Fromage Facile?

A few months ago, my dad sent me some Easy Cheese in a care package (along with Peanut Butter M&Ms and Paydays, among other American goodies). David was happy to try everything in the box… except for that suspicious spray can full of “cheese.” Cheddar cheese is not as prevalent in France as it is in the US, and although David likes cheddar cheese, there was no way he was going to eat a processed cheese product that one sprays on crackers.

But he couldn’t resist. My French amour loves to try new things, regardless of how awful they look. Surprisingly, he actually likes Easy Cheese. Mr. I don’t know if I can live abroad because I wouldn’t be able eat all 350 kinds of French cheese likes to eat Easy Cheese. An American-made cheese.

Dad has since sent me two more bottles of Easy Cheese. They are nearly gone. Every time we have people over to the apartment, David whips out the Easy Cheese and entices them to try it. The majority of them say non as soon as they see the can. How can cheese that comes in a can possibly be good? But David persists, trying to make his friends experience new things. His friends sit in horror as he eats that orange gel on a Ritz. I laugh to myself thinking of David’s good-natured determination compared to his friends’ rejection of all things unFrench, which are therefore undesirable and unhealthy.

Just wait for Cheez Wiz, ma France. I will force you to like cheddar cheese one of these days!

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  • Gem

    The first Christmas Jube spent in the US, my brothers gave him Easy Cheese: American flavor as a joke. He took it back home with him and tried it out, getting his family to eat it too. When I came to visit, they brought it out with the cheese course and my brother in law (le Pacha) sprayed it on his plate and then put it on his bread like he would have cut off a piece of camembert! His mother told me, “It is very salty, but I think it would be good as an apero on crackers.” It cracked me up because that’s exactly how we eat it in the US!I have to admit that I, personally, detest Easy Cheese. But all the French people who tried it seemed to enjoy it, which shocked me at first!

  • Gem

    The first Christmas Jube spent in the US, my brothers gave him Easy Cheese: American flavor as a joke. He took it back home with him and tried it out, getting his family to eat it too. When I came to visit, they brought it out with the cheese course and my brother in law (le Pacha) sprayed it on his plate and then put it on his bread like he would have cut off a piece of camembert! His mother told me, “It is very salty, but I think it would be good as an apero on crackers.” It cracked me up because that’s exactly how we eat it in the US!

    I have to admit that I, personally, detest Easy Cheese. But all the French people who tried it seemed to enjoy it, which shocked me at first!

  • Leah

    To be honest, I’ve actually never tried it myself because it’s always freaked me out. I feel so un-American! I get a little cheesed out sometimes(l’horreur) and find things like Cheez Wiz to be overwhelming, but I’ll have to try Easy Cheese one of these days. Yay for your Frenchie being open to American food, I mean, you really never know unless you try it. I mean, think of all the stinky cheese that freaks Americans out, yet can taste really good if you just give it a try! Have you introduced him to Mac&cheese yet? Powdered cheese could def be something new for a Frenchie. Also, jello. I introduced my French friends here to jello and when I say introduced, I mean, FORCED them to try it because they were like whaaaaat is this?PS-I liked your comment about mushrooms being the spawn of the devil. Hehe.

  • Leah

    To be honest, I’ve actually never tried it myself because it’s always freaked me out. I feel so un-American! I get a little cheesed out sometimes(l’horreur) and find things like Cheez Wiz to be overwhelming, but I’ll have to try Easy Cheese one of these days.

    Yay for your Frenchie being open to American food, I mean, you really never know unless you try it. I mean, think of all the stinky cheese that freaks Americans out, yet can taste really good if you just give it a try! Have you introduced him to Mac&cheese yet? Powdered cheese could def be something new for a Frenchie. Also, jello. I introduced my French friends here to jello and when I say introduced, I mean, FORCED them to try it because they were like whaaaaat is this?

    PS-I liked your comment about mushrooms being the spawn of the devil. Hehe.

  • Jennie

    haha that cracks me up about spreading easy cheese on bread like you would with camembert!I honestly don’t like Cheez Wiz either, but Easy Cheese is ok. David loves macaroni & cheese too. My parents send 10 boxes at a time because they know how much we eat it. Haven’t tried jello yet, mostly because I don’t like it, but I’m sure he’ll have the chance to experience it at Christmas this year.

  • Jennie

    haha that cracks me up about spreading easy cheese on bread like you would with camembert!

    I honestly don’t like Cheez Wiz either, but Easy Cheese is ok.

    David loves macaroni & cheese too. My parents send 10 boxes at a time because they know how much we eat it. Haven’t tried jello yet, mostly because I don’t like it, but I’m sure he’ll have the chance to experience it at Christmas this year.

  • Sasha

    Noooooo.. Noooo…..

    That is so gross! But I guess I would give kudos to trying things definitely.

    My boyfriend is French (back in France.. I’ll be there next year), and I remember when we saw the packaging here in the United States he stared at me, aghast, and exclaimed, “NEVER!”

    We are on a huge rampage against corn syrup.. and sure enough one of the main ingredients is corn syrup in Eazy Cheez…

    But everyone has a vice.. and sometimes it’s the can o cheese!

  • Sasha

    Noooooo.. Noooo…..

    That is so gross! But I guess I would give kudos to trying things definitely.

    My boyfriend is French (back in France.. I’ll be there next year), and I remember when we saw the packaging here in the United States he stared at me, aghast, and exclaimed, “NEVER!”

    We are on a huge rampage against corn syrup.. and sure enough one of the main ingredients is corn syrup in Eazy Cheez…

    But everyone has a vice.. and sometimes it’s the can o cheese!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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