Special Report

America's Favorite Cheeses

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6. Pepper Jack
> Adults who say Pepper Jack is their favorite cheese: 7%

Pepper Jack is a variation of Monterey Jack cheese that is spiked with bits of spicy chili peppers and herbs. The semi-soft cheese is often added to burgers and quesadillas. Pepper Jack is tied with Colby Jack (sometimes called Monterey Jack), with 7% of respondents choosing each as their favorite cheese.

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5. Colby Jack/Monterey Jack
> Adults who say Colby Jack/Monterey Jack is their favorite cheese: 7%

Monterey Jack is a true American cheese, first made in Monterey, California, as early as the 1700s. The cheese was popularized in the 19th century by (and eventually named for) dairyman David Jacks. The semi-soft cheese is a mild, creamy cheese, and great for melting.

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4. Swiss
> Adults who say Swiss is their favorite cheese: 8%

“Swiss” is a generic name for a family of American-made cheeses inspired by Switzerland’s Emmental cheese and its relatives. The Swiss cheese flavor is slightly sweet and is often described as nutty. Swiss is a deli sandwich essential and often appears in cubed form on party platters.

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3. Mozzarella
> Adults who say Mozzarella is their favorite cheese: 9%

Mozzarella cheese can be anything from the rubbery supermarket stuff to artisanal Mozzarella di Bufala from Italy, or even trendy Burrata, which is mozzarella with a creamy center. Americans consume about 12 pounds of “mozz'” per capita every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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2. American
> Adults who say American is their favorite cheese: 13%

American cheese, usually sold in the form of those familiar light yellow or yellow-orange (or sometimes white) slices, either individually wrapped or separated by waxed paper, is a processed cheese product made from milk, milk solids, various fats, and whey protein.