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The Cheese Whisperer: Nuzzle Up with Ipanema


Hand rubbed with cocoa and butter, Beehive Cheese’s Ipanema awaits…

From the award-winning cheese makers at Beehive Cheese Company comes a new, lovely creation known as Ipanema cheese. It is an Irish-style aged made from pasteurized cow’s milk cheese that is hand-rubbed with Sierra Nevada Cultured Butter and Crio Brew cocoa beans sourced from the Vega Real Valley in the Dominican Republic.

Ipanema’s name is inspired by the popular jazz song “Girl from Ipanema”, a particular favorite of Beehive’s co-owner Tim Welsh. Take a bite and let this cheese transport you to a warm, sunny Brazilian beach with hints of roasting chocolate wafting through the air. Made with the milk of Jersey cows in Northern Utah, this rich cheese is creamy and evokes the rich flavors of roasted chocolate and the tang of ripe strawberries.

Pair Ipanema with medium to full-bodies wines, port, dark ales, bourbon, and champagne. Serve with dried Olli Salumi, dried figs and toasted almonds. It makes an ideal cheese for Valentine’s Day cheese boards.
Ipanema is an elegant artisan cheese that is regularly priced at $27.99 per pound, but you’ll find it here at the Co-op for only $15.99 per pound! Stock up, give some away and enjoy!
Posted by Claire
By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.