Canadian Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread


Attention, cheese lovers! This may be the best cheese spread you've ever had! My friend's mother gave me this recipe over 15 years ago. I always make it around the holidays, or for football and hockey game nights. Everyone begs for this recipe. Turn this into a pub spread by adding a half cup of your favorite dark ale. Use brick cream cheese for a spread, or spreadable cream cheese for a dip. Serve with crispy crackers, toast, or bagels.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) container cold pack aged sharp Cheddar cheese (such as MacLaren's Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar Cheese product)

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 dash hot sauce, or to taste


  1. Place cream cheese and cold pack Cheddar cheese in a microwave-safe bowl; slice cheese into chunks with a knife. Microwave cheese in 30-second intervals on high just until softened, stirring between intervals.

  2. Stir red onion, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, paprika, and hot sauce into cheese mixture with a fork until evenly combined; spoon into an airtight container and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Remove cheese spread from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

In Canada, I use MacLaren's Imperial Sharp Cold Pack Cheddar Cheese. It is a very hard dry cheese, not a spread. In the US, it would be something like Black Creek(R) Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese (do not substitute with Cheez Whiz(R)).

Green onions can be substituted for red onions for a milder taste.

This can be formed into a cheese log or cheese ball for a nice presentation.

Once prepared, cheese spread can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
9g Fat
5g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 48mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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