The pros: Trader Joe's Moroccan Inspired Cheddar Cheese seems to be a new spicy addition to the cheese aisle packed with options.
The cons: The last spicy cheese wasn't around for very long so I'm not sure if this will be a seasonal offering or not.
If you were behind the scenes of this blog you'd notice I have about 150 drafts of product reviews. Some I have been meaning to write, some partially written, some are like the product and are just sitting on my shelves.
One such item is Trader Joe's Harissa. I think Trader Joe's is pretty much the only place around that sells it (and it is easy enough to find).
While I like that product, my husband took one sniff of it and said "no." He has the palate of an 8-year-old so I'll let it slide.
Anyways, that product led me to pick this up. I had not noticed it previously, but it was place prominently into the spotlight area for cheeses.
I've tried a bunch of spicy cheddar cheeses recently ranging from the Ghost Pepper Cheddar to the Sriracha Cheddar. The ghost pepper seemed like the wrong flavor pairing. The Sriracha was good but very crumbly.
In fact, this looked like the same crumbly cheddar cheese. But this stays together pretty well. You can slice it without it becoming a pile of crumbles. When I had it in an omlet, it melted beautifully into it.
The flavor of harissa is very much present. Like the Harissa sold on shelves you'll get pepper seeds which are hot. The cheese overall is mild to medium depending on how much pepper your bite has.
It was really solid to snack on in slices. The cherry pepper flavor is pronounced and the cheddar cheese pairs really well in terms of the flavor.
For $5.00 for the chunk I got or $9.99 per pound this is a good one to reach for if you enjoy the pairing of cheddar and spicy and pepper flavor.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The package of Trader Joe's Moroccan Inspired Cheddar Cheese:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Moroccan Inspired Cheddar Cheese again. It was flavorful and spicy.
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Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
I can see this being stuffed in burgers on the grill.
Hey Alek! Absolutely! A spicy juicy Lucy sounds so good with this cheese. This cheese will pair well with a lot of applications. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!
Thanks very much Brenda for the review!! I found it while I was hovering over the cheese in the aisle☺️. The key point was that the spice would not be overbearing—have learned the hard way with a couple other experimental buys. And, you were spot on—this product is delicious! Think TJ’s owes you a commision!
Should also add my primary purchase reason. This may be a little unusual, but I like to place cheese chunks on a toothpick in my Irish Whiskey. Not sure how Moroccans and Irish generally get along, but this cheese is EXCELLENT for this purpose—smokey spice of the cheese pairs perfectly with the bite/bouquet/sweetness of the whiskey (Glendalough in this case).
Hey Mark! I just want to say that your comment made my day! Nothing worse than buying something and it's terrible. I know they have a great return policy, but putting the information out there is a lot of fun for me. Now as a point of reference, sometimes when things end up in the product spotlight, that can mean that they are temporary. I know you really like this product a bunch, but you may want to confirm with your local store to see if this is going to be a seasonal variety. I know when I wrote about the Ghost Pepper Cheddar, it came and went. I hope this variety does not do the same thing.
This blog is a lot of fun and comments like this are my commission. Your voice is always welcome here even if you don't agree with my assessment of things. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day!