Grandma Singleton’s Creamy Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese

Grandma Singleton's Creamy Cranberry Cheese - Wensleydale with Cranberry

Grandma Singleton's Creamy Cranberry Cheese - Wensleydale with Cranberry

Grandma Singleton’s Creamy (Wensleydale) Cranberry Cheese is imported into Canada by Agropur. Grandma Singleton’s Cheese comes from Mill Farm, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire, England.

I will admit that I was attracted to this cheese by the packaging. The cheese is wrapped in a plastic that looks like burlap fabric. It looks like it came straight from the farm. There is a picture of motherly Grandma Singleton on the label and she is surrounded by cranberries and leaves.

What I did find strange was that the word Wensleydale does not appear on the front of the package … anywhere. You have to pick up the cheese and turn it over to learn that it is a Wensleydale style cheese.

Grandma Singleton's Wensleydale with Cranberry Label

I can only assume that Singleton’s did some marketing experiment and found the phrase Creamy Cranberry Cheese to outsell the phrase Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese and therefore the label was changed accordingly. Even more ironic is that Wensleydale is far from creamy.

The Singleton’s Cheese Company  began when Duillia Singleton began making cheese on their family farm back in 1934. Currently Singleton’s offers 30 different cheese products exported to 30 different countries under the guidance of Grandma Singleton’s great grand-daughter, Tilly Carefoot. All of the cow’s milk to make Singleton’s cheese comes from within a 12 mile radius of their dairy. They make and mature the cheese on-site.

Grandma Singleton's Creamy Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberry

Grandma Singleton's Creamy Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberry

What does Grandma Singleton’s Creamy (Wensleydale) Cheese with Cranberry taste like? Singleton’s has classified this cheese as a dessert cheese. It is creamy white with small cranberries generously scattered throughout. The cheese is mild, milky, salty and balances well with the sweetness of the cranberries. I found the cheese to be dryish and crumbly but complemented well by the soft moist texture of the cranberries. This is not a cheese for spreading. It is a stand alone and really requires no pairing since that part has already been done for you by inclusion of the cranberry. Did I like this cheese? – Yes. It is visually attractive. It is a different style as opposed to cheddar, gouda or blue cheese. It works on a cheeseboard … especially a dessert cheese board.

Due to the crumbly nature of the cheese it makes a good salad topping. I crumbled some on a spinach salad with pomegranate and blueberries. It turned out marvelous.

Grandma Singleton's Wensleydale with Cranberry Cheese on Spinach Salad

Grandma Singleton's Wensleydale with Cranberry Cheese on Spinach Salad

I wish the front label said Wensleydale, but apart from that, everything else about this cheese works.

15 comments on “Grandma Singleton’s Creamy Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese

  1. inquebiss says:

    It looks good. I’m not familiar with Wensleydale cheese, is this similar to a white stilton with cranberries?

  2. knotrune says:

    Mmmmm, love Wensleydale with cranberries 🙂 Never thought of crumbling it on a salad, will have to remember that one.

  3. elizabeth says:

    We love the Wensleydale cheese with cranberries? Where can I find it in Mississauga, Ontario?

    • Ontdrew says:

      I found it at Costco, 3180 Laird Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 6A5 (905) 828-3340.
      I’m not sure if it was a promotion or something that they carry regularly.

      • elizabeth says:

        Thanks Drew. I bought mine at the Heartland Costco. It was a Christmas item so now they don’t carry it anymore. I’ll run down to Laird to see if they still have some left. Meanwhile, I’m still looking for a store that carries it regularly.

  4. Lee says:

    The naming thing back home has gone a bit crazy lately and the lack of mention of Wensleydale might be due to that. If its not made in Wensleydale, its not Wensleydale type of thing… the same thing is happening in the Pasty world (its not a Cornish Pasty unless its made in Cornwall!).

    In the below quote from wikipedia it seems that they are only protecting “Yorkshire Wensleydale” not just “Wensleydale”. Clearly your cheese is Lancashire Wensleydale 🙂

    “Protected status
    Wensleydale Dairy Products is seeking to protect the name Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese under a submission for Protected designation of origin.

    Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) aims to promote and protect food products in the European Union, and is used to describe foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how. This will mean that any manufacturers outside Wensleydale will be unable to call a cheese Yorkshire Wensleydale.

    The application process involves the first stage submission and approval by DEFRA after which the application is submitted to the European Union.”

  5. Nan says:

    Just bought this at costco in So Calif soo delish !!!

  6. Patricia Long says:

    Best cheese I’ve had in years, I too am looking what other
    store might be carrying it.

  7. Patricia Long says:

    Okay, hopefully someone can help me.

  8. Vi says:

    Best to slice when room temp or cold? It is quite crumbly, but very good. Costa sold it in Franklin, Tn

  9. Carol Lazenby says:

    Bought a package at Aldi in Orlando, FL. So good! But they don’t always stock it. Wish I could find it near Orlando on a regular basis…..

  10. Jim says:

    Your assessment is quite accurate. I bought it because I like the cheese and cranberry blend; however, I was extremely disappointed to find a dry, crumbly cheese inside a package labelled “Creamy.” I think the manufacturer has lied on the label, and probably done so intentionally. Not impressed!

  11. Rose says:

    Very crumbly and dry. Never bought it before! Not sure I like it but I bought for Christmas and never used it! So I broke it into pieces and frooze it and will use as needed.

  12. I would like to know why no one has mentioned the Fig and Honey Wendsleydale product? Best cheese I ever had.

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