As the next stop on our cheese ventures, we recently traveled to Cedar Valley Cheese Store and Factory, located in Belgium, Wisconsin. I was a little apprehensive, since the first cheese store we visited was much smaller and more quaint, while still making VERY delicious cheese. This was in stark contrast to the factory feel that we saw here:
I posed by their sign for fun, since Daddy O. had done the honors in our last cheese store visit. Here’s the big sign just across from the towers in the parking lot:
Who knew that their specialty was fine Italian cheese? This made me feel better – reassured, actually. Plus there were A LOT of people going inside of the store on this crisp Fall Saturday morning. Let’s see what they have…
We discovered CHEESE PARADISE!! They had varieties from other Wisconsin cheesemakers, their own unique cheeses, HUGE wax covered wheels of cheese, and plenty of samples. AMAZING!! We had a hard time deciding what to choose, so we started off with some samples of blueberry cobbler cheddar (yum), maple syrup cheddar (kind of a breakfast cheese), cranberry cinnamon cheddar (very festive), smoked gouda (so good-a), cherry infused cheese (mild tasting), and caramel cheese (dessert)! Ultimately, we opted to stick with Cedar Valley Cheese, buying a 6 Year Old Cheddar, Applewood smoked cheddar, and ranch flavored cheese curds.
As you can see, the ranch cheese curds were a hit. We had to sample them in the car instead of waiting to eat them at home. The cheese was protected on the ride home as my husband put it in our son’s carseat. What a guy! We tried the 6 Year Cheddar that night, and we gave it a 4.5 out of 5. From what our taste buds could recall, and with the help of our cheese tasting book, the Nasonville 6 Year Cheddar was a 5 out of 5. Until the next cheese stop on our map, we have a well stocked supply to enjoy.