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Appealing String Cheese

My mother was a big fan of packing string cheese in our lunches and as snack for car trips. We three kids were big fans of playing with the string cheese and then eating it. It was a win-win for all parties. We ate a serving of cheese and got to play with our food. It’s no wonder that 25 years later, I serve string cheese to my toddler who plays with and then eats, just like I did.

Sticking to the Facts

What exactly is string cheese? Mozzarella cheese forms strings from being repeatedly stretched and pulled during processing. These strings are individually packaged and ready to enjoy. Other cheeses (Colby, Cheddar, etc) don’t actually make strings, so in this form they’re called cheese sticks or stick cheese.

The Appeal


String cheese may not be the big cheese or the king of cheeses, but as nearly any kid and lots of adults will tell you, it’s earned a place in their hearts…and their lunches. What’s so appealing about string cheese and cheese sticks?

  • They’re easy to pack and grab on the go (no cutting or slicing needed – hurrah!)
  • As individually wrapped 1-ounce sticks, it’s built-in portion control (1 stick = 1 serving of cheese)
  • They deliver calcium and protein
  • They’re fun to eat and make it totally acceptable to play with your food
  • “Light” versions are available that contain fewer calories and fat

Insider’s Tips Fromage to You


365 Everyday Value® cheeses are priced right, especially for organic varieties! From mozzarella, Colby and light mozzarella to Colby-Jack and mild cheddar, we offer a great variety of string cheese and cheese sticks. Plus, our 365 Everyday Value® string cheese and all organic string cheese we sell are made with milk from cows not treated with synthetic hormones (rBGH/rBST). Some are available to buy in singles, packs of 6 or by the case. Extra bonus, when you buy a case, you get a case discount!


Are you and your family fans of string cheese and cheese sticks? Let me know why in the comments below.