The Spanish say queso.
The French say fromage.
I say cheese and more of it, please!
This special feature follows a cheese-driven girl on her journey to try all of the sweet, creamy, sharp, stinky and spicy cheeses the world is lucky to devour. I’m the friend who is constantly tagged in those cheese memes on Facebook about drowning in grated cheese when the waiter/waitress asks you to “say when.” In queso emergency, just say cheese!
I tend to get lost in the cheese section of Publix’s deli, and this month, I embraced a cheese worthy of the summer vibes: Mango Habanero Gouda. A little spice and a little fruity, what could be better? I couldn’t wait to try it!
Upon opening the plastic wrapping, an aroma similar to cheddar cheese filled my senses, and I immediately began to salivate. I cut my first slice and took the long-awaited bite. The gouda had a pretty smooth consistency, and I immediately thought of how this cheese would pair nicely with some crackers or hold its own on a charcuterie board.
A bit upsetting for me was the fact that I couldn’t quite taste the mango as much as I would’ve liked. I had expected to bite into a semi-sweet cheese with fruity undertones and a kick of heat at the end. Although I was wrong about the mango flavoring, I was right about the bit of spice. It was a good amount of heat, although not mouth burning. The cheese left a bit of heat on my tongue, which I didn’t mind. I still can’t get over how lacking the mango was for me. I would’ve made the fruit more noticeable if I’d had my way.
With that said, I would still gladly enjoy this cheese any day, and I look forward to trying different variations of the flavor combinations. If you’re interested in trying out this cheese, I purchased it at Publix for $5.99.
What does cheese say to itself in the mirror? Looking gouda!
Is this article too cheesy? DEFINITELY. Send me your favorite cheese meme or joke to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts on your favorite cheese-filled meals! Is anybody else hungry all of a sudden?