This type of cheese was first produced in Colby, Wisconsin in 1885. Colby cheese has a mild flavor and is similar to a mild Cheddar, but is has a firm, open texture with tiny holes that is somewhat more elastic than Cheddar.
“Very little has changed in the 80-plus years that my family has been making cheese here,” says, Joe Widmer, the current owner of Widmer’s about the plant where his cheese is made. In fact, today Widmer’s cheese is widely hailed for its authenticity, handcrafted quality and consistency. Presently, the company makes a wide range of cheeses. It’s best known for its traditional stirred-curd Wisconsin Colby, award-winning aged Cheddar and, of course, classic Wisconsin Aged Brick.