The cheese people, Laughing Cow, have developed Mini Cravings, tiny cubes of individually wrapped soft cheese. Each square has just 14 calories.
There are three varieties. Mini Cravings 3 cheeses; Mini Cravings Mixed Herbs and Mini Cravings Original. All packs contain 24 cubes.
Although I don’t usually buy this type of cheese, I couldn’t resist these. I bought one of the 3 cheeses and one pack of mixed herbs. The mixed herb pack contains three varieties: ham & herb, garlic & herb and three cheese. The three cheese pack contains cheddar, smoked cheese and blue cheese.
As the photo further down shows, the cubes are all packed into a box with a slide off wrapper. This wrapper is tightly fitted so if you slide it off entirely, it’s very hard to put back on! That aside, each little cube is easy to unwrap by pulling back a little white tab. Then you can eat it as it is, or do whatever you would normally do with soft cheese.
I my case, I tried different varieties on their own and spread onto oat cakes. The overwhelming flavour is the soft cheese itself with the added herbs etc providing a subtle hint of flavour. Because they’re not strongly flavoured, their taste can be overwhelmed if you spread them onto a stronger flavoured base, such as a herb cracker. I squashed them onto plain oatcakes with some sliced tomato to make a quick and easy snack.
I can't say these have been hugely popular in my household. Hubby prefers regular cream cheese and one of my girls who likes cheese, would rather the flavours were stronger. I think you really have to like this type of processed cheese to enjoy these Mini Cravings but they're not for me.
Mini Cravings are widely available in most major supermarkets.
Nutritional Information per 5ml cube (Three cheeses): 14 calories, 1.2g fat, 0.8g saturates, 0.2g carbohydrates, 0.2g sugars, 0.0g fibre, 0.6g protein, 0.1g salt. Calcium 14mg.
Ingredients (Three cheeses): Rehydrated Skimmed Milk, Butter, Cheeses, for the Blue Cheese variety (13% Blue Cheese), Milk Proteins, Emulsifying Salts (Sodium Polyphosphates, Citrates, Phosphates and Diphosphates, Citric Acid), Flavourings, Salt
Ingredients (Mixed Herbs): Skimmed Milk (Water, Skimmed Milk Powder), Cheese, Butter, Milk Protein, Emulsifying Salts (Sodium Polyphosphates, Citrates, Phosphates and Diphosphates, Citric Acid), Milk Protein Concentrate, Flavourings, Thickener (Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum), Preservatives (Nisin, Potassium Sorbate), Salt
Ingredients (Original): Skimmed Milk (Water, Skimmed Milk Powder), Cheeses, Butter, Milk Proteins, Emulsifying Salts (Sodium Polyphosphates, Citrates, Phosphates and Diphosphates, Citric Acid), Salt.
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