#354 – Orange

When I moved to Boston my Dad and brother drove out there with me to help move boxes. We found a little diner by my apartment to have lunch and my brother got a tuna melt. He really liked the taste of the white cheese that was on it. When the server came by he asked her what kind of cheese it was. “American cheese.” She said. We were confused. American cheese was always orange every place we had ever been. The next day we went to the cheese section of the grocery store and sure enough all the American cheese was white. I found lots of funny little regional things like that from moving across the country.


0 thoughts on “#354 – Orange”

  1. John says:

    Very funny I love the cheese.

  2. Captain Ford says:

    Huh. I’ve never heard of white American cheese. Then again, I’ve never really been clear on what exactly makes cheese American anyway.

    Maybe it was made with tofu?

  3. PsychoDuck says:

    What a startling revelation!

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  4. MoosePhysh says:

    Is that Biff’s kitchen in the background? A yellow kitchen probably means bad things for him, or really…anyone.
    Also, we have both white and yellow (orangey) American cheeses here. Mostly yellow though.

  5. PsychoDuck says:

    I think you get white cheese by not letting it age as much, or something like that. Or it could have been mozzarella 😛

    Sorry for the double post, I didn’t notice your little blurb until just now!

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  6. Kara says:

    Personally, I like cheddar a whole lot better. It taste soooo good. *drool* lol

  7. MoosePhysh says:

    I too shall double post (kinda).
    Actually, American cheese used to be made of a blend of Colby and something cheese, Jack I think. It’s not really cheese anymore, or at least, the American cheese we think of when saying American cheese isn’t. I think it’s called a processed cheese food now, a blend of actual cheese and other dairy products.

  8. It'sa The Cheat says:

    Oh good, Biff finally realized something NOT bad and/or painful, but instead delicioius!

  9. PsychoDuck says:

    Just a random thought, but you wanna hear something messed up? We have American cheese.

    IN CANADA!!!!

    Oh darn it, triple post 😐

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  10. Seraphine says:

    Biff should marry that woman who
    made her house out of gingerbread.

  11. Kufat says:

    Both kinds are readily available in NY. Yellow’s more common, though.

  12. KayRis says:

    Hehe, it’s sliced cheese on the walls!!! I love it!!

  13. Dan says:

    I have to concur on one thing, it’s nice for see god ol’ Biff learn a lesson painlessly once and again. Of coarse instead of terminates he’s going to have one helluva mouse problem, but let’s not ruin the moment thinking about that.

    As I recall, Biff’s couch has been known to eat people, so this begs the question “Can Biff’s house eat itself?”

  14. LazerWulf says:

    2 things:

    1) Colby Jack (or Cheddar Jack) is not the same as American.

    2) Subway’s American Cheese is typically of the white variety in all the regions I’ve ever visited.

  15. Nick Steele says:

    This’d go well with the crackers on his bedroom wall.

  16. dragonbrad1 says:

    then why is he sad

  17. MarcusDranz says:

    He is not sad, Brad, but in quiet contemplation of the deliciousness he has discovered.

  18. MaskedMan says:

    Sliced processed cheez food product tends to shrivel and warp as it dries… soon he will need to re-tile his kitchen.

    That’s when he’ll realize that dried processed cheez food product has some of the same properties as bondo.

  19. Meterman says:

    American cheese is orange out here in SD – except, as one poster said, at Subway…

  20. Hanii Puppy says:

    why would someone call a cheese after the Country it came from? i can understand if they call it after the town or village it came from (Wensleydale cheese =p ), but it seems kinda weird to name it after a country.

    That, and mozzarella > all cheeses (L)

  21. Nicki says:

    cheeeeezaaaaaaah! as a Wisconsinite, i hold all cheese to equal…except for the smelly cheese…american cheese has always been white in color. I don’t know why the orange cheese would sometimes be called american…maybe kraft did it.

  22. Nathan says:

    Here in England cheese is plentiful, it tastes amazng. So many different varieties.

    Cheese on crackers, probably the best snack in history.

  23. AwesomeAud says:

    He’s actually *eating* some of that sliced ‘cheese’???? Ugh…Biff really is indestructible!

    BTW, Mr. Awesome makes cheese as a hobby. Cheese is orange because they dye it that colour. Scary, eh?


  24. John says:

    I was behind the mother of two toddlers who was buying both colors. The Deli Guy asked her if she knew they were the same, only one had food coloring. She knew, and commented that he obviously didn’t know much about the food preferences of little kids – one would only eat white cheese, the other yellow.

  25. kryhavok says:

    Around where I live the color of American is whitee… cheddar or velveeta cheese is the orange ones… unless i might have seen orange American, but I dont think so.

  26. Chuck says:

    Mmmm, American cheese. And mmmm Subway, where the American cheese is white but tastes just as wonderful.

  27. Reg says:

    Hmmm, maybe Biff can add some macaroni to his walls too. 😀

  28. Nikki says:

    I’ve heard that all cheese is naturally white (not counting mold,) but certain kinds are sometimes colored yellow for aesthetic reasons. So for me, some kinds of white cheese seems less “gimmiky” than yellow cheese.

  29. Micah says:

    He’s probably wondering why he didn’t make more sandwiches with it instead of using them for tiles.

  30. thewho1 says:

    everyone doesn’t (but should) know that Emmental is the best cheese ever. Do you have Leerdammer over in the U.S?

  31. Waldo says:

    Hmm… at my grocery store we have a choice of white American or yellow American… must be a New England thing.

  32. Alltat says:

    Huh, can’t say that I’ve ever even heard of “American” cheese. As another poster remarked, it seems like a rather strange name for a kind of cheese, as I assume you’ve got more than one kind availible?

  33. Kio says:

    “American cheese is a common processed cheese marketed by Kraft Foods, Borden, and other companies in the United States, and to some extent elsewhere. It is orange, yellow, or white in color and mild in flavor, with a medium-firm consistency, and melts easily. It has traditionally been made from a blend of cheeses, most often Colby and Cheddar. Today’s American cheese is generally no longer made from a blend of all-natural cheeses, but instead is a processed cheese, i.e. it is manufactured from a set of ingredients[1] (such as milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, salt) which meets the legal definition of cheese.”

    wikipedia to the rescue. /gg

  34. kruemi says:

    And once more i’m glad not to live in aeraca *runawayandhide* :-))

    Orange Cheese? Yellow Cheese? Cheese is white… ok, different kinds of yellowish white 🙂
    And naming a Cheese after a Continent is funny. Here most of the cheeses are named after villages or at least regions.
    Ok, you can get this slived, packaged cheese to at some places, but I would not really call this cheese anymore 🙂

    -kruemi (where from? guess)

  35. PsychoDuck says:

    “meets the legal definition of cheese.”

    So in other words, the cheapest to produce thing that can be defined as cheese? Wow, I’m suddenly not very hungry…

    Thank god for Canadian cheddar and cream cheese!

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  36. thewho1 says:

    I’m glad I live in the United Kingdom of Great Britainland, where cheese is plentiful and diverse.
    Seriously Americans, go on the Sainsbury’s website or something, if only to see what you are missing…

  37. Dan says:

    American cheese isn’t the only cheese in America. It just happens to be the best cheese for the cheeseburger, in my opinion anyway. Here in the states we have variations of cheese, it’s mostly that the average consumer is happy with American, Cheddar, Swiss, and perhaps a few others.

    Every American can list many more cheese types, if for no other reason than Pinky and the Brain. YouTube link follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufJTqT5gMg0

  38. Mash says:

    Interesting fact.
    The white/yellow coloring goes back to the few years before the Revolutionary War.
    The cheese that England imported was white in color.
    So, American colonists began to color their cheese yellow.
    That way other American’s would know to buy the yellow cheese, instead of the white cheese which would just give England the profit.
    I’m such a history dork -_-

  39. Spiny Norman says:

    Now this is a cheese roll-call, courtesy of those fine Monty Python boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3KBuQHHKx0

  40. Dan says:

    Is this some kind of competition between America and England, a battle fought only with cheese? I’m getting that distinct impression. That has to be one of the most senseless things to compete about I’ve ever heard.

    So if British cheese is so much better than American cheese, has anybody on the other side of the pond ever tiled a wall with Wensley Dale? Gorgonzola? Limburger? American cheese is the only cheese with the industrial tensile strength required for construction jobs. Eat that, you Limeys!

  41. nemo says:

    i hate cheese. i dont care wat color it is, but to me, its all nasty. i love milk though… weird…

  42. thewho1 says:

    No-one would tile a wall with British cheese because it’s far to good for that. Also, while we’re on the subject of senseless battles, our cars are better too…

  43. PsychoDuck says:

    “Is this some kind of competition between America and England, a battle fought only with cheese?”

    No no no! That’s a ludicrous assumption!!!

    It’s a fight between America, England and Canada, too 😛

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  44. KayRis says:

    I don’t think it matters what country the cheese came from, it’s all pretty good. If ya’ll really want to know more about it, go to http://www.cheese.com (I just found it on google and it seems to know what it’s talking about).

  45. PsychoDuck says:

    @ KayRis:

    Well, with a name like that, how could it not know? *Clicks* Ooh, cheese 😛

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  46. MaskedMan says:


    This is America – We have immigrants from literally every nation on the planet, and they *all* want the taste of home. If there’s a cheese produced and sold commercially anywhere in the world, we have it. If we don’t produce a domestic version of it, we import it. We even have a grey market in Mexican farmer’s cheese – mom-n-pop cheese makers selling their home-made product at flea markets and farmer’s markets. I can get more different kinds of cheese from the local grocery stores than you can shake a stick at, and they’re not even specialty shops!

  47. Rakala says:

    Here in Los Angeles, we have both white and yellow/orange american cheese. I usually only see the white kinds at restaurants…or subway

  48. dragon1594 says:

    I live in Boston and i had a similar experience visiting chicago, i was used to white american cheese my WHOLE life and while going to chicago we stopped at a restaurant and i got a sandwich that was made with orange cheese, and i didnt understand what she said when it was american, then we went to a supermarket and all became clear.

  49. liongirl says:

    I live in Minnesota, both in the southern part and right by ND (oh the college life…) anyway, all the American cheese I have ever known has been white

  50. Tuesday says:

    I grew up with american cheese being white. The only orange cheese I knew of was cheddar.

  51. Alex G says:

    we carry both white and yellow at the the deli where i work in North Carolina. I don’t see the difference, but i don’t eat much America chease.

  52. "rar" -ivy says:

    lol. the exact opposite thing happened to me when i was little- i went down to my grandma’s in Oklahoma and all the american cheese was
    ORANGE. i wouldn’t eat it. 😛

  53. TheGSE says:

    Cheese that comes with peppers inside is the only cheese worth contemplating.
    Mmmm, pepper jack.

  54. Rita says:

    As a deli worker, the fact that there’s both white and yellow American annoys me to no end. Some customers seem to have gotten it into their mind that white is somehow fancier and superior to yellow American cheese. One time we were out of white and a customer asked for it. I told her we didn’t have any more and that we did have yellow, they were pretty much the same and she could sample it if she wanted to. She acted like I insulted her mother. She began lecturing me about how she would never buy yellow because it was disgusting. I was just like “okay, whatever lady. I don’t care that much about your cheese problems.” On the flipside, we have the parents who only want the yellow American cheese because their little brats won’t eat anything else and heaven forbid they force precious junior to eat something that isn’t a color he approves of! Yes, I’m cranky. 😛 You would be too if you had to deal with this every day.

  55. Tech says:

    Someone slapped a cheese slice to the wall in the janitor’s room at my workplace. It had turned into plactic by the time I found it…

  56. Marscaleb says:

    I hate the term “American Cheese.” It’s not actually cheese, it’s process cheese. I really dislike that we would call this weak imitation cheese byproduct as American; its demeaning to our nation.

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