Love Cheese? Try This 35 Calorie Alternative

April 18, 2012   75 Comments

When you get people talking about their favorite cheese, stars start forming in their eyes.

Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge Review

Vermont cheddar, French Brie, and Dutch Gouda are all favorites. I must admit that my love of cheese is one of the reasons for the tire around my waist. Especially in winter, all I want is cheese.

I have tried my share of low fat cheeses for this website. All of them up to this point have tasted like salted rubber or there is an after taste that is just plain gross.

But, I hadn't tried "The Laughing Cow" Light until they sent me a round of their "French Onion" flavor. I did MEET The Laughing Cow once at a conference see here:


After that ridiculous photo op - I took a photo of this sign because it made me laugh:


But, I digress.

I tried the French Onion Light and was like, "Where have you been hiding?". It actually tasted like cheese! And, I can spread it on 10 rounds of cucumber to make a very low calorie and cheesy snack.

It is salty, creamy, and with a dash of paprika - almost gourmet. Seriously.

My pal Marla doesn't like the texture (too creamy for her to consider it cheese) but she says she buys the "Original" for her kids. My kids started eating my cheese - which was $3 for 8 ounces at my local grocery store. They like the pre-portioned triangle shape.

Here is the ingredient list:
Light cheddar, cheddar, swiss, and semisoft cheeses (cultured milk and skim milk, salt, enzymes), whey, cream, sodium phosphate, onion, sodium citrate, salt, natural flavor

and the nutrition facts for one wedge:
35 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber, 210 mg sodium, 1 Points+

I found them in the dairy section next to the cream cheese in my local supermarket. For a cheese lover who needs to cut back - this is a great option.

Have you tried Laughing Cow? What do you think?

This product was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.


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(serves 1)
1/2 cucumber
1 wedge "The Laughing Cow" French Onion Cheese Wedge
paprika (optional)

Peel cucumber and slice 10 slices. Spread cheese on cucumber, add a dash of paprika, and serve!

58 calories, 2.2 g fat, 6.5 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g protein, 0.8 g fiber, 263 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I love laughing cow cheese! They came out with a new flavor....cream cheese. My daughter will eat that on a bagel and I think it is better for her than the regular brand of cream cheese.

There is not a day that goes by that I dont' have cheese! Love it!!

on April 18, 2012

Actually since 2 wedges are only 1 Point Plus I have 2 of these every day and I dunk my apple wedges in them for my late-afternoon-before- dinner-afterschool-when-I'm-starving snack! Very satisfying and only costs me the 1 PP. I love the spicy Queso Fresco Chipotle one as well, which I dunk bell pepper slices in.

on April 18, 2012

I live in Ireland and Laughing Cow cheese is the one thing that helps me cope with the restricted cheese in my diet. Brie and Goats Cheese are my total favorites! On the Weight Watchers programme over here (ProPoints which is slightly different to PointsPlus) Laughing Cow Light is zero points for a triangle. It is delicious spread over some plain rice cakes and piled high with tomato, scallion, cucumber and red pepper. I love it!

on April 18, 2012

This looks incredible! Thank you.

on April 18, 2012

Love, love, love Laughing Cow cheese! Not just for snacking but in recipes, too. Hungry Girl has tons of recipes using Laughing Cow. Check out her Shrimp and Grits. Yummy!

on April 18, 2012

I love Laughing Cow! I make an 'alfredo' sauce with it and fat free evaporated milk. Put it on whole grain pasta with broccoli and grilled chicken and it's delicious!

on April 18, 2012

I'll be honest, I've never given Laughing Cow much thought, because I assumed it'd be too different from cheese. But I really may have to try the cucumbers -- that sounds delicious

on April 18, 2012

I love Laughing Cow wedges, as a snack or in recipes. A standby item for me

on April 18, 2012

I love the Bleu Cheese one on pears.

on April 18, 2012

Cheese isn't meant to be "low-fat" or "light." It's the fat in cheese that keeps you full. Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn't make you fat. If you ate whole milk cheese (preferably raw) you'd probably eat a lot less and still be satisfied (plus it's delicious!).

on April 18, 2012

I buy them at Sams Club---much, much cheaper than the store. Staple in my house!

on April 18, 2012

Laughing Cow is one of my staples. Babybel Light is awesome too....very portable in the red wax coating!

The best use for LC though is giving my dog her pill in it. She won't chew a pill, but in half a wedge of LC she gobbles it right up!

on April 18, 2012

Haha Kris!! My dog gets HIS pill in it also...he likes it better than PB!!!

on April 18, 2012

One of my favorite snacks is to spred the laughing cow (light creamy Swiss) onto apple slices. Yum! Yum!

on April 18, 2012

Thank you for the review! I l love the LC wedges! And as Kris mentioned, also the babybel cheeses. I has to the cheese on a cucumber, sounds like a yummy light snack!

Regarding cheese, is the fat in cheese "healthy fat"?

on April 18, 2012

I have loved laughing cow cheeses for YEARS! I mix the Queso Fresco Chipotle with fat free salsa and eat it with celery or Triscuit thins for a great snack. I buy them at Sams club where it's cheaper to buy the 3 pack than the individual at the market

on April 18, 2012

I love your post, which I shared on my facebook wall,twitter and on pinterest.

Have a great day.

on April 18, 2012

Love the French Onion & have the Queso Fresco Chipotle in the fridge as well. Great on whole-wheat crackers or leftover beef sandwiches, but I'll have to try it on cucumbers. Yummy & guilt-free!

on April 18, 2012

Make Mac and cheese with this! It's perfect for it.

on April 18, 2012

I love laughing cow! I use it on my turkey burgers as a cheese/mayo substitute. I actually packed a wedge of the garlic & herb in my lunch today. I love all the flavors.

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