John Wm Macy’s CheeseSticks: Straws You’ll Want To Grab At
CAPSULE REPORT: We love cheese straws. The only thing better than having your own homemade cheese straws—warm from the oven—is buying them from a fine producer like John Wm Macy’s.
No one knows the exact origin of cheese straws, but they are believed to have originated in the South. As the [probably accurate] legend goes, a frugal cook mixed leftover biscuit dough with some cheese. He or she formed it into long narrow strips that were baked along with the biscuits, and created a popular new snack.
The snack evolved into a cocktail nibble; and now cheese straws and wine are as perfect a combination as peanut butter and jelly.
The most basic cheese straw recipe is a simple cheese dough made from flour, grated cheese, salt and cayenne and/or Worcestershire sauce for seasoning. The dough is cut with a pastry wheel into long, narrow strips (“straws”).
But John Wm Macy’s goes beyond the basics. One of THE NIBBLE’s Top Picks back in 2005, the company has vastly expanded its repertoire. There are twice as many flavors, a cracker-like version for dips and canapés and better-for-you whole wheat CheeseSticks. And the dough is sourdough.
And the CheeseSticks now have a sweet sister: SweetSticks in chocolate or cinnamon, a welcome ice cream complement and cookie substitute.
Read the rest of the review to learn about the 12 savory and two sweet varieties of CheeseSticks. Start with the article index below.