Taste Test: The Best Pepper Jack Cheese
With the Superbowl in sight, nacho season is surely upon us. And what better way to celebrate a truly American pastime (and it's many melted-cheese snack possibilities) than with Pepper Jack, an American original that packs a flavorful punch? Serious Eats knows the importance of choosing the very best Jack for the occasion, taste-testing eight well-known and widely-available brands for the best cheesy flavor, texture, spiciness and value. Their results may surprise you!
First produced by Mexican Franciscan monks of Monterey, California, Monterey Jack cheese is one of the true original American cheeses. The vast majority of Jack cheese (named after entrepreneur David Jack, who first started marketing and selling the cheese in the 19th century) is sold as a young, high moisture, melting cheese, with a nutty tang, and a rich, buttery flavor. Add to that cheese bits of chopped hot peppers (usually jalapeño), and you've got yourself pepper jack, a cheese that's pretty much custom-made for snackfoods.