Ask virtually anyone who really loves food and cheese is often pretty high on the list.
While there are a handful of places around the world known for producing great cheese, France might come to mind, we’ve got an excellent cheese spot right here in America.
That’s right, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin produces over 3 billion pounds of cheese each year through over 120 cheese plants. That represents over a quarter of all the cheese output of America.
In this post, we’re going to share every kind of cheese in Wisconsin and where you can find it.
So if you’re looking for a cheese focused road trip this is the perfect place to start.
Get your appetite ready, and let’s go!
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You might be surprised to know that cheddar cheese actually originates in England. But, ask any local cheesemaker about this cheese, and they’ll likely tell you Wisconsin has perfected it.
Widmer’s Cheese Cellar’s, headquartered in Theresa, Wisconsin is considered one of the best. Especially, their eight-year-old aged cheddar.
Did you know that this traditional Italian style cheese is Wisconsin’s most popular cheese export? In fact, Wisconsin produces just about a third of all mozzarella cheese in America.
A top mozzarella producer in Wisconsin is BelGioioso Cheese. It was founded by an Italian from a prominent cheese-making family in Italy who opened up shop in Green Bay after being impressed by the quality of milk in Wisconsin.
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Here’s yet another international cheese that is made in Wisconsin. Marieke Penterman left her family’s dairy farm in The Netherlands and traveled to Wisconsin opening up Marieke Gouda in Thorpe.
There, the company produces a variety of goudas, from cow’s milk infused with flavors including cranberry, truffle, and honey. Many of the goudas produced here have won awards.
Anyone who loves a strongly flavored cheese will often love blue cheese. It’s great in everything from salads to an after-dinner cheese plate dessert. Although this is another European style of cheese, you can find excellent aged versions all over Wisconsin.
The strong and tangy blue cheese from Hook’s Cheese Company in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, has collected ribbons in cheese competitions from all over the world.
Cheese curds are a favorite treat of people all over the Midwest. So if you don’t live in this region you might be missing out on this special snack. Curds are essentially fried bits of very fresh unaged cheese.
Since curds are at their very best when served super fresh, it’s best to search for them in local pubs and specialty shops all over Wisconsin. Be careful though, once you try them you might never go back to a cheese curd free life again!
Well, if you’ve got a trip to Wisconsin penciled in on your calendar, or if you’re in the midst of planning one, now you have plenty of places to stop and shop for some incredible Wisconsin cheese.