The 5 Best String Cheeses Will Transport You Back to Elementary School

To bite it or to pull it apart: That is the question. Or do you bite and then peel, like I do? And are you team firm string cheese or team soft string cheese? I guess there are actually a lot of questions to ask when purchasing string cheese.

Luckily, the Sporked team, with the help of Mythical merch marvel Andjelina Belcastro, tasted a whole slew of string cheeses to find the best of the best in the dairy section. Regardless of what your tube-shaped dairy preferences are, we’re confident you’ll love the five string cheeses listed here.

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sprouts string cheese

Best of the Best

Sprouts Market Corner Low-Moisture Part-Skim String Cheese

Selfishly, I brought all of the Sprouts Market Corner string cheese home with me after the tasting because it was so good. I couldn’t stop snacking on it. When it comes to texture, it was the perfect balance of waxy and pliable. Even though it’s part-skim, the flavor is full fat. While these felt delightfully nostalgic, they also felt mature and organic. Nothing was wrong with these cheese sticks and that’s why I’m giving them a perfect 10/10. These are the Mary Lou Retton of the string cheese world.

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Rating:

10/10

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sargento string cheese

Best for Adults

Sargento String Cheese Snacks

We all agreed that Sargento String Cheese Snacks are the most adult version of string cheese. First of all, the packaging reads as very mature, with its dark colors and mildly baroque energy. The flavor also feels more adult because it’s a little tangy, like a nice aged cheese. You could even add these to a cheese board during your next wine night—I’m not kidding! If that doesn’t sell you, maybe this will: Andjelina, a self-proclaimed string cheese expert, liked this the most of the string cheeses we tried.

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Rating:

9/10

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frigo swirls string cheese

Best for Kids

Frigo Swirls Cheese Heads

Frigo Swirls Cheese Heads are just plain fun. They’re called “cheese heads” because the mascot is a little string cheese with wild, cheese strand hair. How cute is that? Even though these cheese sticks contain two types of cheese, the flavor is still really mild and inoffensive. My only complaint is that these are not a swirl as the name would imply; they’re more of a cheese duo spooning each other in plastic wrapping. Other tasters shared this concern. As Andjelina put it, “[These] could be more fun if you’re calling it a swirl.”

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Rating:

8.5/10

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galbani string cheese

Most Authentic

Galbani String Cheese

I gave Galbani String Cheese the title of “most authentic. And, yes, I recognize string cheese is not “authentic” to any particular place. That being said, this one feels Italian. The packaging gives off imported-from-Rome vibes, and it tastes like real mozzarella cheese. You could obviously devour these in their intended string form, but you could also chop them up and toss them into an antipasto salad or on a quick tortilla pizza. We love a versatile product!

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Rating:

8.5/10

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organic valley stringles

Best Organic

Organic Valley Mozzarella Stringles

Granola parents: This is the string cheese for you. Organic Valley’s Mozzarella Stringles are perfect for anyone who loves the classic taste of string cheese but wants to feel like they’re getting a healthier version. Is it actually healthier? Hard to say. But they are organic and that counts for something! They’re mild, toothsome, and creamy. They lost two sporks, however, because of the name. Everyone at the table cringed when I announced these were called “stringles” and I can’t disagree.

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Rating:

8/10

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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