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Provel Cheese: Let's Decide. Yummy or Yucky?

This week's conversation starter was inspired by one of our Readers' Choice categories.

I spend a lot of time all over the St. Louis area. I love Old Town St. Charles, I go to the zoo, the garden, Washington Avenue. I'll stand behind no one in my zeal for the St. Louis Cardinals. But still, I get accused of being a St. Louis hater for one reason.

I can't abide Provel cheese.

Sorry. I'm just not a fan. And for that reason, I'm not qualified to nominate any pizza restaurants in our  campaign, under way right now. One of the  and I don't have any favorites (but you can nominate a place by clicking on that link).

This Readers' Choice campaign got me wondering what we see in Provel cheese. Or, hearing from others who love St. Louis, but not so much the Provel — a unique concoction to the Gateway City, according to Wikipedia's write-up:

"Provel is a white processed cheese that is popular in St. LouisMissouri. Provel is produced with CheddarSwiss, and provolone. Provel has a low melting point and, thus, has a gooey and almost buttery texture at room temperature."

So tell us in the comments. Are you a fan of Provel? If so, why? If not, why not? Are there St. Louis-area natives who are not fans? Are there transplants who are?

Lauren Greenwood July 02, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Order your Imo's pizza with mozzerella. That's the only way I can get my husband to eat there, he hates provell too ;-) but once he discovered you can have mozerella, he loves it!
Douglas Riggs July 02, 2012 at 09:39 PM
One ounce of Provel cheese has 460 mg. of sodium in it, compared with my personal favorite all purpose cheese Colby Jack, which only has 180 mg of sodium per ounce. Add to that the fact that Provel Cheese tastes like cardboard. Why bother with it?
Lisa G. July 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Provel is the best! We buy the large blocks of it from Sappington Farmer's Market http://www.sappingtonfarmersmkt.com/, shred it, freeze it, and use a bag at a time. Makes the best pizzas and we love it on our salads, or to just eat plain. Yum!
grobstl May 13, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Provel is a real 3 cheese blend consisting of smoked provolone, swiss and white cheddar. Last time I checked those were real cheese.
William Braudis May 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I am an American and I will not eat that illegal immirgrant Proval Cheese.... it is American Cheese or nothing. OH, oh, say can you see by the dawns early light ..... Oh, sorry can not help it. Yes, Yellow, AMERICAN Cheese. ⚐⚐ USA, USA, USA, ETC.

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