Why Kraft Will Pay You To Avoid Cheesecake This Holiday

As 2021 draws to a close, multiple industries continue to feel the squeeze from ongoing supply chain shortages. According to The New York Times, computer chips, home goods, and construction materials have been hard to come by, and the situation doesn't appear to look any better in the coming months. Particular food items also face scarcity, and with the holidays quickly approaching, home cooks have to find workarounds or completely replace recipes.

USA Today reports that the U.S. now faces a cream cheese shortage and it has affected everyone who uses the spread. Cheesecake producer Junior's briefly yet historically suspended its production line due to a lack of this ingredient, while bagel shops around New York City face a similar struggle when it comes to securing this food. A Kraft food representative said that this issue could persist for 3 months. Brands like Philadelphia Cream Cheese have had to crank out even more of this product to fill every order. As a result, Kraft and Philadelphia have come to a solution to safeguard the remaining supply of this spread as December comes to a close.

Protecting the nation's cream cheese supply

According to CNN, Kraft and Philadelphia have come together to set up a reimbursement service for anyone who wants to replace a cheesecake or other cream cheese-centric dessert with another this holiday season. On December 17 and 18, you can visit a new website that lets you reclaim $20 toward a different, cream cheese-less dessert. The companies can cover 18,000 entrants and this effort keeps Philadelphia spreads in people's minds without souring the image.

In a statement sent to Mashed, Kraft plans to open the website, SpreadTheFeeling.com, at 9 a.m. on December 17 and offers a digital $20 rebate. Cheesecakes have ranked as one of the most popular desserts during the holidays for the past 150 years, and a year without one might feel off, but know that you're doing your part to help end the cream cheese shortage that America currently faces. If you want Kraft to cover your holiday sweets, just make sure to act fast, as the promotion should move very quickly. In the meantime, cross your fingers and hope that this dairy spread comes back full force in 2022.