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The History of PHILADELPHIA
Cream Cheese

When you break open the silver foil of a brick or tub of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, you know something delicious is going to happen! It’s been an American favorite for nearly 140 years. It's what makes everything from savory dips and cheese balls to cheesecake recipes smooth, creamy and delicious. Cream cheese recipes range from brunch-time favorites like stuffed French toast to cream cheese appetizers like crab rangoon. And then, too, there’s everyone’s favorite cake and cupcake topper: cream cheese frosting recipes. Find out more about this iconic American brand—and how you can work more cream cheese goodness into your cooking.

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese: A Rich History

It’s 1875. The Kentucky Derby is run for the first time. A pound of coffee costs about 25 cents. And in Chester, New York, William A. Lawrence starts adding cream to Neufchatel cheese—calling the resulting deliciousness “cream cheese.”

Mr. Lawrence didn’t actually invent cream cheese—family farms had been making it in small batches for years—but he was the first to mass-produce it. In 1880 his New York distributor, Alvah L. Reynolds, created the name—PHILADELPHIA, a nod to the sterling cheese-making reputation PHILADELPHIA had—and a great American brand was born.

Today’s PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese

Now as then, great cream cheese starts with fresh local milk and real cream. The silver foil-wrapped brick of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese on your counter now went from the dairy to the creamery’s fridges in just 6 days—that’s how the standard is set. And that’s why recipes made with PHILADELPHIA always taste better!

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Dips & Appetizers

Get your party off to the most delicious start imaginable with smooth and creamy dips, spreads, cheese balls and other cream cheese appetizers. We really do have a recipe—or several!—for every occasion. Tailgating? Try the Ultimate 7-Layer Dip. Need something a little more elegant? Check out this video for Layered Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Spread, or the aptly named The Perfect Cheese Ball.

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in Savory Dishes

In addition to making creamy, savory appetizers, PHILADELPHIA helps make entrées better, too! This brief video on savory cream cheese fillings shows you how to blend cream cheese, spinach and cheeses together to stuff chicken breasts and make lasagna roll-ups.

PHILADELPHIA SNACK DELIGHTS Recipes

If you’re a fan of chocolate, white chocolate or cinnamon, you’ll want to take a look at our PHILADELPHIA SNACK DELIGHTS recipes—from SNACK DELIGHTS Turtle Dessert Dip and SNACK DELIGHTS Filled & Frosted Cupcakes to SNACK DELIGHTS Mini Cinnamon Rolls.

PHILADELPHIA Cheesecake Recipes

We have so many top-rated cheesecake recipes it’s hard to know where to begin. But if you’re a beginner, start with our video on cheesecake basics—then move on to this video on how to make PHILADELPHIA Mini Cheesecakes and seasonal cheesecakes. To watch: this video for Creamy Lemon-Blueberry Dessert and the Candied Pumpkin-Topped Cheesecake video.

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Frosting

Check out our article on how to make cream cheese frosting for tips, then go on to use your skills to make classic PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting and sumptuous Banana-Sour Cream Cake.

No matter which way you decide to use PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, you know that what you build with the amazing silver foil-wrapped brick will be awesome.

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