Cream Cheese FAQs: Panera, Starbucks…

What type of cream cheese does Panera have? This is a question that many people are wondering as the company has made some changes in their menu.

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In the past, they had several different types of cream cheese including plain, hazelnut, and blueberry discontinued over listeria fears.

If you’re a fan of Panera’s cream cheese, don’t worry – they still have the classic variety.

Does Panera Bread still have cream cheese?

The answer is yes! In addition to their classic plain cream cheese, they now also offer honey walnut and chive & onion spread. Both of these are great options if you’re looking for something with a little more flavor.

That’s to say, the other varieties such as veggie, hazelnut, and blueberry cream cheese are no longer available. Some are seasonal, for example, the strawberry cream cheese in summer.

They are now using reduced-fat cream for their flavored cream cheese by default. Therefore, flavored cream cheeses have lower calories than plain.

They do not offer vegan cream cheese alternatives.

How much is Panera’s cream cheese?

You can buy Panera’s plain cream cheese for $1.60 per container (1.75 ounces). Also, you can upsize to the tub for $3.39 (8 ounces).

Is Panera Bread’s cream cheese pasteurized? Ingredients?

Yes, all of Panera’s cream cheese are using pasteurized cream and milk, with other basic ingredients such as salt, stabilizers (Guar, Locust Bean, And Xanthan Gums), and Cheese Culture. So, it’s safe for pregnancy.

What brand of cream cheese does Panera use?

Panera did not disclose the brand of cream cheese they use for their product. However, they likely ordered from suppliers as they did not produce their own cream cheese.

They have labeled Neufchâtel as the ingredient used. Neufchâtel is a variety of cream cheese with lower fat content than regular cream cheese. Read Cream Cheese vs Neufchâtel.

The ingredients and nutritional values are similar to Philadelphia cream cheese.

What is the expiration date of Panera’s cream cheese?

The expiration date for Panera cream cheese is approximately two to three weeks past the expiration date. Once opened, it should be used within a week refrigerated. The dates are stamped on the bottom/side of each container.

Does Starbucks have cream cheese?

Yes, Starbucks does offer cream cheese as part of their breakfast bagels menu items. You can choose between butter or plain cream cheese. However, they do not offer other kinds of cream cheese flavors on their websites.

Starbucks does not currently offer a light version apart of their standard cream cheese.

Also, the cream cheese is not free. You can buy it as a topping or standalone spread in their stores where they will charge you $0.75 – $1 for each (1.5 oz) container.

What Brand of cream cheese does Starbucks use?

Starbucks is currently using and testing Miyoko’s Cream Cheese in some of its stores. Miyoko’s is vegan, plant-based cream cheese. Therefore, the Starbucks cream cheese now has options for vegan and organic. If lucky, you may find other flavors to choose from, such as the Cinnamon Raisin and Everything in your area.

Starbucks also launched vegan whipped cream and vegan meat.

Starbucks has not announced if they will continue to use Miyoko’s or switch back to a different brand of cream cheese. But previously, they have used Philadelphia, Pauly, and Elle & Vire cream cheese.

Also, Starbucks had tried with their own cream cheese as well but wasn’t really well received by some customers.

What is in Starbucks Cream Cheese?

The ingredients for Miyoko’s vegan, organic cream cheese are cashew milk (cashews, filtered water), organic coconut cream, organic cane sugar, sea salt, cultures.

Other flavors may also contain raisins, ground cinnamon; Or poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion.

Please be aware that cashews and coconut may cause allergic reactions for some people.

For Starbucks non-vegan plain cream cheese spread, the ingredients are milk and cream, water, whey, cheese culture, salt, potassium sorbate (preservative), lactic acid, guar gum, carob bean gum, xanthan gum.

See how cream cheese is made.

Pasteurized or safe for pregnancy?

Although it’s not labeled using [pasteurized] milk and cream, Starbucks Cream Cheese is very likely pasteurized in accordance with FDA law. Read more about cream cheese and pregnancy.

For Miyoko’s plain cream cheese (1oz):

  • Calories – 90 Kcal
  • Total Fat – 8 grams (10% daily value)
  • Saturated Fat – 2.5 grams (13% daily value)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 115 mg (5% daily value)
  • Carbohydrates – 4 grams
  • Protein – 3 grams
  • Calcium – 0 mg

Both vegan and regular cream cheese have high calories, fat, and saturated fat content, so be sure to enjoy it in moderation. You can learn in this blog post Is Cream Cheese Actually Healthy?.


  1. Panera Bread – Spreads
  2. Starbucks Coffee – Bakery Bagels
  3. Livekindly – Starbucks Vegan Cream Cheese
  4. Miyoko’s Classic Cream Cheese
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