Cream cheese is an American invention that dates back to 1872. Aside from being the key ingredient in cheese cake, the smooth soft cheese is served with fruit, crackers, or on breads such as bagels.
Cream cheese is made from cow's milk and is considered an unripened cheese and by definition must contain at least 33 % milk fat. The cream cheese product is available in full fat, low-fat or light. A similar product is Neufachatel cheese which is lower in fat (about 23%). There is also a spreadable version which is simply whipped cream cheese which gives the product a light easy-to-spread texture.
The most well-know American brand is Philadelphia Cream Cheese whose roots date back to 1873. The brand is now owned by Kraft Foods.
Brand: Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese: Pasteurized nonfat milk and milkfat, cheese culture, whey protein concentrate, salt, stabilizers (xanthan and/or carob bean and/or guar gums).