Whole Foods Market is giving the greatest gift of all this season from Harlem to Hollywood with its annual 12 Days of Cheese, highlighting an artisan cheese each day that started on December 12, and runs through December 23, 2018.
On top of that Whole Foods is offering customers an excellent opportunity to try some of the highest quality cheeses available at a generous discount. Each of the selected cheeses will be 50 percent off for one day only during the 12-day period. Prime members can also enjoy an additional 10 percent off the discounted price of each day of cheese.
“Our team is extremely excited to share the cheeses we’ve identified for this holiday season with our shoppers,” said Whole Foods Global Executive Coordinator of Specialty and Product Innovation & Development, Cathy Strange. “We’ve curated a diverse and innovative selection, including several world champion cheeses and a few exclusive cheeses you can only get at your local Whole Foods. The 12 Days of Cheese is truly a celebration of our favorite cheeses and they will each be available at an incredible value for one day only!”
The featured cheeses include:
- December 12: Klare Melk Truffle Gouda
Exquisite, rich and flavorful raw milk gouda laced generously with truffles!
- December 13: Esquirrou Petit Ossau-Iraty
Awarded the international title for best cheese at the World Championship Cheese contest (will hold this title through 2020), this French cheese features rich nutty notes.
- December 14: Kaltbach Cave-Aged Le Gruyère
Robust and deeply full-flavored with rich tones of tangy fruit and classic nuttiness make this Swiss cheese perfect for fondue, paired with apple pie, potatoes or roasted meats.
- December 15: Vermont Creamery Bijou
French for “jewel,” Bijou is the perfect name for this small, geotrichum-rinded beauty featuring light citrus fruit forward flavors with a hint of nuts on the finish.
- December 16: Mons Camembert
This delicate, slightly salty, yet smooth and earthy cheese was selected exclusively for Whole Foods Market from one of the most respected affineurs in France.
- December 17: Neal’s Yard Dairy Keen’s Cheddar
This protected designation of origin (PDO) recognized raw milk farm-house Cheddar comes from one of only three traditional producers remaining in the UK, boasting a dense yet creamy texture and complex flavors ranging from brothy to spicy.
- December 18: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
Conceived in a dream by founder Mary Keehn, this delicious American original cheese paved the way for soft-ripened goat cheese in America.
- December 19: Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Modeled on the French classic cheese Beaufort, this raw milk cheese is only produced May through October and is the only cheese to win Best in Show at the American Cheese Society three times, featuring sweetness ranging from grassy to butterscotch and fruit.
- December 20: Saxon Creamery Hika Bay
This exclusive to Whole Foods Market Wisconsin cheese was named as one of the top 16 cheeses in the world (selected from 3,401 cheeses), carefully aged the cheese is smooth and creamy with amazing texture.
- December 21: Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue
Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, this decadent blue is soaked in a blend of biodynamic Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel from the Frey Vineyards giving the cheese rich and buttery flavors with notes of currants and berries.
- December 22: Mitica Drunken Goat
Made from the milk of Murciana goats and soaked for 3 days in Monastrell wine, both the cheese and wine are typical to this region of Spain, this mild and creamy goat cheese is well balanced and perfect for entertaining.
- December 23: Cellars at Jasper Hill Kombucha Willoughby
Vermont classic reflects the terroir with its succulent, buttery and aromatic components. The cheese is complex from first taste with subtle undertones of buttermilk and fruit. This year’s Willoughby is washed with organic Dr. Kombucha Love produced in Oregon, adding notes of jasmine & lavender.
These distinctive cheeses were chosen by Whole Foods global experts in collaboration with the company’s Certified Cheese Professionals. This highly trained group has been certified by the American Cheese Society for their expertise in cheese storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and on categories and types of cheeses.
Shoppers are encouraged to stop by their local Whole Foods to sample these new and adventurous cheeses they may not have experienced before. Certified Cheese Professionals and Cheesemongers are available to answer any questions guests may have about the cheeses, from tips for building a cheese board, to food and beverage pairing suggestions.