Do you consider yourself a pudding person? Or like me, does the thought of sweet treats kind of turn you off? When the dessert menu comes, do you make the right ruddy choice and go for the cheese board? If so, you are probably dying to know my low down on the best Christmas cheeses of 2018.
What makes a cheese Christmas-y? Of course being stuffed with various yule tide flavours is an indicator of Christmas joy, as is being a certain shape that seems festive, and of course the essential Christmas packaging which makes any old bit of brie feel as joyously festive as one of Santa's little elves.
How much cheese is too much cheese? The answer is, that is entirely up to you, but judging by my own personal experience, usually by the 12th day of Christmas, the mere thought of dairy products will cause all of the colour to drain from my face and leaving me needing a lie down.
But until then, here is a selection of cheeses to get you through.
Chrismas is a time for all the senses, but one where salty and sweet work especially well, like that one couple you know who are perfect for each other and are never ever going to split up. This white stilton has dried cranberries, blueberries, and candied orange peel. Oof pass us a sherry auntie Sue, will ya?
You can keep your poxy Christmas cake, I'll have this four tier cheese cake thank you. A mixture of Welsh Black Bomber, Perl Las, Petit Grey, Smoked Orsom, and Capricorn Goats Cheese. Ugh stuff like this makes me genuinely wish it was Christmas every day.
You'll be hard pushed to beat the simplicity and deliciousness of a baked camembert. This one is all ready to go in the oven so yum yum, get to it. Special bonus points if you stick a few cloves of garlic, rosemary, and a slosh of white wine in.
Oh you old TART! The sweet sweet combination of brie and cranberry completely debunked my theories that cheese mixed with fruit is the worst. Pineapple on pizza y'all. Bleurgh. Anyhow, these are totes delicious and all for you to eat, darling.
In perhaps the most West Country of all moves, Marks & Sparks has gone ahead and mixed Cornish Cruncher with cider. Bake this beauty and get to dunking. Lord knows — dunkable cheese is among the most delicious of all cheeses.