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  1. What is the history of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese – and who invented it?
  2. How can I make the perfect PHILADELPHIA Cheesecake?
  3. What can I use PHILADELPHIA for?
  4. Why is there sometimes water on top of PHILADELPHIA?
  5. Can I freeze PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Products?

What is the history of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese – and who invented it?

An American dairyman William Lawrence first produced cream cheese in 1872, and distributed the brand in foil wrappers from 1880 under the name of the Empire Company. It was later called PHILADELPHIA after the city, which was considered at the time to be synonymous with top quality food. In 1903, the Phoenix Cheese Company of New York bought the business and with it the PHILADELPHIA trademark. Production of the brand increased when Phoenix merged with the Kraft Cheese Company in 1928 and new, more consistent manufacturing processes followed. Today, it is one of the most famous soft white cheese brands in the world.

How can I make the perfect PHILADELPHIA Cheesecake?

Our Kraft Kitchens experts have come up with a number of Cheesecake Success Tips, such as:

  • Soften PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese before using
  • Use flat mixer paddle to combine PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and other ingredients
  • Mix PHILADELPHIDA Cream Cheese well at first preparation step to ease combination with other ingredients. Thoroughly scrape bottom and sides of mixing bowl often
  • Do not over mix PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese with other ingredients
  • After eggs are added, mix at low speed just enough to blend ingredients
  • For best results, always use recommended pan size

To make your cheesecake a little lower in fat, replace Regular PHILADELPHIA with Light PHILADELPHIA, use a low fat spread suitable for cooking instead of butter, swap full fat digestives for low fat ones and serve decorated with fresh fruit.

For more Cheesecake information and tips from our Kitchen experts, visit the Philly Cheesecake Centre.

What can I use PHILADELPHIA for?

PHILADELPHIA is a fantastically versatile cheese and can be used in hundreds of mouth-watering recipes – many of which are on this website.

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese works well with both sweet and savoury dishes. Try mixing with a little icing sugar to decorate a cake, spread a small amount over wraps instead of sour cream when making fajitas, or use to make a delicious dip.

PHILADELPHIA compliments both subtle and strong flavoured ingredients. Try adding softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese to soup or for a creamier-textured curry, add PHILLY with a dash of milk.

PHILADELPHIA makes a really delicious and simple sauce. When melting PHILADELPHIA to make a sauce, combine it with a little liquid (e.g. milk or stock) in a small pan. Stir regularly over a low heat.

Find a great selection of irresistible recipes made using PHILADELPHIA.

Why is there sometimes water on top of PHILADELPHIA?

This is a harmless separation of liquid from the cheese and will not affect the taste of your PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Products. It can easily be mixed back into the PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese or tipped off if preferred.

Can I freeze PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Products?

Unfortunately, PHILADELPHIA can not be frozen as it breaks down the texture of the cheese resulting in an inferior product. However, both baked and chilled cheesecakes can be frozen, although please note that the texture of the thawed cheesecake may alter.