What Are the Ingredients in Cheez Whiz?

There are 27 ingredients listed on the Cheez Whiz label, including whey, canola oil, milk, milk protein concentrate and maltodextrin. Other ingredients include sodium phosphate, whey protein concentrate, salt, lactic acid, sodium alginate, mustard flour, vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, sorbic, milkfat, cheese culture, oleoresin paprika, annatto, natural flavor and enzymes.

Interestingly, there is no cheese listed as a main ingredient, although there is something called “cheese culture.” Cheez Whiz, which made its debut in 1953, was intended to be a shortcut for the sauce used on the then-popular dish called Welsh rarebit, but it quickly became a staple in American kitchens and was used in a variety of dishes.