Saturday 25 November 2017

Put to the test: Cheddar cheese

Each supermarket offers a choice of own-brand cheddar cheese, from mild to mature and vintage. We stuck to the mild variety, in all but one case; Aldi's Irish Vintage Cheddar was a gold star winner at the recent UK and Ireland Great Taste Awards, so we couldn't resist trying it.

We also looked at price and nutritional information. When it came to nutritional value, there wasn't much difference between the cheese, with 100g coming in around the 400 calories mark and with approximately 30pc per 100g.Aldi ardagh specially selected irish vintage cheddar, 250g

Score: 4.5/5

Verdict: Admittedly this cheese isn't directly comparable with the others; it is the dearest and it is vintage, having been aged for a 'minimum of 18 months', but it is very tasty. It has a nice crumbly texture and a strong rich flavour. For the quality of taste, we reckon the value is good. The cheese is Irish-made.

Price: €2.79 (€11.16 / Kg)

Superquinn essentials white cheddar, 200g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: Part of Superquinn's new value range, this cheese has a strong enough flavour and we liked it. There is clear nutritional information provided on the pack and it is made in Ireland. It is also the cheapest of the lot.

Price: €1.29 (€6.45/Kg)

Lidl manor vale mild cheddar cheese, 400g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This is creamier, slightly milder and less salty to taste than the Superquinn and SuperValu cheese. It comes in at a good price and the nutritional information is good and clear.

Price: €2.75 (€6.88 / Kg)

Supervalu white cheddar, 200g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: If you like salty cheese, this is one for you and the flavour is strong enough. The nutritional information is clear on the front and the back, and it is Irish-made. However, this cheese is dearer than the others.

Price: €1.99 (€9.95 / Kg)

Tesco value mild white cheddar, 586g

Score: 3/5

Verdict: The packaging is plain and the nutritional information isn't as clear as we would like. The cheese is mild and creamy. It comes in second cheapest and is 'packed in the UK'.

Price: €3.86 (€6.80 / Kg)

Irish Independent

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