The Harsh Reality of Chocolate Cheese

For good or ill, chocolate has been paired with many other foodstuffs over the centuries. But chocolate cheese? Come on, now!

As extreme as we are here at X-Choc (as we fondly call ourselves), let's admit it: chocolate cheese is something we probably wouldn't have thought of in a hundred years. Chocolate covered cheese, maybe. But cheese with chocolate built right in? Hmmm…well, let's run with the idea, shall we?

Mmmm, milk

Consider this: cheese is made of milk. Most commercial chocolate is made mostly of milk. So chocolate flavored cheese isn't all that unreasonable a concept. And it's not like it was an "oops, you got your cheese in my chocolate" type of moment. Somebody must have planned it.

In fact, chocolate cheese has been invented independently several times, in several different forms. For example, brown chocolate flavored cheese slices have recently taken Asia by storm. They’re called Chesdale slices, and they're from those crazy Down Under guys in New Zealand. You can learn more about it at The New Zealand Herald.

It does a body good

In a similar vein, choco-cheese confections can be had from several U.S. manufacturers, not least the Dairy Store at Michigan State University. This particular item is fudge-like, and combines fine cheese with sugar, chocolate, vegetable oil, and peanuts. You can order some at their site.

Now, if the idea of chocolate cheese really turns your crank, and you want to do a bit of experimentation yourself, then of course we can accommodate you with a recipe. It's heavier on the chocolate than the commercial products mentioned above, but that's just the way we like it.

Chocolate cheese fudge

Ingredients
1/2 pound of sliced Velveeta cheese
2 16-ounce boxes of fine confectioners' sugar
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of chopped nuts (pecans and walnuts work best)

Instructions
1. Spray a 9x12 pan with non-stick coating.
2. Melt the cheese and butter together in a large saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly.
3. Remove the mixture from the heat, mix in the nuts and vanilla extract, and set it aside.
4. Mix the cocoa and sugar together in a large bowl.
5. Fold in the cheese/butter mixture.
6. Press the resulting stiff concoction into the prepared pan by hand.
7. Pat the surface of the candy with a paper towel to reduce the amount of excess oil.
8. Put the candy into the refrigerator until it's firm.
9. Cut it into squares.
10. Chow down on the home-baked chocolate cheese goodness -- if you're extreme enough.

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