should be open to trying them but I’m skeptical when I have to spend money on something new that I’m not sure I would like anyway. I have tried several other WW products that people have suggested and so far the only one I’ve found that I just can’t handle is the Giant Latte Ice Cream bars … they are NASTY! I do however love the Giant Fudge Bars!! I’d love to try the cheese and see if I like it before spending money on it then finding out I don’t like it after all.

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  14. Subscribe to RSS using Google Reader

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  15. Follow Weight Watchers on Twitter

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  16. Follow RealLifeSarah on Twitter

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  17. Niki Miller says:

    I am not at all picky about my cheese. I but whatever is on sale and usually a 2% variety for myself.

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  18. Niki Miller says:

    Following WW on Twitter

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  19. Niki Miller says:

    I’m a real life subscriber!

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  20. Niki Miller says:

    I follow RLS on Twitter!

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  21. Niki Miller says:

    Tweeted 🙂

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  22. Monica @MacaroniKidNYC
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    Great contest! I love all cheese, but I’m partial to the hard, nutty ones like Cave Aged Gruyere and this one called Hoch Ybrig (omg you have to try it). I do like some lowfat cheeses, but have found they aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be so I’m curious to try the WW ones!

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  23. Monica @MacaroniKidNYC
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    I follow you on Twitter @MacaroniKidNYC

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  24. Monica @MacaroniKidNYC
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    I tweeted about the contest @MacaroniKidNYC

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  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE laughing cow cheese!!

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  26. I already follow @Weightwatchers because they are awesome!

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  27. I have followed you on twitter forever….just checked and I was not…hmph why does that happen…no worries..I am again! =)

    I follow YOU because you are just dynamite…and no wonder I have been missing your tweets!

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  28. I love cream cheese only b/c I can use it in so many different things plus have it on my bagel too. ;o)

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  29. I’m a subscriber by email!

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  30. I follow Weight Watchers on Twitter!

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  31. I follow you on Twitter!

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  32. I have to say that I like American the best. I have no problem with low fat cheeses at all. I am not really that cheesy (pun intended) though……….

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  33. Cori Westphal
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    I’m a huge fan of Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese. Yummy!

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  34. Cori Westphal
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    I’m an RSS subscriber via google reader.

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  35. Cori Westphal
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    I follow WeightWatchers on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  36. Cori Westphal
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    I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

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