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Published December 10, 2009, 10:55 AM

Pricey 15-year-old Wis. cheddar flies off shelves

MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — A 15-year-old Wisconsin cheddar that's possibly the most mature such cheese for sale continues to fly off the shelves, even at $50 per pound.

The cheddar is produced by Hook's Cheese Co. in Mineral Point. Owner Tony Hook says he started with 1,200 pounds of Hook's 15-year Sharp Cheddar but it could be gone by the weekend.

He says early media coverage spurred local interest, but he knew a national Associated Press story last Saturday would generate nationwide interest. Indeed, he says orders poured in from across the U.S., Canada and Asia, as well as from U.S. troops overseas.

Shredded cheddar in grocery stores is generally one to two months old. As cheddar ages it becomes acidic or bitter, but Hook says he nurtured his batch carefully enough that it's still smooth and flavorful.

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Hook's Cheese Co.: http://www.hookscheese.com/

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