Through a year filled with ups and downs, one thing has remained a constant: your love for cheese. To round out 2020, we’re taking a look at the top ten best-selling cheeses of the year–the ones you couldn’t get enough of–which range from snackable favorites to timeless classics. This year, Murray’s exclusive cheeses stole the show, along with a couple of world renowned selections. Let’s take a look!
It’s no surprise that Mozzarella’s cool, creamy sibling made the top ten list. Beloved by just about every cheese lover and foodie alike, this ball of milky stracciatella and cream is filled with rich, refreshing ribbons of cheese–put this little coin purse of pure bliss atop a bowl of mac and cheese or pasta and slice it open for immediate satisfaction.
Hand-selected by our Murray’s experts, our 80-pound wheels of D.O.P.-regulated Parm are lovingly aged for a full 24 months to develop into the crunchy, nutty, caramel-like Italian table cheese that you know and love. With clusters of sweet tyrosine crystals and a gently salty finish, there’s a reason our Parmigiano remains a classic.
Hailing from Australia, this exclusive marinated blend of sheep and goat’s milk cheese is easily one of the most snackable cheeses of all time. Infused with bright, citrusy Mediterranean flavor, the small bites of creamy cheese melt on the tongue in a mouthful of mellow bliss. Pair these crowd-pleasing cubes with some cracked black pepper, fresh tomatoes and basil for an updated Caprese salad that’s got a sweet tang.
Similar to Number 6 on our list, this decadent double creme is an iconic French selection. What makes it stand out from traditional brie, however, stems from its butterfat content. With added cream, it takes on a rich, mouthwatering profile with notes of freshly churned butter and bread–pair it with a simple cracker or make it shine with fruit jams and a glass of sparkling wine.
Manchego is pretty much synonymous with Spain, and with good reason. Protected by local ordinances, this age-old traditional recipe features 100% milk from Manchega sheep, which lends it a rich nuttiness and mild gaminess, with a firm yet crumbly texture that makes for ideal snacking–try grating it over pasta or vegetables as a savory alternative to classic Parmigiano.
Our Mini Brie is the ultimate must-have cheese. From baking in appetizers and desserts to serving up on a classic cheese board, this simple and elegant little round is guaranteed to be a hit no matter how you slice it. Buttery and mild, it has just a touch of light earthiness–think button mushrooms–and a silky paste that’s begging to be spread over a crusty baguette.
Our mozz is the real deal. Made fresh using traditional Italian techniques, these smooth balls of dense, creamy cheese are the ultimate topping for pizza, pasta, salads, and so much more. Light, milky, and gently salted, this sweet and pillowy mozzarella is just as delicious in a fried cheese stick as it is served up with authentic Italian EVOO and balsamic.
You probably know it from its smooth elasticity and melt-in-your-mouth buttery profile, which is why this Alpine treat has been a beloved cheese since the 13th century. With notes of caramel, hazelnuts, and brown butter, this Swiss stunner is carefully selected by Murray’s experts and aged in our own caves until it reaches its peak at twelve months of maturation.
Reminiscent of a traditional triple creme, this French favorite is known for being intensely creamy and loaded with buttery undertones. Silky and tangy with a gentle sweetness, it’s the perfect substitute for a classic brie when you’re looking for something with a more mild profile and whipped texture. Its clean notes of fresh milk pair perfectly with berries, bread, Champagne, and homemade jams.
Want to see more of our top cheeses of the year? Check out our list of best sellers, including fan-favorite meats, collections and pantry items!