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Artisanal Cream Cheese

We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supermarket favorite.

What We Learned

While artisanal cream cheese won’t be putting big national brands out of business anytime soon, we wondered if a small-batch, handmade approach to this everyday supermarket staple could take it to the next level. To find out, we mail-ordered three cheeses, from Vermont, Michigan, and Virginia.

To focus on flavor, we sampled the cheeses plain. Tasters gave top marks to the most co...

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