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String Cheese
braided string cheese

In the world of cheese, there's a snack that brings joy and a bit of playfulness to the table - string cheese. Loved by children and adults alike, this fun and convenient snack is not only delicious but also offers a unique eating experience. Let's delve into the world of string cheese, exploring its origins, characteristics, and some notable producers who have perfected the art of crafting this whimsical delight.

String cheese, often made from mozzarella, is crafted using the pasta filata cheese-making technique. This involves stretching and kneading the curd to create its characteristic smooth and elastic texture. The cheese is then typically sold in individual portions, making it a convenient, mess-free snack.

Traditional Armenian String Cheese: "Charkhut"

In Armenia, string cheese is known as "Charkhut" or "Chechil." This variation takes the basic concept of string cheese and infuses it with Armenian flavors and traditions. Charkhut is often made from a blend of cow's and sheep's milk, giving it a unique taste that reflects the dairy-rich landscapes of the region. What distinguishes Armenian string cheese is its cylindrical shape and the addition of traditional herbs and spices during the cheese-making process. Common seasonings include black cumin seeds, red pepper flakes, and mint, creating a flavor profile that is both savory and aromatic.

Pairing Possibilities and Culinary Uses

Both the traditional and globally popular versions of string cheese offer versatility in the kitchen. String cheese is not limited to being a stand-alone snack; it can be paired with fresh fruits, nuts, or crackers for a balanced taste experience. The meltability of string cheese also makes it a great addition to dishes like pizzas and quesadillas.

Armenian string cheese, with its unique seasoning, can be enjoyed in a similar fashion or used in traditional Armenian recipes. Its distinct flavors add depth to mezze platters, and it can be a delightful accompaniment to flatbreads and dried fruits.

The Pulling Ritual

We cannot discuss string cheese without acknowledging the sheer joy that comes from the "stringing" ritual. Whether you peel it into neat strands or relish in the challenge of biting into it, the interactive nature of string cheese adds an element of playfulness to snack time. It's a snack that not only satisfies hunger but also provides a satisfying sensory experience.

String Cheese Producers

Traditional Armenian string cheese: 


Sun Ni –

Gharibian Farm –

Karlacti –

Snacking string cheese:

Frigo –

Sargento –

Galbani –


Tillamook –


Organic Valley –


Hormel -


Crystal Farms –


Borden Dairy –

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