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Happy Farms Mozzarella String Cheese (Aldi)

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An affordably-delicious snack for all ages. There are foods that everyone seems to have in their lunches in elementary school, and chief among them is probably string cheese. I don't know whose idea it was to make cheese into a peel-able pillar, but more power to them, because it seems to be the food that defies generations and continues to be popular, even as technology improves and makes other fads obsolete. Like many things that youngsters enjoy (cable television, R-rated movies), I was deprived of string cheese as a child. There were no reasons in particular, besides the simple notion that I just never really bothered my mom to buy any. And even though I vaguely remember trying it (and liked it) as a youngster, it apparently wasn't enough for me to request my mom constantly keeping some on hand. But thanks to having a childish wife (which is used as a term of endearment here) - and then an actual child - string cheese has finally made a more consistent appearance in my lif

Happy Farms Preferred/Emporium Selection Garlic and Herb Spreadable Cheese (Aldi)

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Despite not being cream cheese, this still tastes rather good on bagels... I saw the word “cheese” on the packaging, saw the container, was hungry, and somehow erroneously assumed this was a cream cheese spread. It wasn't until I brought it home that I realized it's just cheese, rather than “cream cheese”, and so it probably wouldn't work very well with the bagels that I purchased to pair this up with; crackers clearly would have been an even better option, a little tidbit my wife unnecessarily confirmed. Oops! (If only I'd have seen the other varieties available, I probably wouldn't have made that same mistake, as the others are all clearly cheeses.) It seems to be a little thinner than cream cheese, but I’m not complaining too hard about that, because that makes it even easier to spread.  Just going by mere looks, it resembles onion and chive cream cheese, with little flecks of green spread throughout (which, in this case, obviously represents the “herb”). It'

Specially Selected Roasted Garlic with Tomato and Basil Cheese (Aldi)

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Eh...tastes like cheddar to me. It’s virtually impossible to be married to the same person for more than five years, and to not be completely changed, at least in one area. Before I married my wife, I was not at all a fan of cheese. Well, not REAL cheese (save for mozzarella)--sure, I could enjoy that fakey pasteurized cheese, or 7-11’s nacho cheese out of the machine, but when it came to actual cheeses, I didn’t like them. Hell, I never had a grilled cheese sandwich beyond 10 years old, simply because I hated the ones my mom made so much (using the aforementioned fake "singles" and sandwich bread) that I idiotically assumed all of them tasted like that. I guess I conveniently forgot that there are just as many varieties of cheeses as there are breads...millions. It wasn't until my wife threw together a grilled cheese sandwich that I actually liked that I began to realize that. Slowly, though, my wife’s affinity for cheese has seeped into my life. At once repulse

Casa Mamita Original Dipping Cheese (Aldi)

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It's not as good as the queso sauce found in restaurant chains, but it's good. One thing my wife and I both love, is the cheese sauce at the Mexican restaurant chain El Vaquero.  It’s something that we’ve been curious to see if we could replicate, or at the very least approximate at home.  We heard that El Vacquero uses something called “Chihuahua cheese”, which is available at GFS (Gordon Food Supply) stores, and, even though there’s actually a GFS closer to us than an El Vaquero, we still haven’t gone to test that theory. In case you’ve never been to El Vacquero (or most Mexican restaurants in general), their cheese is a smooth, drippy-yet-not-runny white variation that is not strong, nor spicy, yet somehow manages to pack in a ton of flavor.  I’m no cheese connoisseur, so the fact that there’s a cheese that even I’m obsessed with speaks volumes to just how good it is; the fact my wife, who is a huge fan of cheeses in general, is similarly obsessed with this stuff tells you t