And Ireland loves it. We buy a lot more red cheddar in Irish supermarkets than white. A spokesperson for Tesco Ireland told DailyEdge.ie:
According to sales in our 149 Tesco stores in Ireland, shoppers prefer red cheddar with over two times more red cheddar sold than white.
But here’s the thing: ‘red cheddar’ doesn’t really exist. In the sense that it’s exactly the same as white cheddar.
It just has food colouring in it.
Yes. Cheddar is naturally pale in colour, and red cheddar is just white cheddar which has been coloured red. Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers told DailyEdge.ie:
In the main in modern Irish cheddar, there’s no difference. The red is only a dye added.
So there’s no difference in taste at all? The dye doesn’t have a flavour or anything?
To recap: The two types of cheese in the supermarket are literally the same cheese in different colours.