It’s one of the most popular foods known to man and also one of the most versatile. This ubiquitous dairy product has found itself as a staple diet amongst many people. Funnily enough it’s also the most shoplifted food item according to various studies. As tasty as it is, cheese has also laid itself open to some pretty awful culinary creations. Below we have a quick rundown of some of the most gut wrenchingly upsetting, and ones to bear in mind if you’re on a health kick.
Cheese in A Can (Aerosol Cheese)
As disgusting as it sounds, this is produced by the food company, Kraft and is a cheese based product which focuses on efficiency over nutrition. High in saturated fat, it is a particularly high risk product. Saturated fat can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes. Aside from the fact that it looks and tastes similar, it’s surprising it’s still on the shelves. Anything that is sprayed out of a can really shouldn’t be considered as food, but as with most things of this sort – children love it.
These horrible examples of all things that are bad with convenience foods are not particularly tasty and are generally marketed (again) towards the preferences of children. They are in essence, rubbery slimy strips (reassuringly made with “real cheese”) which are slightly repulsive to most people over the age of ten. They are, however, great to play with. The end result is child marketing gold.
Cinema Nancho Cheese
Yeah this is that rather strange looking cheese you get in the cinemas to accompany your nachos. The unnatural yellow colour is one thing but it’s so salty that that it really can’t be too good for you. It’s a low quality grade of cheese: high in fat and, as a result, sickeningly greasy. Caution should be taken and alternatives sought (i.e. salted popcorn tends to have less salt!)
These thin little squares are rarely considered cheese by most people. Despite being marketed as cheese, they are more closely related to a waste byproduct both in sight and taste, with the affectionate names “Plastic cheese”, “American cheese”, “Burger Cheese”. Thankfully, being individually wrapped makes them difficult to consume en masse.
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that anything with maggots in should not be consumed by any sane individual. Maggots are only generally found around rotten items so it beggars believe why anyone would want to consume them. This is exactly the case with Casu Marzu. This is a now-legal-but-only-because-of-a-loophole cheese from Sardinia which is eaten with live maggots which apparently try to jump in your eye balls as you eat them. This meal is as sick as they come and despite being an aphrodisiac should be avoided by all but the most adventurous. We strongly recommend you don’t eat anything illegal, but since it isn’t currently you are welcome to try! Enjoy!
Oliver works as a tech writer for Ladbrokes. He’s developed a great loathing of aerosol and ‘squirty’ foods, but is drawn to them nonetheless.