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Triple crème cheese is buttery soft and earthy when aged

Tulip Tree Creamery’s Trillium triple creme cheese
Tulip Tree Creamery’s Trillium triple creme cheese

October is American Cheese Month. The American Cheese Society says, “American Cheese Month is a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers and chefs who bring them to your table.”

So I thought I would bring a different cheese to Chow Town readers every day in October. Stay tuned to see what delicious cheeses North America has to offer! There are sure to be some classic favorites and new must-haves that will suit everyone’s tastes.


Producer: Tulip Tree Creamery

Place: Indianapolis, Ind.

Milk: Cow

Type: Soft-ripened

Trillium is what is known as a triple crème. That means that it has 75 percent or more fat in the dry matter of the cheese. This is significant when one realizes that a regular, full fat cheese only has 45 to 50 percent fat in its dry matter.

The cheesemakers at Tulip Tree Creamery do this by enriching full fat milk with extra cream. Trillium has all of the hallmarks of a good triple crème cheese. It is buttery with a little lactic tang when young. As it ages, earthy flavors of mushroom begin to mingle into the cheese as the bloomy rind begins to turn the inside into a sultry thick pudding-like consistency.

Tulip Tree is not farmstead production but an urban creamery that buys its milk from a local dairy farmer. This allows Tulip Tree to concentrate on making the cheese and not the daily activities of the farm. If you like Brie you are probably going to like Trillium.

The rich, creamy flavors of Trillium lend themselves to any number of pour overs and condiments, sweet or savory.

Lincoln Broadbooks loves cheese. He is one of the first cheesemongers in the United States and Canada to become an American Cheese Society certified cheese professional. He is the manager and buyer for The Better Cheddar in Prairie Village. You can find him on Twitter @LincolnBbooks and on Instagram @lincycheese.