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Cream cheese that works perfectly for cheesecake – top 5 we’ve tried

Published by Finn Hayden

Cheesecake is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts that you can make. But as easy as it is to make, it's still quite easy to get wrong. You have to get everything right, and one of the key aspects is the cream cheese - the part of the cheesecake which most people agree is the most delicious. Choosing the right cream cheese for your cheesecake is crucial, but very few recipes online will recommend a specific brand or type to use. We thought it would be useful to round up the best cream cheese to buy so that the next cheesecake you make tastes delicious, let's get into it:

Waitrose Duchy Organic soft cheese

We're always recommending Waitrose food on our website, but the standard really is impressive. This soft cheese from Waitrose is a great example of the quality we're talking about - it has a mild and creamy taste, making it ideal for a simple and delicious cheesecake. Plus, it spreads very well. Learn more and buy it here -
Waitrose organic


Philadelphia is an obvious choice to include in a list of the best cream cheese you can use for a cheesecake, but there's a reason it's the most popular cream cheese you can buy - it's very good. We've tried to make it a little bit interesting by recommending the Light version of Philadelphia over the standard version, as we find the light version still spreads very well and tastes much the same as the normal variety despite containing 40% less fat. Learn more and buy it here -
Philadelphia light

Co-op soft cheese

We feel like we're always raving about the food from the Co-op, whether it be the excellent pizzas or the great low fat cheese, this supermarket seems to be great at everything. The soft cheese from the Co-op is no different - made using milk from Denmark, we love the rich flavour and think it works perfectly with a cheesecake. It's also less than £2 per tub, making it one of the cheapest products in this list. Learn more and buy it here -
Co-op soft cheese

Paysan Breton Luxurious Cream Cheese

The slightly salted taste of this luxury cream cheese from Paysan Breton actually works surprisingly well for a cheesecake, especially if the topping of your cheesecake is either chocolate or caramel. It's also ideal if you want your cheesecake to have a luxurious feel - this cream cheese is whipped which gives it a very airy and light texture. Plus, there are no additives in this. We've spotted this at our local Waitrose, learn more and buy it here -


Waitrose 50% reduced fat soft cheese

We've already included the organic Duchy soft cheese from Waitrose, but we wanted to include this reduced fat version of the soft cheese too as it's also very good, and for anyone who wants to make their cheesecake much healthier, this is a great option. It perhaps doesn't taste quite as creamy as the organic, full-fat stuff, but this cream cheese will work very well for a cheesecake and will make you feel a bit better about yourself if you decide to have an extra slice. Learn more and buy it here -
Waitrose reduced fat cream cheese

M&S Whipped Soft Creamy Cheese

M&S does some of the best food products that you'll find in any UK supermarket, and there are a number of cream cheese and soft cheese options on the M&S shelves. But we found the M&S Whipped Soft Creamy Cheese to be the best of the bunch - as the name would suggest, this cream cheese has a lovely lightness to it but is also rich and creamy in taste. It's perfect for a cheesecake, learn more and buy it here -
M&S Whipped Soft Creamy Cheese 150g

Hopefully this guide helps you to find a cream cheese which will work perfectly for your next cheesecake! Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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