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Give the Cheese Lover on Your List the Gift of Wisconsin Cheese

Give the Cheese Lover on Your List the Gift of Wisconsin Cheese

Online stores offer pre-arranged assortments to please every palate.

This holiday season, give the cheese connoisseurs in your life something they'll enjoy – Wisconsin Cheese. There are a myriad of ways to give the gift of cheese, but a customized Wisconsin Cheese basket offers delicious and savory options for every palate.

Several cheese-loving online stores offer pre-arranged assortments of Wisconsin Cheese.

Visit the Wisconsin Cheeseman at www.wisconsincheeseman.com for special cheese gifts such as:

  • Cheese Flights: Select from five different cheese flights such as Aged Swiss, Smoked Gouda and Blue Cheese.
  • Cheese Crate: Five premium cheeses freshly made in the heart of America's Dairyland. The wooden crate contains Aged Cheddar, Colby and Swiss Cheese, plus 7 oz. wheels of Edam and Smoked Gouda.

Head over to the Wisconsin Cheese Mart at www.wisconsincheesemart.com for more tasty cheese combinations:

  • Vintage Cheddar Gift Crate: Give the gift of Cheddar with this array of 5-, 7-, 8-, 10- and 12-year Aged Cheddars.
  • Beer Cheese Collection: This collection includes a selection of cheeses perfect for pairing with beer – from Smoked String Cheese to Spicy Monterey Jack with Habanero.

If you'd like to create your own gift basket, here are a few tips:

  • Consider a theme – Try a flight of Aged Cheddars, an assortment of Wisconsin Originals, a taste of award winners, or a sample of flavorful Blues. Great gift baskets have a common theme that carries throughout.
  • Keep it simple – Stick with three to five different types of cheese, with each piece weighing about half a pound. Make sure the cheeses are properly labeled and consider including any available literature about the cheeses or cheesemakers.
  • Choose wisely – If you plan to ship the gift basket, select cheeses that will travel well. Look for semi-hard or hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and Gruyere. Avoid soft or fresh cheeses such as Brie.
  • Experiment with accompaniments – A few well-chosen accompaniments can enhance any cheese gift basket. Add a local bottle of wine or beer, crackers, chutneys, dried fruits or chocolate.
  • Make a lasting impression – Consider including a beautiful cutting board, cheese knife or cheese book that the recipient can enjoy long after the last piece of cheese has been consumed.
  • Perfect the packaging – Be creative with how you package your cheese gift. Wicker baskets, wooden crates and large tins make gorgeous options for creating a gift, just be sure to select an appropriate size.
  • Keep it cool – Remember to protect the flavor and appearance of the cheese by keeping the temperature at or below 45°F during travel.  Consider packing the cheese in small cooler with frozen ice packs along with the gift basket.

For information about Wisconsin Cheese, visit www.EatWisconsinCheese.com. For photos or additional questions, contact Heather Porter Engwall at (608) 836-8820 or hporterengwall@wmmb.org.

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