Before visiting with Richard Wold at AMPI, we stopped by the company store and picked up some butter, pudding and a pound of the jalapeño monterey jack. As it turns out, Wold was quite proud of his spicy jacks; his habañero jack won second prize at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest, and he was even more proud of his jalapeño jack.
Unlike a number of jalapeño — and even habañero — jacks that we’ve had, the AMPI version packs real heat. The flavor is well balanced, however, standing out from the mild, moist, creamy cheese without completely overwhelming it. Pleasant on its own, it’s delicious on a cracker.