Traditional, handmade Somerset cheddar has its pleasures. But cheese spread that comes in a plastic tub from the grocery store has fans too. “I’m addicted to good sharp cheddar cheese spread—give me a tub of cheese, some water crackers, a glass of wine, and a Macintosh apple and I’m a happy woman,” says girlwonder88. “However, a lot of spreads I’ve found are pretty disappointing, and I feel like I’m still on the hunt for the perfect combination of taste and texture.”

cinnamon girl likes MacLaren’s Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar, which comes in a red container. “It’s got that sharp aged taste and crumbly texture,” she says. MacLaren’s is very good, agrees DockPotato, but he’d recommend Pine River Sharp Spreddar if you can find it. And “if Merkts cheeses are available in your area, you might give their sharp cheddar spread a try,” suggests Fydeaux.

Discuss: Help me find the world’s best cheddar cheese spread!

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