If you’re a total cheese head, then get excited to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day on October 15. Culver’s, a popular Midwestern fast food chain, created this holiday in 2015 and if you don’t already know, cheese curds are bite-sized nuggets of fried cheddar cheese — now you can see why they have a whole day designated to them, right?! So on October 15, get in on the cheesy goodness and celebrate National Cheese Curd Day by buying or making — but most importantly, eating — cheese curds.
National Cheese Curd Day - History
Cheese curds gain in popularity
Because cheese curds grew in popularity, milk factories experienced surpluses in this century.
Wisconsin’s cheese factories grow
By this year, Wisconsin was home to more than 2,800 cheese factories.
Wisconsin got in on the cheese game
Wisconsin became the “it” place to make and produce cheese because of its rich farmland.
Cheese curds make it into a song
The Celtic song, “Visions of MacGonlannee,” mentioned cheese curds in its lyrics.
National Cheese Curd Day Activities
1. Say “cheese” and share your pics on social media
Sharing experiences (new or nostalgic) on social media is always fun, so celebrate National Cheese Curd Day by sharing your cheese curd experience online. If you’re new to eating cheese curds, take a video capturing your first bite. If cheese curds were a staple in your childhood, snap pics of your favorite cheese curd joint.
2. Go crazy—take a trip to Wisconsin
What better way to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day than taking a trip to the state that started it all? Since this holiday falls on a Monday this year, you can experience Wisconsin for the weekend, hit up Culver’s (or any place that serves cheese curds), and save some cheese curds for when you're back home— and so you can eat them on National Cheese Curd Day — taking this indulgent holiday to a whole new level.
3. Try making your own
Whether you can buy fresh cheese curds locally or not, National Cheese Curd Day is the perfect time to tackle a new recipe challenge. So on October 15, look for recipes online and try frying your own cheese curds at home.
4 Things About Cheese Curds That’ll Make You Want To Book A Flight To Wisconsin
1. Cheese curds squeak
Not only is squeaking a common characteristic of cheese curds—this happens because the elastic protein strands in the curds rub against your teeth’s enamel— but it’s also a sign of freshness.
2. It’s takes a lot of milk to make a little bit of cheese
Wisconsin cheese curds are so dang fresh and flavorful because they’re only filled with cheese from Wisconsin milk — and it takes 10 pounds of milk to produce one pound of cheese.
3. Don’t worry, the squeak can be restored
If you don’t finish your bag of cheese curds within two days (although let’s be honest, this would take serious self control), you can simply microwave them to get back them back to their squeaky state.
4. Their insides can vary in color
Because cheese curds are typically made with cheddar cheese, they can sometimes be white inside, or sometimes yellow.
Why We Love National Cheese Curd Day
A. If you’ve never had one, this is your excuse to (finally) try one…or several
While cheese curds may be a staple for many people, you may have never had one, and that’s okay. But thanks to National Cheese Curd Day, you now have a reason to try them, so on October 15, make it a priority to get your hands on some.
B. Use it as an opportunity to try a new dish
Trying to cook a new dish is a fun challenge (especially when fried cheese is the end result), so if there isn’t a joint frying up cheese curds near you, try whipping up your own on October 15. After all, there’s not a better time to try a cheese curd recipe than on National Cheese Curd Day.
C. It’s a reason to eat cheese (as if we needed another one)
If you’re a cheese lover, then National Cheese Curd Day is the holiday for you. But unlike other days where you may just indulge in a meat and cheese platter or cheese and crackers, October 15 is your chance to indulge in gooey cheese curds.