Sweet Dreams | June 2022 curdboxFLEX

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Here at curdbox, it’s almost impossible for us to choose our favorite box… but this month’s Sweet Dreams is definitely one of our favorites so far! This month’s FLEX selection explores the realms of sweetness and decadence- perfectly balanced with the right amount of savory and salt. All of the right flavor combinations to suit your cravings and comfort your palate. Chocolate paired with coffee…Earl Grey tea and bergamot cheese…Smoked blue cheese and Goat’s milk caramel… are just a few of the things we brought to you this month. Sweet Dreams are made of…cheese.

(But the sweetest dreams also contain chocolates and tea!)

This month's decadent FLEX selection.

Moody Blue by Roth Cheese Co.

First we have a blue for people who (think they) don't like blue. We've seen Roth Cheese from Wisconsin in a few previous boxes, and they've never led us astray before. This is another 4-month old cow's milk cheese. It's made like your typical blue, but then undergoes the stroke of genius to gently smoke the wheels with fruitwood. The result is salty, savory, but approachable blue that leaves just a whisper of smoke in its wake—it's truly like the bacon of blue cheese. It'll crumble well straight from the fridge, but as it warms up it becomes charmingly creamy for a blue.

Goat Gouda by Beemster Cheese

Beemster Cheese is known for its high quality and exceptional taste, with a variety of styles that range from mild to aged, making them one of the best cheesemakers in Holland. And their Goat Gouda is no exception in their award-winning line of fantastic cheeses. This Gouda is crafted from the milk of goats that graze in North Holland's lush, fertile pastures. The result is a creamy, buttery flavor that works well with most of your favorite pairings. Beemster uses their artisan-cheese-making techniques to craft a goat's milk cheese worthy of their name. Its traditional aging methods help develop a mellow, full-bodied taste that is buttery, lightly sweet, and refreshing without any of the sour "goatiness" that is characteristic of most goat cheeses. Uniquely flavored without being overly powerful or pungent, this cheese is an excellent first step into the world of goat cheese for those who have yet to try them. Decidedly different from your everyday chèvre, this cheese is sure to please even the pickiest of palates, making it the perfect choice for friends, family, connoisseurs, and casuals.

Teahive by Beehive Cheese Co.

Tim Walsh and Pat Ford, brothers-in-law and owners of Beehive Cheese, are two artisan cheesemakers who left the corporate fast lane in 2005 seeking a “simple way of life” making cheese. And over the years, they have racked up a wall of awards while making their cheese in the "Beehive State" of Utah. Rubbed with a blend of black tea and pure bergamot oil, leave it to Beehive to create a unique, flavorful cheese that is Teahive. Described by many as a “feel good” cheese, because of the soothing qualities of the Earl Grey, bergamot, and comforting creaminess of the Jersey cow milk from which it's made. The sweet fragrance of orange blossoms and Earl Grey, combined with the smooth texture of this cheese will melt in your mouth and live in your memory. Beehive’s Teahive is the perfect opportunity for some wonderful pairings and adventurous recipes.

 

Traditional Goat's Milk Caramel by fat Toad Farm

Fat Toad Farm makes this delicious goat’s milk caramel sauce in Brookfield, Vermont where they cook each batch low and slow, stirring for 5 hours to get the maximal amount of complex flavor and creamy, smoothness, with the slight taste of tangy chèvre and tons of silky sweetness. Since starting as a homesteading experiment in 2007, Fat Toad Farm has worked to perfect the art of goat's milk caramel making, focusing on traditional cooking methods and using a small number of fresh, simple, all-natural ingredients. At the start of 2016, they began their partnership with Vermont Creamery to source a year-round supply of fresh, local goat's milk. Made in small batches from three simple ingredients: goat’s milk, pure cane sugar, and baking soda, this delicious Mexican caramel, or cajeta, is similar to the South American cow’s milk version, dulce de leche. It is cooked until thickened and reduced down over heat until it reaches a rich brown color with a creamy consistency similar to fudge or butterscotch. This tangy, sweet, and velvety perfection is not to be missed. 

Chocolate + Coffee Bar by Pascha Chocolate Co.

Canada's own Pascha Chocolate Company's mission is to create the best tasting chocolate and is committed to using the most natural and ethical production system possible while doing it. Because of this, Pascha is one of the most certified chocolate companies in the world. Their Chocolate + Coffee bars are made with only four ingredients: organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, and organic ground roasted coffee. This bar combines two of the world’s most sought-after favorites—coffee and chocolate—and pairs them perfectly into a treat that you’ll crave again and again! 

English Raspberries & Dark Chocolate Biscuits by Elegant & English

Made in the UK, Elegant & English's range of biscuits is a combination of traditional recipes, contemporary styles, and the finest ingredients. These delicious all-butter biscuits are the perfect balance of tart, sweet, and rich flavors that dance together on your tongue. Classic and stylish, these English biscuits are ideal for dipping and designed to be a perfect partner for tea. Made from high-quality and natural ingredients, and with the perfect amount of crunch and crumble, these make a light and lovely snack, for tea-time or cheese-time.

 

And that's the box! We hope it takes you a wonderful, creamy cheesy place.

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