Cheshire Cheese the oldest made cheese in the UK. It is thought that the Romans introduced cheese making to the local English Tribes.
Cheshire cheese is a dairy product made in Cheshire and is traditionally white and crumbly. From 1597 the Welsh introduced a vegetable colourant called Annatto, so that today there is a white or red Cheshire cheese to choose from.
It has been speculated a Cheshire dairy had a picture of a grinning cat on their label, and perhaps even their cheese was formed into the face of a smiling cat. The phrase, “to grin like a Cheshire cat,” meant someone was extremely pleased with themselves. Considering the number of mice on a cheese farm, the resident felines were probably smiling indeed!
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