Swiss or cheddar? What’s the difference?

Do you love cheese? If so, you’re probably wondering what the difference is between Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese.

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Both are delicious, but they have some key differences.

In this blog post, we will explore the differences between these two types of cheese and help you decide which one is right for you!

Are they the same?

No, Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese are not the same. They have different textures and flavors.

Let’s start with cheddar cheese. Cheddar is a type of hard cheese that is typically orange in color (dyed by annatto — otherwise white cheddar) and has a sharp, tangy taste. It is made from cow’s milk and has a relatively high-fat content. Read how it’s made.

Swiss cheese, on the other hand, is commonly referred to as Emmental cheese in the United States. It is a type of semi-hard cheese that is typically light in color and has a nutty, creamy taste. It is made from cow’s milk and has a slightly lower fat content than cheddar cheese.

Also, Swiss cheese has “eyes” or small holes throughout it, while cheddar cheese does not. The reason for that is due to the different bacteria strains involved, watch how Emmental is made.

For the aging, Swiss cheese is typically aged for about 4-8 months, while cheddar cheese is between 2 to 18 months. So, Swiss cheese is a bit younger than cheddar cheese.

What about nutrition?

When it comes to nutrition, Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese have similar amounts of calories and fat. However, Swiss cheese has similar protein and less cholesterol than cheddar cheese. Also, Swiss cheese has less sodium. Learn more about cheddar: healthy or unhealthy.


Cheddar cheese is a hard, crumbly cheese. Swiss cheese is a softer, more creamy cheese. Due to lower moisture and other factors, the cheddar melts slower and doesn’t get as gooey as Swiss cheese does.

Read: Why Cheddar Doesn’t Melt Well?

Which is better?

It really depends on what you’re looking for in a cheese. Both Swiss and cheddar cheeses are delicious and have their own unique flavors and textures.

They are both healthy to eat, but be aware of the high saturated fat content and cholesterol.

Some people may prefer Swiss cheese because it has a slightly sweet flavor and a smooth, creamy texture. Cheddar cheese is a little saltier and has a crumblier texture.

Swiss cheese is smoother in texture, but not as stingy-elastic as provolone — read provolone vs cheddar.

However, other people may prefer cheddar cheese because it has a more intense flavor and is a bit more affordable than Swiss cheese.

Read Cheddar vs. Gruyère — gruyere is quite expansive.

Can You Substitute Swiss for Cheddar?

Yes, you can substitute Swiss cheese for cheddar cheese in most recipes. Similar to using gruyere, the flavor and texture of the dish may not be as strong as if you used cheddar.

Also, Swiss cheese is a bit more expensive than cheddar, so using an entire block of Swiss cheese in a recipe may not be feasible. Try substituting half the cheddar cheese with Swiss cheese to get the best of both worlds!

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