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Cheese In The News – Vol. 13

A legacy to survive the ages

WWFC Mourns

Morrie R. Yohai, inventor of Cheez Doodles, has died. He was 90.  Yohai developed the snack at his Old London Foods factory in the 1950s. The company already was selling Dipsy Doodles rippled corn chips. He applied a similar concept for the Cheez Doodles, adapting the machine to extrude liquefied cornmeal into a “more roundish, pinhole shape”. Yum. The snack was coated with seasoning and cheddar cheese that colors hands bright orange. Double yum. To make the Cheez Doodles healthier, they were baked, not fried. Triple yum.  You know they’re good because he even had a picture of Julia Child eating a bag of Cheez Doodles with a caption that called it her favorite snack.

Cheesy Carnage Of Epic Proportions

A semitrailer carrying more than 39,000 pounds of shredded cheese caught fire on Interstate 10, in Florida. The fire is being blamed on a failure of the semi’s brakes, igniting the trailer and its contents. Damage was estimated at $30,000. The white, five-cheese blend was headed to a Little Caesars Pizza, but no one knows which one. Our thoughts are with them, wherever they are, during this difficult time. The driver was not injured. He was able to disconnect the cab from the trailer and escape. Of course, he didn’t even bother to try and save the cheese, just his own bacon. The cheese was scooped from the interstate with a front-end loader and placed in a large metal container on the shoulder of the road until a proper burial can be arranged.

Oooooh, that can't be good

In This Case, I Love Saying I Told You So!

Shares of CEC Entertainment plummeted nearly 10% Friday morning after the operator of Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants forecast earnings below Wall Street’s expectations. CEC Entertainment said it now expects to earn between $2.52 and $2.62 per share in 2010, down from its previous guidance for earnings of $2.70 to $2.80 per shares. “We believe our pricing strategy to reduce coupon discounts at a time when the economy not only did not improve but may have in fact softened somewhat hurt our topline,” CEO Michael Magusiak said on a conference call with investors and analysts. Ya think? Or maybe it’s the pedophiles, robberies, assaults and murders? Nah.

Hurt the cheese, suffer the consequences

Why We Shouldn’t Rule Out Corporal Punishment So Quickly

A Utah man was charged in a semitrailer crash that dumped more than eight tons of cheese onto Interstate 90 in South Dakota. He then failed to show up for his court hearing. A warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Ronald Jessop, of Washington, Utah. The charges include driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license and grand cheese larceny. Apparently breaking the law is exhausting. It would seem Jessop fell asleep at the wheel and struck a vehicle being towed behind an RV. The semi rolled and ended up in a ditch, spilling 25 blocks of cheese weighing about 700 pounds each. Two people in the RV suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The cheese has been upgraded to a stable condition.

I'd rather eat headcheese

Yes, It Is Possible To Ruin Cheese

Unbelievable. With obesity levels at an all-time high, Denny’s is coming out with a gut-buster sandwich.  As of August 24, a Fried Cheese Melt has been added to the menu. The sandwich is “made with four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread.” It comes with fries, marinara sauce and Lipitor on the side. It could be worse. Earlier this summer, Friendly’s restaurants introduced their Grilled Cheese Burger Melt. The burger is between two grilled cheese sandwiches, in place of a bun. It has 1500 calories , 870 fat calories and an elastic waistband.

‘Cause We Canadians Are Just As Crazy About Cheese As Those Brits

Or is that just crazy? We told you about the Brits’ tradition of chasing a wheel of cheese down a steep hill.  Little did we know that there is also a Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival. It was held this month in Whistler, British Columbia. I could tell you all about it, but just watch and see for yourselves! I am SO proud to be Canadian.

I'm the one in the middle.

You Never Think It Could Happen Where You Live…Until It Does.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning Quebec and Ontario residents to avoid Le Belle de Jersey brand cheese, as it could contain Listeria. The affected cheeses were produced in Saguenay, Quebec, and were sold in July  and August. So far, nobody’s gotten sick except me. Sick at the thought that this could happen here. In my town, my province. It’s an outrage, I tell you. An outrage! How could this happen? What is going to be done about this? Is no one being held accountable?! I will NOT rest until someone is held accountable! Was it you? Are you the one who did this?! It was you, wasn’t it?!?! How could you?!?!?!?

Please forgive me. I seem to have gotten quite listerical there.

Dammit, people! I'm not even female!

My God! How big was the goat?

The Guinness World Record people officially recognized an Italian goat cheese, pecorino, weighing in at almost 535 kg (1,179 pounds) as the largest in the world. It is 158 cm (5.1 feet) in diameter and 29 cm (11.4 inches) in height. It took 25 volunteers, 3,500 liters (924 gallons) of milk and one bad-ass breast pump.

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  • Wow, who knew there were so much news about cheese?? I’m amazed, and slightly disgusted, by these cheesy news. And I’m also a little confused, why would anyone want to make a 535 kg cheese on purpose? Isn’t that something that only happens as a horrible mistake and then the national guard comes in to save the world from the giant cheese?

  • Cheese Doodles? That’s Britney Spears favorite snack too. I’m sorry the old guy died. He gave so much to so many. And the trucker “saving his own bacon” is pretty priceless too. Why did the guy steal the cheese? I can see stealing a little wedge of spiritual brie, but damn!

    Those Canadians know how to have a good time! When I was in Victoria, BC, I saw nothing that much fun! I feel a bit cheated. I did however see some Royal Canadian Mounties, mounted and that was pretty good. As was tea at the Empress and that place with all the roses. Yeah.

    All this cheesy news made me a little queasy. I don’t know why. I probably need to pop over to Denny’s for a bit!

  • Cheese Doodles? That’s Britney Spears favorite snack too. I’m sorry the old guy died. He gave so much to so many. And the trucker “saving his own bacon” is pretty priceless too. Why did the guy steal the cheese? I can see stealing a little wedge of spiritual brie, but damn!

    Those Canadians know how to have a good time! When I was in Victoria, BC, I saw nothing that much fun! I feel a bit cheated. I did however see some Royal Canadian Mounties, mounted and that was pretty good. As was tea at the Empress and that place with all the roses. Yeah.

    All this cheesy news made me a little queasy. I don’t know why. I probably need to pop over to Denny’s for a bit!

  • Uhm, Nicky, where did my comment go? I’m not sure I could duplicate it if I had to. Maybe it’s here but hiding?

  • This thing ate my comment Nicky! That really is a cheesy thing to do!

  • Mikewj

    A truck carrying a shitload of cheese crashes and catches on fire? Break out the ramekins and forks, folks, because we’re having fondue tonight!

    Also, I love Cheez Doodles, and I personally think that Denny’s ought to add them to its Fried Cheese Melt sandwich for a little extra crunch. Delicious!

    Like Ziva, I can’t imagine what you’d do with an 1,100-pound wheel of cheese. Live in it? Hollow it out and sail around the world on it? Hold a really, really big party with lots and lots of crackers? I guess the possibilities are endless.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry this comment is late. I was observing a moment of silence for the Cheese Doodle guy. And then I was wiping a tear from my eye, as a proud Canadian, over that Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler. Woo-ee *whistles* Did they use La Belle de Jersey cheese, eh? No wonder people shouldn’t eat it.

  • What do you mean, who knew? Aren’t you Finnish? I thought you knew everything! 🙂

    Haven’t you ever heard the expression “The more, the cheesier”?

  • Your comment is stuck, but I found it and I will unstick it, I promise!

  • Oh man! Now I am just going to have to eat an entire bag of Cheez Doodles, in his honor!

  • Why do I get the feeling you’re mocking this terrible tragedy?

    I love Cheez Doodles too. I personally think Denny’s is a barely disguised Satan’s Den the way that Clark Kent was a barely disguised Superman. Ugh!

    I really don’t understand you two. I can’t imagine what I WOULDN’T do with an 1,100-pound wheel of cheese.

  • It’s un-stuck now, Baby. All is right with the world!

  • It’s un-stuck now, Baby. All is right with the world!

  • Dufus, thank you for commiserating with us during this especially emotional period. Please note the family has requested a donation be made to WWFC in lieu of flowers. Seriously.

    Ok, I don’t know if you were joking or not, but I SERIOUSLY want to try that cheese rolling! And damn, I wish I’d thought of suggesting they use La Belle de Jersey!

  • Bon Appetit! I think I may just do the same 🙂

  • He lived to 90 eating Cheez Doodles?!?!?! I am ON it!

  • xoxo

  • Mikewj

    You know, now that I think about it, if you could get four of those giant cheese wheels, you could make a really cool-looking Cheesemobile and fight crime or travel the world feeding starving people or something.

    Oh, and I’m sorry about the Cheez Doodles guy. I failed to appreciate how much this has affected the good citizens of Canada. We can only hope that people remember to honor Morrie R. Yohai, and that the supermarkets don’t take advantage of the situation by raising prices. Cheez Doodles are like the bread of life, except cheesier.

  • You GO girl! 🙂

  • A Cheesemobile! You are BRILLIANT! Now I know what to ask Santa for!

    I’m glad to see you’ve finally realized the gravity of the situation. “Cheez Doodles are like the bread of life, except cheesier.”

    Amen.

  • I will still love Cheez Doodles, even if they are Britney’s favourite snack! I’m not sure the guy stole the cheese, just drove the truck without a license and crashed it. I can see stealing a whole lotta spritual brie 🙂

    We Canadians are known internationally for having fun. Go to any bathroom, anywhere in the world and you will see “For a good time, call Canada” scrawled on the bathroom stalls. Mounted Mounties, hmmm? You do see where I’m going with this, right?

    You pop over to Denny’s and I’m sure you’ll feel MORE than queasy! UGH!!

  • wow…who knew there was so much information about cheese. hate to hear the cheez doodles guy bit the dust. i so love having those orange tasty fingers!

  • LOL, We are a plethora of cheesy information, aren’t we?! It is sad about Morrie, but at least we’ll always have Cheez Doodles…

  • long live orange colored fingers!!!

  • I am so sorry for your loss.

    Hey, I learned something last night and I thought of you guys right away. Did you know that it was the company Atari who created Chuck E Cheese? They did it as a way to pull more quarters from the pockets of five year olds because all the quarters they got from the teens and tweens wasn’t enough. No lie. CNBC did a story on Atari and there it was. One of the developers they interviewed said it was their fault, they were sorry and yes, the pizza sucked. His quote was something like “developers don’t make very good pizza”.

  • Thank you 🙂

    I actually had read that Atari created Chuck E Cheese. I’d never heard that quote though! Hysterical!!

  • Mikewj

    I bought a bag of Cheez Doodles this afternoon and ate them until my lips bled. Delicious!

  • One bag did that? Wow, normally that only happens after I eat a dozen or so bags…

  • yummmmmmmmy

  • Brookeamanda

    I know it’s really bad for you, but I do want to try the Denny’s deep fried cheese sandwich! I heart my arteries:)

  • Just remember that you and your arteries were warned 🙂

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