10 Strangest Cheese Names

I was playing Family Feud with my brother on Monday, and one of the categories was “Most Popular Cheeses.” It got me thinking about all the different cheeses out there, especially the ones with strange names. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. Keep reading for the oddest cheese names in the world!

Instead of choosing (cheesing?) cheeses that no one’s ever heard of, I stuck to some of the more familiar ones. Let me know what you think!

1. Gouda – A hard cheese hailing from Holland, gouda sounds like a slang word you’d find in a rap song. Actually, I think it is mentioned in the song “Bed Rock.” I got that gouda, gouda. Hm…

2. Gorgonzola - This Italian cheese has a sharp flavor, similar to blue cheese. But let’s get real here. We all know that this cheese sounds like a destructive monster who rampages towns. How about a new movie called, “Attack of the Gorgonzola!.” I’d believe that.

3. Cheshire - You can thank Alice in Wonderful for this cheese making the list. It’s a mild, creamy and crumbly cheese, but I can’t help think of the Cheshire Cat’s huge smile when I hear that name. And that is just creepy…

4. Muenster - While gorgonzola sounded like the name of a monster, Muenster sounds like the world monster itself. Again, another example of a very scary cheese.

5. Brie – A creamy and delicious cheese, but have you tried saying it? It’s fun to squeal out this name. Try it! Don’t you almost feel like skipping as you exclaim….brie! Strange, no?

6. Goat Cheese – They couldn’t come up with a better name? It’s not like we call all cheeses that come from a cow, cow’s cheese. This one makes the list for sheer unoriginality.

7. Stinking Bishop – Ew. This cheese is extremely old and is made out of pasteurized Gloucestershire-cow’s milk and then washed with Stinking Bishop Pear juice. I wouldn’t go near it with a 10-foot pole.

8. Neufchatel - It took me two glances at this word before I could figure out how to pronounce it. The first time I tried saying it, somehow “fat” ended up in there. I don’t think that’s right…

9. Danablu - This is a strong-flavored blue cheese, and although it’s Danish, I seem to develop a French accent every time I say its name. It’s fun. Daanaaabluuu.

10. Head Cheese – I know this isn’t really a cheese, it’s actually something much more disgusting, but it makes the list because of the name. There are a couple of words (mostly body parts) that just sound bad when added to any other word. Head is one of them.

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  • http://gratefulprayerthankfulheart.blogspot.com/ ldh

    Stopping by for the first time and had a great time perusing your site! So much to see and learn here!

    Fun reading the about page and learning of Kathryn’s admiration of the Swedish Chef of Muppet fame. I have a special spot in my heart for the Muppet’s too as my blog name came from The Muppet Christmas Carol.

    Kindly, Lorraine

  • http://www.healthy-eating-support.org Suzy

    I just heard about a study that showed cheese is actually addictive! Apparently the casein protein produces a feel-good chemical that makes you want more!

    With so many amazing choices, it’s surprising how many people think of cheese as that plastic, processed stuff that comes in cellophane-wrapped slices!

    Thanks for the information!

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