A new “hot” product at the groceries this week is Philadelphia Cooking Creme, a softer, spoonable cream cheese type product which, if you believe the ads, will revolutionize your recipes.
As you can guess, it’s a highly processed product that bears little resemblence to actual cream cheese. I had a hard time finding an ingredient list – it’s not on the Kraft or Philadelphia website. I found a foodie blog that lists the following as the ingredients for the “Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme”.
Pasteurized nonfat milk and milkfat, water, whey, whey protein concentrate, salt, red bell peppers, cheese culture, onions, maltodextrin, garlic, tapioca starch, spice, yeast extract, sugar, lactic acid, corn flour, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor, corn syrup, citric acid, chipotle chili pepper, lime juice, sorbic acid (as a preservative), jalapeno peppers, vitamin A palmiate.
Ah, our old friend corn syrup. And yeast extract (think: MSG), sugar, and maltodextrin. Yummo!
Do yourself a favor and skip the “creme”. Make your own- just mix sour cream and cream cheese, and gently heat over low heat with chopped green chiles until the cream cheese is smooth for an out of this world sauce for chicken. And that’s real food, too.
Fooducate recently wrote about Kraft’s growth strategy. Unfortunately, the food conglomerate is planning to branch out into more fake food in order to drum up business (vitamin gum? Really?)
Come on, Kraft. Surely you can do better than this.