Over the weekend while preparing for our usual Sunday night antipasti dinner of a variety of meats, cheeses, pickles, olives, and bread, I stumbled across two of Great Midwest Cheese‘s products. The two that got my attention, of course, were their Habanero Jack and their . While I had no intention of eating them with our dinner, I picked them up anyway and waited until I had a craving for some cheese.
Last night, while waiting for dinner to finish up, I decided to snack on the cheeses. I cut open the habanero jack round and popped a bit in my mouth. While it carried some heat and it was fine, it was nothing like the wonder that is Cabot’s Hot Habanero cheese. There were noticeable pepper pieces but they were sparsely and unevenly spread throughout the cheese so one piece may give you that spicy bite while another may have none at all. Overall this one was fine but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to pick it up again as there are plenty of other hot cheeses I would want to nab first.
Now to the star of the show, if you want to call it that…Great Midwest Cheese’s Mango Fire Cheddar. Described as:
Oh, you sweet and spicy thing! Great Midwest® Mango Fire Cheddar cheese is anything but ordinary. Pump up the heat on your palate with delectable sweet mango and bits of hot habanero pepper blended into smooth, firm Cheddar cheese. Perfect on dark rustic breads or grain crackers, enjoyed alone or with a dark icy beer.
This cheese should have been a beautiful and shining example of something that would appeal to most people’s palates. Unfortunately the description needs to be entirely rewritten as:
Oh, you disgustingly gross thing! Great Midwest Mango Fire Cheddar cheese is anything but tasty. Pump up the taste of soap or ultra sweet bubble gum flavored toothpaste with gross bits of mango that taste nothing like the real thing then add bits of habanero that you can’t taste because you’re busy spitting the cheese into your hand while trying to hold back chunks of puke from flying out of your mouth. Perfect for the garbage can or the nearest landfill, not even your dog will enjoy this one and you’ll use a dark beer to wash your mouth out while you roll the package over in your hand looking for the phone number to return the package to the manufacturer for a full refund.
Seriously, this cheese, if you want to call it that, was absolutely and positively one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Considering I’ve eaten at Steak America, that’s a really bold statement. Thinking maybe I was just crazy and this was a “dessert” cheese, I handed a piece to The Wife to eat and provide some feedback. She immediately got a horrified look on her face, turned to me with her eyes wide, and asked if she could have something to spit it out into. I provided her with a plastic cup and immediately tossed it in the garbage next to my piece. She then asked me, “what the hell was that?!” and when I told her she looked at me like I was crazy and said it was gross.
Yes, yes it was.
Have you ever had any of Great MIdwest’s cheeses? If so what did you have and what did you think? Have you ever tried their horrendous Mango Fire Cheddar? What did you think? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.