I received this product from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program to review but all of the opinions are completely my own.
You all know how much I love cheese, right?
In case you weren’t sure, please go read the post where I admit I am a Wisconsin stereotype. Or maybe one of the many macaroni and cheese recipes that I have made. (P.S. I just made another new one last week!) Knowing my love of all things cheesy, you will not be surprised to know that when the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s asked me if I wanted to review Sargento cheese, I jumped at the chance. I’d never pass up an opportunity to eat more cheese!
I figured the best way to test out these cheeses would be to make some cheese and crackers! I was asked to compare the Sargento to a processed cheese (ie: American….is there other processed cheese? Cheese Whiz maybe…). So here goes!
Cheeses from left to right: American, Sargento Mozzarella Cheddar, Sargento Cheddar.
Combo #1: Soda cracker and American cheese
When I was a kid I actually had this combination of American cheese and saltine crackers pretty much daily as an after school snack. And honestly, I still really like it. Maybe it is just nostalgia or whatever, but it is definitely a comfort food for me and I’m not ashamed to admit that – in the form of crackers and cheese – I do actually quite enjoy American cheese. Yes, I realize that processed cheese is not the best thing to put into my body, and I don’t eat it on a daily basis anymore, but on occasion I still crave the stuff and have some cheese and crackers to fulfill that craving.
That being said, no it does not taste fresh, or really even compare at all in taste or quality to real cheese. In any other situation, I would use real cheese, I guess this is just an old habit that seemed to stick with me.
Combo #2: Sargento and cracker
I picked up two Sargento cheeses: Low Fat Mild Cheddar and Cheddar Mozzarella. I was particularly excited for the latter, since I had never seen it before!
I enjoyed the cheddar mozzarella more than the plain cheddar cheese. Although both of them definitely tasted fresh and flavorful. The mozzarella cheddar was just a bit softer and even more flavorful – I’m guessing because it is a blend of two cheeses. The mozzarella cheddar would be fantastic in a grilled cheese sandwich!!
Something that I love about Sargento, is that it is a Wisconsin cheese! Well, ok I’m not entirely sure that they are entirely made in Wisconsin anymore, but they started in Plymouth, WI and that is where their main location is now….but according to the career section of their website shows that they also have locations in Washington and South Dakota.
The real question of flavor should be asked to the biggest cheese lover in this house: Olive. Olive LOVES cheese. She loves it so much that she will run into the kitchen when she hears the bag of shredded cheese being opened. She even comes running when she hears the word cheese! So lets see what she thinks.
This photo captures her excitement about the cheese. Googly eyes and all!
Sometimes she does really hard tricks like balancing cheese on her (lack of) nose before eating it!
In both cases, I think the cheese went straight to her belly without even hitting her taste buds. I’m pretty sure she enjoyed them both equally. She is definitely not picky when it comes to cheese taste or quality. Really any human food that she eats she isn’t picky about, with only a couple exceptions.
Are you a cheese lover? I’ve often said that I could never eat a vegan diet because of my love for cheese. Some day maybe I will try vegan cheese and be surprised at how good it is. I just don’t think it could ever compare to the real thing.