While shopping at the grocery store for Super Bowl related food items, as well as doing our weekly shopping, I stumbled across Yancey’s Fancy Hot Wasabi Horseradish Cheddar. Apparently not remembering that aside from the peppers I really did not much care for Yancey’s Fancy Buffalo Wing Cheese, I picked up a package and brought it home.
While I originally intended on eating it while watching the Giants stomp the Patriots, I ended up not having it until last night when a cheese craving hit me full force. While the rind is a bright green, I thought the cheese was simply white. However, when I unwrapped the cheese I found that it had a greenish hue. While I get the fact that a cheese loaded with wasabi powder is likely to turn green, I have to admit the color was a big problem for me. I don’t know about you but green cheese = moldy cheese in my mind and I can’t say I was a big fan.
After getting over my initial shock at the color I sliced off a piece and put it in my mouth and let it do its thing. While I’m very accustomed to heavy doses of horseradish and reconstituted wasabi powder, the first thing my body did when it was in my mouth was sneeze…and sneeze…and sneeze. Weird. It’s not that the horseradish/wasabi flavoring was all that strong, because it wasn’t. Perhaps it was just a coincidence; we may never know.
The cheese itself has a strong wasabi/horseradish flavor. While I have traditionally enjoyed horseradish infused cheeses (processed ones obviously) I can’t really say that this one worked for me. I don’t know if it was the greenish color or the sneezing fit I had but the flavor was just a bit too much for this horseradish loving guy. I really can’t see anything that this cheese could possibly work with as it’s not good by itself and I imagine it would overpower anything else you were to put it on.
Overall I lost a few bucks buying this one to try. Comparing Yancey’s Hot Wasabi Horseradish to the Buffalo Wing Cheese places the wing cheese way above the competition but neither are really my thing. I suppose I shouldn’t allow marketers to capture my attention by putting “hot” in the title but I just couldn’t resist. To be perfectly honest, this cheese was foul. I really don’t know what possessed someone at Yancey’s to say, “you know what? I think this will be a huge hit.” I love horseradish and I love horseradish cheeses but this one is wrong. Yuck.
Have you ever had Yancey’s Hot Wasabi Horseradish Cheddar? If so what did you think? Have you had other cheeses infused with wasabi? What were they like? Did they take on the same greenish hue? Would green cheese turn your stomach? Do you like cheeses infused or mixed with horseradish? Are there other cheeses you have seen lately you think I should try instead? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.