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Colby Jack Vs. Colby: What's The Difference?
Cheese is beloved by many, but choosing a favorite can get complicated with so many varieties that are similar to each other. Colby and Colby-jack are two such varieties that often get mistaken as the same due to their names; while they’re both rindless cheeses made from cow's milk in Wisconsin, they differ in some ways.
The purer of the two, Colby cheese is a solid yellow or orange and is essentially a milder, sweeter version of cheddar. Colby-jack, however, is the love child of Colby and Monterey Jack; the two kinds of cheese are combined before pressing, which creates a yellow-and-white marbling effect, a semi-soft texture, and a light, creamy flavor.
According to The Spruce Eats, Colby is a great choice for anything that requires cheese melting, including grilled cheese sandwiches, mac and cheese, and burgers. Colby-jack has similar strong melting capabilities, although WikiCheese notes that it also pairs well with cold sandwiches, salads, casseroles, and soups.