I grew up eating a prominent name-brand cream cheese, and I was hesitant to try substituting an off-brand cream cheese such as Great Value. But once I tried the substitution, I was generally pleased with the results. The taste, texture, and thickness of the Great Value cream cheese does seem to be a little lower quality than the leading name-brand competitors. But in most cases, the difference in price more than makes up for this drop-off in quality, since the Great Value option is far cheaper than the name brand alternatives. This cream cheese works great as a topping for bagels or toast. It is smooth and easy to spread, and it tastes pretty good and fresh. When we tried using it in a cheesecake, the cheesecake did not quite set the way that we wanted it to. It still tasted pretty good, so if we are just making one for our own family, then we still use the Great Value brand. But if we are making it to serve in public, we usually pay a little bit more for a higher quality name brand. But that is about the only time we use cream cheese that we do not use Great Value.