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Jun 16, 2014 08:35 AM

Some Philadelphia Cream Cheeses losing hechsher

Apparently there's a new bacon flavor (with real bacon), which impacts a number of other varieties. Double check your preferred one before buying:

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  1. This is the list from the article. I have a feeling that the one that will be the biggest problem will be the first one. Then again, I don't care for sweet or spicy cream cheese. If the cream cheese doesn't make my breath stinky, I'll settle for plain.

    List from the article:
    •Philadelphia Original Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Strawberry Fat Free Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Milk Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Caramel White Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia 2x Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
    •Philadelphia Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread

    5 Replies
    1. re: CloggieGirl

      Well, the fat free tastes terrible and has filler that is probably more unhealthy than the milkfat it's replacing so don't worry too much about it.

      Ingredients: Skim Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Contains Less Than 2% of Sodium Phosphate*, Sugar*, Salt, Color Added*, Xanthan Gum, Pasteurized Milk And Cream**, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Propionate As Preservatives*, Carrageenan, Cheese Culture, Carob Bean Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate*. *Ingredient Not In Regular Cream Cheese.

      1. re: DeisCane

        I'd worry more about accidentally grabbing it because I would probably just mentally process it as "plain cream cheese". I prefer the whipped stuff anyway. Its so much easier to spread since I don't toast bagels unless they're just on the edible side of stale.

      2. re: CloggieGirl

        Hi Yoseph. We have an update to share! We heard your concerns and the concerns of others recently regarding Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads losing kosher certification. As loyal consumers, your concerns were really important to us. As a result, we went back to the drawing board to see if we could change our process to bring you all your favorite products, kosher certified. We’re excited share that we found a solution and all of our current spreads will maintain kosher certification. Moving forward for about the next two months only, Philadelphia 2x Protein Original Cream Cheese Spread and 2X Protein Honey Cream Cheese Spread varieties will be in stores without kosher certification.As always, please be sure to check for proper marks prior to purchase or consumption. Let us know of any further questions and have a great day!

        1. re: latke

          Is this is official from the company? Is this posted somewhere officially?

          1. re: KosherVeg

            Yes, they responded to my complaint on Facebook and updated their response on their Facebook page last week to say they listened to me (and presumably others) and changed their production line :)