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.
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:
The 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.
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?
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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.