Friday, March 13, 2015

Trader Joe's X-Tra X-Tra Sharp New York Cheddar Cheese

This is excellent sharp cheddar cheese. It's flavorful and it slices nicely without falling apart. These are my two prime criteria. It's got to be easy to get onto crackers, and taste good once there. I'm not that hard to please.

My only disappointment was, I guess, one of failed expectations. That is, the name of the product led me to believe that it would somehow be profoundly different from other sharp cheddar cheese, of which I've eaten approximately 90 billion tons in the past. I couldn't find that it was. I'm not sure that a side-by-side taste test of this versus, say, Cracker Barrel or Cache Valley brands of sharp cheddar would show much of a difference. On the other hand, I haven't actually conducted such a test, and my sensory memory is sufficiently undeveloped that I could be totally wrong in that guess.

As long as you approach it with expectations of a very nice sharp cheddar, but not anything genuinely unique, I think you'll be happy with it.

Will I buy it again? 


Nina's View

Meh. This is not at all "extra extra-sharp." Cracker Barrel's extra sharp is much sharper, and—if memory serves—more flavorful too.


  1. Totally disagree that Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp (of which I've eaten a gazillion trillion tons) is sharper than this.

    To each, his own.

    Speaking of which: Am I the only one who is really tired of "meh"?

  2. I agree that trader joe's is sharper too

  3. I have to disagree, there is nothing about this cheese that I like. I bought it thinking it would at least live up to one of the 'x-tra's, and that it would be a good, sharp cheddar...wrong. This does not only taste like an extra sharp cheddar, but the texture is off-putting. It is fuzzy, or spongy, almost. No, I won't buy this again.

  4. I couldn't disagree more. ....the one I bought was not at all sharp and super crumbly; I couldn't cut a slice with a sharp knife...the texture was a cross between Colby and Circus Peanuts. I wouldn't buy this again.