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Best Cheeses 2020: Dare to Pair


Let’s be real: This year has brought a lot of stress, fear, and uncertainty. Now that it’s finally coming to an end, we’re looking back on some of the things that got us through it all—like cheese and junk food. These snacking staples are a match made in heaven, providing comfort-friendly pairings for times when money is tight—or when you just don’t feel like putting together a fancy charcuterie board. Folks all over social media have shared some of their most creative, unorthodox, and gloriously guilt-free pairings—from spicy chips to sugary cookies—that got us inspired to expand our horizons and embrace this low-brow deliciousness, both in 2020 and beyond.

 

PRAIRIE BREEZE CHEDDAR + FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS

 

 
 
 
 
 
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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: POINT REYES ORIGINAL BLUE + TAGALONG COOKIE SANDWICH; AGED GOUDA+ SHORTBREAD; BAY BLUE + S’MORES DELIGHT

 

 
 
 
 
 
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CHIPS + CHEESE: BLOOMY RIND COW’S MILK CHEESE + SOUR CREAM & ONION POTATO CHIPS⁣; AGED CHEDDAR + JALAPEÑO CHIPS; BLUE CHEESE + SALTED RIPPLE POTATO CHIP⁣S; FETA + SALT & VINEGAR CHIPS

 

 
 
 
 
 
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VARIOUS CHEESES + GUMMY CANDY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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CARAMEL DE LITES + HOOK’S TEN-YEAR CHEDDAR

 

 
 
 
 
 
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DARK CHOCOLATE, PRETZELS, NUTS, CARAMEL CORN, NON-PAREILS, AND TWIZZLERS + CHEESE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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TRIPLE CRÈME +KIT-KATS; SMOKED GOUDA + CARAMEL RICE CAKES⁣; MANCHEGO + REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS⁣; BRIE + MARSHMALLOWS⁣; FETA + TWIX

 

 
 
 
 
 
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LACLARE FAMILY CREAMERY GOAT CHEESE + GUMMY BEARS

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Monica Petrucci

Monica is Culture's Social Media Editor. Coming from a formaggio-obsessed Italian family, she was very excited to combine her passions for cheese and writing at Culture. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and pairing wine and cheese in her spare time.

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