What Are Some Popular Cheeses in America?

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The top-selling cheeses in America are mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, Jack and Swiss, according to the Foodservice Research Institute. Combined, these cheeses account for 67 percent of the cheese sold across the nation. Other popular cheeses include American, blue, provolone, ricotta and feta.

Swiss cheese is the cheese most often used on sandwiches in the United States, accounting for 19 percent of all cheese used on sandwiches. Cheddar comes in a close second, accounting for 17 percent of sandwich cheese choices. American cheese is used on 35 percent of burgers, making it the most popular cheese choice for burgers, and Parmesan is the most popular cheese used in or on prepared entrées; it accounts for 30 percent of cheese used for this purpose. Mozzarella accounts for 84 percent of all cheese used on pizzas.

Jack cheese, also known as Monterey Jack cheese, is a truly American cheese that was originally produced in California. Made from raw or pasteurized cow milk, it comes in semisoft, semihard, hard and grana varieties. American cheese is another cheese that originated in the United States. It is a processed cheese made from a mixture of milk, milk fats, whey protein concentrates and several other ingredients. It has a semisoft texture and is often sold in individual slices.