Cream cheese is a mild cheese derived from Neufchatel cheese that is very popular in the United States and has a variety of uses. Cream cheese is very soft and easily spreadable, especially when heated. Its flavor is rich and creamy but also mildly tart, with little to no salt. Cream cheese is used most commonly as a spread for bread or crackers. It goes particularly well with cucumbers, smoked salmon and dill. Cream cheese is also used for baking American style cheesecake. Cream cheese is carried by almost every American grocery store including Shaw’s and Whole Foods and is very affordable in price. You should also read our article "Is Cream Cheese Healthy?."