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Supermarket Extra-Sharp Cheddar

The best extra-sharp cheddars are bold but balanced. Which cheese should you buy?

What We Learned

American cheddar consumption has nearly doubled since 1970, and supermarket shelves are bursting with options, which makes choosing the best block a daunting task. Cheddar comes in a number of styles—mild, sharp, extra sharp, and more. These terms aren’t regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but they usually indicate how long a cheese has been aged. Typi...