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My daughter is absolutely in love with the Philly Strawberry Cream Cheese. She wants me to buy it every week so she can make a strawberry cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwich. Can you tell she has a thing for strawberries? Well, I decided to look at the ingredients on the strawberry cream cheese and compare them to the regular Philadelphia cream cheese. There a a ton more ingredients in the flavored cream cheese and one of those is the dreaded red food dye. I really detest artificial colors in my foods! I decided to try making strawberry cream cheese at home and skip the artificial stuff. How hard can it be, right? Just add strawberries to cream cheese with a touch of extra sweetness maybe? If I can get my daughter hooked on the homemade version I will happily leave the Red Dye #40 behind forever! If you are looking for an easy strawberry recipe this summer, this one is certainly one you should try!
So, how did it turn out? Let me just say that the flavor of this strawberry cream cheese is so much fresher than the store bought stuff! I added a bit of sugar to mine along with a smidge of vanilla and it was heavenly. You can see the tiny little seeds in it and the bright pink color is amazing. I used my Cuisinart food processor and it literally took less than a minute to make this completely smooth. I seriously don’t know how people live without a food processor! So, if my strawberry cream cheese came out so vibrantly PINK with nothing but real strawberries and cream cheese….why does the store bought stuff have red dye in it?
Strawberry Cream Cheese
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.