Smooth as velvet, like white chocolate fudge. The softer Alpine notes resonate at last.
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.
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!
Top this champion Gruyere with caramelized Onion Preserves for one of our favorite bites. Or play up the nuttiness of this cheese with a fruit jam of your choice — 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.