Friday, 27 January 2012

Pong Cheese: Heart-Shaped Cheeses for Valentine's Day

I was browsing the Pong website, when I found these gorgeous little heart-shaped cheeses that come in a gift box especially for Valentine's Day. And when I emailed them to ask for a photo, they very kindly sent me some of their cheeses - and a luscious chutney too - to try.



When I opened the box, I found a Godminster Cheddar, White Heart goat's cheese and a little leafy parcel of Banon. Added to this was a jar of beetroot and apple chutney. When you order the Valentine's box though, you get the White Heart, Godminster Cheddar, the chutney but also a Neufchatel AOC (also heart-shaped) rather than the Banon. Check it out here.

Here's a run down of the cheeses I tried.

White Heart



This is described as a 'stunning bloomy semi-hard goat's cheese' and we absolutely loved it. It was light and creamy, as you would expect from goat's cheese and you can slice it up and balance on a cracker. This cheese was light and really easy to eat.



Godminster Cheddar





My favourite. I'm a sucker for a really good Cheddar and this one is tangy, smooth and also organic. Full of flavour, when cut thinly, the slices actually melt in your mouth. The cheese is also wax coated in the shape of a heart. Aww. 



Banon


This soft, creamy French cheese comes wrapped in a bundle of chestnut leaves, which help to protect and also flavour the cheese. It has a mild flavour and spreads nicely on crackers or bread. Definitlely a bit moreish. 




 Beetroot and Apple Chutney




We loved this tangy, dark-coloured chutney with its chunks of apple and beetroot. It goes well with any of these cheeses and would be great in salads, ploughman-type affairs or slathered in a leftover roast chicken sandwich. Loved it. 



For more information on any of these cheeses, including the heart-shaped Valentine box, visit the Pong website.

 
What do you think? Does cheese make an ideal gift for Valentine's Day? 

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