What are the most popular cheeses in the US? While that may be the cheesiest question you come across all day, there is a sharp answer. Well, several in fact. Turns out we Americans really love cheeses, the reasons why are about as diverse as the food they compliment.
While we all brie-lieve we have the best taste, we have to admit that others may have their own opinions. It’s all gouda, and we respect that.
It shouldn’t be shocking really. Cheese is one of the few foods that is a staple as an ingredient in dishes all over the globe, and can also be adored all on its own. Heck, its ability to improve almost every dish even helps those of us allergic to the kitchen look like we are trained in a five star Michelin restaurant.
With over 1,800 different varieties of cheese it would take us almost three years to sample each one if we were to tried one daily. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that. Our friends at DelightedCooking bit into this tasty task and did the work for the rest of us. In queso you are curious, go ahead and relish their results.
Most Popular Cheeses in the US
1. Monterey Jack
Don’t tell us we don’t know jack about cheese. In a country of 50 states, you have to respect the fact that over a quarter of America has a love for Monterey Jack. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all ranked Monterey as the big cheese.
Melted, cold, or sliced we are glad to see that our love of mozzarella is shared by millions. Though we do question the decisiveness of Rhode Island. That state had a three way tie for their states most popular cheese: mozzarella, monterey jack and ricotta.
Leave provolone alone. That is the message of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Maine and Pennsylvania are sending with their number one pick. Pennsylvania however chose a double helping of cheese. Provolone shared the top spot with the second most popular cheese, Mozzarella.
Four states say as far as cheese goes, there is nothing betta’ then feta. Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia all say feta is #1 and that’s just the way the cookie, err, the cheese crumbles.
Life is gouda in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri and South Dakota. While we are glad that these five states clearly have excellent tastebuds it’s worth noting that gouda is the most popular cheese across the world, as it accounts for almost 60% of the worlds cheese consumption.
We bite into the most popular cheeses in the US and reveal your choices by state. See which are on the top and which are nacho favorites.