This Is Why You Won’t Find Holes In Swiss Cheese Anymore


Some might notice these days that Swiss cheese slices have been lacking their signature holes. The distinguishable feature has made the cheese one of the most recognizable dairy products around.

Turns out the reason behind the missing holes have now been discovered, reports NYPost.

According to a Swiss agricultural institute, microscopic specks of hay are the cause of the holes in the cheese. The hay particles create the holes as the milk matures. Because milking methods have transitioned into more hygienic, automated systems, there have been a decline in cheese holes in the last 15 years.

Scientists can, however, add various amounts of hay dust to regulate the number of holes in the cheese. Y’know, for nostalgic purposes.

Photo: Swiss Wiki


Fast Food

Burger King Launches Bacon Cheeseburger Slathered in A1 Sauce


Burger King has been keeping pretty quiet on the burger front in the last few months. The last major announcement was their new Chicken Big King, which we kind of forgot about after a while. Looks like they’re making up for the lack of new burgers by dropping, not one, but two menu additions to the line-up. The new items include the A1 Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger and the Mushroom & Swiss Big King. Wait, does one of those sound familiar?

The A1 Ultimate Cheeseburger is made with  half-pound flame-grilled beef divided among two patties. It’s topped with American cheese, onions, bacon and A1 sauce and served on an artisan bun. The Mushroom & Swiss Big King is the traditional Big King, two beef patties and the addition of Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms and mayo.

Each burger will only be available at participating Burger King locations for a limited time.


Picthx Burger King


FDA’s Ban on Wooden Cheese Boards Could Devastate the US Artisan Cheese Industry


This could very well be the first sign of the cheesepocalypse. In a move that’s shaking the dairy world, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ban on the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards — including a majority of cheeses imported to the US. Aging cheese is a process that incorporates bacteria, enzymes, molds and environmental factors to add to the flavor of the final product. While this centuries-old process may sound unappetizing, it makes for damn good cheese.

It all started when the New York State Department of Agriculture asked the FDA if surfaces made from wood were an acceptable means to age cheese, according to Forbes. The branch chief of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutritions Dairy and Egg Branch replied:

The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to [Current Good Manufacturing Practices], which require that “all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable, and shall be properly maintained.”

While the regulation does not directly mention wood, the FDA will likely argue that wooden boards never truly reach their standard of cleanliness in comparison to plastic and metal alternatives. Because nothing says artisan like a cold and sterile factory environment.

While major cheese manufacturers like Kraft will be unaffected — they don’t require the wood-aging process — smaller businesses who make artisan cheeses will most definitely be devastated. Time will tell whether or not the FDA will back down or ease up on this regulation.


Say What: Toy Camera Looks Like a Tiny Wedge of Cheese


The phrase might feel a little outdated, especially with our #selfie generation, but thanks to this adorably pun-friendly camera from Japanese company JTT, there’s never been a better time to “say cheese!”

1.8 x 1.2 inches and tapered just like a wedge of actual yellow Swiss, the Chobi Cam Cheese is not a “good” camera by any means, but it can capture 1280 x 1024 stills, 720 x 480 24 fps video, and, presumably, mice. It’s also chargeable via USB and microSD compatible. As the product description reads, “If you don’t use this Camera and instantly fall in love with it, you simply don’t know Jack.”


Nab one from Amazon for about $34.

H/T Design Taxi

Fast Food

Carl’s Jr. Reveals a Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich

Carl’s Jr. is furthering their hand-breaded chicken tender lineup by revealing a new variety of sandwich using their proud product. This week sees the launch of a Bacon Swiss Crispy Hand-breaded Chicken Tender Sandwich at Carl’s Jr. locations that features freshly prepared hand-breaded chicken tenders, two bacon strips, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and Ranch dressing on a bun.

Also along for the ride are Honey Mustard and Buttermilk Ranch versions of the same base sandwich. If you want try the new bacon swiss version, here’s a limited time coupon for $1 off a combo meal.

Come back and let us know how it tastes!


Red Robin Releases a Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger

Move over Oktoberfest Burger, Red Robin is bringing about a new limited-time only burger in the form of a new Jim Beam Bacon Swiss Burger. The new burger is a JIM BEAM® bourbon-glazed burger, topped with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized bourbon onions and melted Swiss cheese on a garlic-butter toasted brioche bun.

You won’t need an I.D. when buying this bad boy. Har har.


Fast Food

This is What McDonald’s First Veal Burger Looks Like

Leave it up to the Swiss to get McDonald’s first veal burger. The interesting burger, dubbed the McZűri,  utilizes a ground-veal patty made of 100% Swiss veal, a layer of mushroom sauce and Rösti, a hash-brown-potato patty. A quick ponder of the Swiss McDonald’s website will not only show the McZűri, but also another burger planned to release October 19th, the McGrillschnägg — a grilled pork sausage curled on top of crispy bacon and a Rösti patty (pictured below).

[via BurgerBusiness]


Carnivore Trail Mix

A smokey blend of meats and cheeses make up this positively carnivorous, unique trail mix. Every package comes up one pound of beef jerkys (hickory, spicy, teriyaki, pepper, country, garlic, hot), smoked meats (spicy and mild beef, both pepper and cheddar, garlic beef, and turkey in mild, spicy and pepper flavors),  and cheese (cheddar and Swiss). ($14.97 @ TheSportsmanGuide)