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Last updated: 02 August 2021
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We blind taste test and compare 27 supermarket vintage cheddar cheese blocks from brands including Bega, Coles and Cracker Barrel to find the best.

  • Our interactive comparison tool helps you sort by price, fat content, calcium content and more, and our Recommended list quickly tells you the best aged cheddar.
  • Our cheddar buying guide looks at whether cheddar cheese is healthy, explains what's meant by the cheddar terminology 'mature', 'vintage' and 'club', and gives a tried and tested recipe for cheese scones.
  • We've partnered with Shop Ethical on this review to show the ratings that the Ethical Consumer Group give to each company (not product).
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How we test

Products

We test cheddar products that are available in major supermarket and grocery chains. We've included products that say 'Vintage' or 'Extra Mature' in the product name and/or are labelled with a maturation of 12 months or more.

Price is based on a 250g pack (or closest) bought in Sydney stores (not on special).

Tasting

Cheddar blocks are unwrapped and placed on coded plates immediately before the test. Our experts taste the cheddar samples 'blind' (without knowing the brands) and in a randomised order, which is different for each expert.

Scores

Experts independently judge all cheddar products, scoring each sample for appearance/presentation, flavour, aroma, texture and body. 

The CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of taste 70% (50% flavour and aroma, 30% texture and body, 20% appearance/presentation) and nutrition 30% (based on the product's Health Star Rating, calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel and converted to a percentage). 

We recommend cheddar cheese with a CHOICE Expert Rating of 70% or more.


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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Pack price in Sydney supermarkets and grocery chains (not on special).

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    Calcium per 100g (mg)

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    As per nutrition information panel on pack purchased.

    enter value/s in increments of i between 687 and 770

    Price per 100g

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    Based on the price paid for specified pack sizes in Sydney supermarkets and grocery chains (not on special).

    enter value/s in increments of i between 1.4 and 5.67

    Percentage of Australian ingredients

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    As per the country of origin statement on pack.

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    • Club cheddar
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