Pet Peeve #62: American Cheese

american-cheese-editedAmerican cheese, why are you a thing?

On occasion, I get a fast-food cheeseburger, forgetting that by default it will come laden with the worst of all cheeses, American cheese. Grumbling to myself, I’ll scrape off the cheese, but that plastic-fake taste never really goes away.

I’m sure there are those out there who actually enjoy the taste of American cheese. I don’t understand it, but it’s possible. That doesn’t keep it from being a pet peeve, though. There are SO many better cheeses that should be the standard for cheeseburgers.

Also, even if you love American cheese, I’m sure you realize how low-grade the cheese is compared to other cheeses. Yet it proudly bears the American name on it. Shouldn’t America be represented by a better cheese? A cheddar cheese curd made in Wisconsin, perhaps?

There is a possibility that no one actually likes American cheese, but some people simply put up with it. Hence the poll below. I want to know if there is anyone who would choose American cheese on their cheeseburger over, say, cheddar. Not that cheddar is the pinnacle of all cheese, but it’s 10x better than American cheese in terms of quality of ingredients.

6 Responses to “Pet Peeve #62: American Cheese”

  1. Joe Babbitt says:

    American “cheese” isn’t even a real cheese. It’s a “processed cheese food” Which sounds like it’s something for cheese to eat. Not that I would feed my pet cheese this crap.

  2. aegisys says:

    You should be more selective about your fast food burgers.

    Get thee to a Culver’s. Wisconsin cheddar and swiss both on the menu. Also frozen custard.

  3. I always do wonder why it’s called American cheese – the texture is just so…flimsy and weak – is that what us US folks think of ourselves? How about some nice creamy havarti or some flavorful muenster?
    Sincerely, a cheese addict AMY

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      I completely agree, Amy! I’m actually quite surprised that anyone has voted that they prefer American cheese.

  4. Given the choice, I’d definitely choose American Cheese, given that I’ve never come across it! I don’t know if it’s the same stuff we get on cheeseburgers in the UK, but I’d be interested to find out.

  5. Jasmin says:

    American Cheese was my go to snack when I was a kid. I would have a slice pretty everyday, especially after school as I watched my cartoons. That was a little slice of heaven until middle school or high school. I took a food and health class and discovered that American Cheese is not cheese at all! Devastated. Told my mom, threw away that fake cheese, and replaced with other cheeses. We eat Swiss cheese mostly and I occasionally enjoy a slice of real cheese. Yay, real cheeses!

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