Happy Farms Cheese Curds

While strolling through a newly remodeled local Aldi store, I noticed a product I’ve rarely seen before at the discount grocer: cheese curds. My family eats a lot of cheese, so I picked up a package.

Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese Curds

Aldi’s Happy Farms Cheese Curds come in three varieties: cheddar, mixed cheddar, and jalapeno. I opted for the cheddar. They sold for $3.99 for a 12-oz. package at the time of publication.

What are cheese curds anyway? The Wisconsin Cheeseman states that cheese curds are: “Fresh Cheddar cheese in its natural, random shape and form before being processed into blocks and aged. Curds have a mild taste with a slightly rubbery texture and should squeak when eaten.”

Aldi’s cheese curds are made in the U.S., and the ingredients are simple: cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, and annatto.

The package says the cheese curds should be served at room temperature, or you can speed things up and eat them sooner by microwaving them for 15 seconds after taking them out of the refrigerator. The curd should be squeaky when you chew it if it’s been warmed properly.

The package also states that the cheese curds should be used within five days once the package is opened, and they may be frozen for up to two months before opening. Refreezing is not recommended.

Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese Curds

Cheddar Cheese Curds nutrition info. (Click to enlarge.)

One serving is about 4 curds, with about 12 servings per package. One serving nets you 110 calories, with 80 calories from fat. One serving also contains 9 grams of total fat (14% of your recommended daily value), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 30 mg cholesterol (10% DV), 225 mg of sodium (10% DV), and 0 grams of carbohydrates or sugars. One serving also provides 7 grams of protein and 20% of your daily value of calcium.

Everyone in my house enjoyed Aldi’s cheese curds. In fact, they were so popular that no one really let them come up to room temperature before eating them. I guess I’ll have to go back and buy more from Aldi so we can do it properly. Thankfully, the cheese curds appear to be a Regular Buy that will be in stores all the time, so I’m hopeful we’ll be able to find them at Aldi in the future.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Happy Farms Cheese Curds come in cheddar, mixed cheddar, and jalapeno varieties and are a nice change from regular cheese cubes or string cheese. They are best when eaten at room temperature, or you can microwave them briefly if you’re in a hurry. Recommended.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Senior Editor for Aldi Reviewer. She is also a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

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