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MRS MOP; One of the Christmas highlights at Mop Towers is the never-ending cheeseboard. Each year, we try to outdo the last effort, nibbling on tasty cheesy treats throughout the festive season. And, of course, one of the staples is a potent, mature cheddar - the stronger the better. We forced ourselves to road test three supermarket varieties to see what should be on your crackers this year.

Cornish Cruncher, 300g

Matured for three years, while most supermarket cheddars are up to around 18 months, this really does taste different. It has a real tang and crispy calcium lactate crystals that add a weirdly brilliant texture. I'm amazed it has been beaten to top spot but my advice is to serve this and Wyke Farm.

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Price: PS3

Available: M &S

Mclellands Seriously Strong Cheddar White, 350g,

This definitely has more of a supermarket feel and taste, while the top-rated efforts could pass for posh artisan cheeses.

Fine for everyday use but it just doesn't have the flavour for your festive cheeseboard.

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Price: PS4.93, BOGOF until Dec 10

Available: Tesco

TOP OF THE MOPS

Wyke Farm Cheddar Vintage (Asda), 300g

Wow. Simply stunning and on Asda's current two-for-PS5 offer, just unbeatable value too. The taste is a little less full-on than the M&S favourite, so will appeal to a wider range of party guests and even kids. However, it still has the essential deep, rich tang of a properly matured cheddar and a lovely smooth, creamy texture. Superb.

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Price: PS3.50 or two for PS5

Available: Asda

FANCY THAT!

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PS10 from www.moltonbrown.co.uk

Mother's little helper

Make your own flat-pack property with this easy to use Fairytale Cottage mould from Lakeland, PS12.99. Simply fill with melted chocolate, chill and use the included piping bag to stick your house together. Plus, spend over PS30 online and get a PS5 gift voucher for the new year. Magical.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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