Monday, January 16, 2012

La Creme Cow Spreadable Snack Cheese

I'll bet your snack cupboard is pretty well stocked for your little ones. But what about your own snacks? Do you try to snack healthy? Are you looking to try something new? 

Well, Parmalat Canada has brought a new product onto the market. La Creme Cow is a new line of spreadable snack cheese geared to adults. It is available in three delicious flavours: Original, Light, and Parmesan & Peppercorn. The cheese is presented in individually wrapped wedges, making it really convenient for snacking on the go (throw a couple in your lunch!) or for just grabbing a small bite without the worry of having a large block of opened cheese going bad.

I received a lovely gift basket from Parmalat, along with a selection of the La Creme Cow cheeses to try. I have a group of dear girlfriends who get together every Friday evening for some relaxing and chatting and fun. Yes, and wine and definitely snacks. So I decided I had the perfect group here to taste test La Creme. We put together a plate with the three varieties and some crackers, and we dove right in. Everyone had some samples. Then some more samples. Yes, they went over well. One of the girls has declared this her new favourite snack.

The clear taste winner of the evening was the Parmesan & Peppercorn. It has a wonderful flavour with a great peppery kick. The mild, smooth taste of the Original also went over well. The Light version wasn't a favourite, though it wasn't terrible. I found it a little sweet-tasting. It has 43% less fat than the Original, so if fat is a concern for you it is a good choice. And there are 20 fewer calories per wedge. Both the Original and Light are one Weight Watcher's point, so if you are following that plan, there is no points benefit (a couple of the gals mentioned this.).
You can see the difference between the Light (on the left) and Original

My gals suggested a delicious and quick breakfast recipe using this cheese. I tried it Saturday morning and was really pleased.

Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

Break a large egg into a microwave safe mug
Pierce the yolk with a fork and lightly scramble
Add one wedge of La Creme Cow cheese 
Microwave on high for 30 seconds
Remove from microwave and mix with a fork
Microwave on high for an additional 40 seconds
Salt, Pepper, and enjoy!

I made this with the Original cheese, but I think the Parmesan & Peppercorn would be even yummier. I chopped the wedge of cheese into three to make it melt more quickly. Along with half of a toasted bagel with butter, this made for a quick and satisfying breakfast. 

For entertaining, this mild and creamy cheese spreads easily on crackers and makes a great base for a multitude of toppings. How about trying the Parmesan & Peppercorn with smoked salmon topped with dill!

La Crème Cow spreadable cheese can be found in the dairy section of your local Loblaws or Metro 
grocery stores nationwide and is available in the following formats:
- Original (12 pk, average retail price - $5.49)
- Light (6 pk, average retail price - $2.99)
- Parmesan & Peppercorn (6 pk, average retail price - $2.99)

Would you like to try some for yourself? Parmalat is offering up a $100 gift basket like the one pictured above, to one lucky Raising My Boys reader. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Best of luck!
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