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Vanilla and hazelnut emerge from the subtlest Swiss-iness.
$14.99 8 oz.

Product Description

Smooth as velvet, like white chocolate fudge. The softer Alpine notes resonate at last.

Quick Facts

Country of Origin: Switzerland
Milk Type/Treatment: Thermalized Cow
Rennet Type: Animal

The Flavor Experience

Challerhocker is the Swiss for those who think they don’t like Swiss cheese. Gone is any tinge of astringency, leaving the buttery background for the subtle flavors of our beloved Alpines: vanilla, hazelnut, and a touch of almond. The paste is velvety smooth and just this side of hard—you can really sink your teeth into it.

The Story

Cheesemaker Walter Rass comes from a long line of Appenzeller producers. Subsidized by the Swiss government, Appenzeller production is a guaranteed income. Rass took a risk putting more and more energy into his beloved “pet project”  Challerhocker (which means “cellar-sitter” and refers to those who watch over the wheels as they age). After years of increasing its production, though, Rass can finally afford to quit the Appenzeller game. Cheers to the diversity of Alpine cheese!

Usage Tips

Top this champion Gruyere with the sweet and caramelized Tishbi Onion Cabernet Preserves for one of our favorite bites.  Or play up the nuttiness of this cheese with the Tishbi Cherry Shiraz Preserves, it's like hanging out with a slice of cherry pie over a glass of Shiraz.  For a sweeter bite, try with our Fig and Acacia Honey Jam or try one of the many incredlbe Blake Hill preserves and marmelades. 

Straight From the Monger’s Mouth

“Challerhocker reminds me of a beloved porcelain doll. Soft, smooth, and alabaster, you'll never let it go. It also has a creepy child’s face on it. You know, like the doll.” — Ann C., Monger & Encyclopaedia Brit-Ann-ica

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