Kraft Singles, Not Cool-Whip, On Pie

Categories: Sweets

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It's not unusual for me to get distracted by food and drink in movies. While viewing The King's Speech, for example, I kept wondering what flavor tea everyone was drinking and whether the Duke of York (Collin Firth) preferred milk or cream. And when I saw Jurassic Park, I started craving cake after watching those kids binge on the dessert buffet at the island's abandoned museum.

I recently re-watched Taxi Driver and completely lost my focus during a particular diner scene with Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) and Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). They order pie (blueberry, if I recall correctly) and both slices arrive garnished with slices of melted cheese.

I paused and rewound to make sure it wasn't just whipped cream or ice cream. Nope: a melted cheese slice. Possibly a Kraft single. De Niro and Shepherd continued their fraught flirtation, but I couldn't stop thinking about how they were shoveling blueberries and cheddar into their mouth at the same time.

Apparently, however, this consumption practice is not confined to Scorsese's fictional film world. After I mentioned this weird savory cheese-on-sweet-pie phenomenon to my father, he informed me, rather indignantly, that growing up in Boston everyone put cheese on fruit pies and no one thought it was gross.

Yikes. Am I so completely out of the loop that I am unaware of the universal appeal of this pairing? I tend to think not, because the only processed dairy option I'm offered when I order a slice of apple or pumpkin is Cool-Whip.

Do you eat cheese on sweet pie?

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julianbajsel
julianbajsel

Never seen the Men In Black films?  TLJ's thing is putting a slice of cheddar on his apple pie.

Sarah
Sarah

My grandmother always used to say that a pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. I'm not a big cheese-on-pie fan, myself, but you can't argue with a saying like that.

David
David

Agree about cheddar cheese on apple pie. It's done in Boston area. And maybe elsewhere. But I prefer on apple pie: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream; or both. Admit I have never given cheddar cheese a try. Will do so if Packers beat Steelers in Superbowl.

Ed T.
Ed T.

I have eaten cheese (normally cheddar, but also American/Velveeta) on apple pie before.

Xyz
Xyz

I'm from New England. Cheese and apple pie is it. But good cheddar, not Kraft. Blech.

Marie
Marie

Hmm, let's Texafy this...pecan pie + queso...anyone? Nah, me neither.

Brian
Brian

This is hilarious. I was just telling my mom yesterday I can't see how anyone can stand a slice of cheddar on top of apple pie. My mind just can't comprehend that flavor combination. She, apparently, loves it though, even though she's not from "up north."

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

As long as I am still allowed to have my strawberry ice cream on rhubarb pie, it's all good.

Pekon Pi
Pekon Pi

It's sort of a Brit-ish/New England sort of thing. Thought it whack, but tried it, makes an excellent contrast to apple. Cheddar rather than a plastic flap of cheesous product.

Daniel Glover
Daniel Glover

Oh man! Thank you! I have been telling my wife for years that cheese on apple pie is a common thing up in the New England area. I love it, but only on apple pie. My grandfather is from Millbury, Mass and that's how he taught me.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I've never tried it, but my Grandfather from Chicago used to say "apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze". I've always preferred ice cream on apple pie, but I may have to give this a shot.

Matthew
Matthew

i'm not a big fan, but cheddar on apple pie is a fairly well known addition.

TQro
TQro

Might give it a try if it's queso fresco.

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