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I grew up on pimento cheese. It is cheap and makes great sandwiches. I came across a brand that I had never tried before so I decided to give it a go. Wow! This was the best store-bought pimento cheese I have ever had. This is a review of Palmetto Cheese, made right here in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Palmetto Cheese
The South’s Best Pimento Cheese

What is pimento cheese?

Some of you may be wondering what exactly is pimento cheese. Pimento cheese is a blend of cheese, usually a sharp cheddar combined with mayonnaise and pimento peppers.

Of Course, the type of mayonnaise used contributes to the different tastes achieved. Depending on the area it could be Duke’s mayonnaise, which most Southerners use, or Hellman’s mayonnaise.

Palmetto Cheese
Creamy, Cheesy, Palmetto cheese

What sets most pimento cheese recipes apart is the spices that are used in them. Everyone has their secret spice they like to add to them. 

As stated above, this can vary from area to area of the south, but at the core, the ingredients listed above are the basics.

So why is this considered a Southern food then?

The history of pimento cheese is slightly cloudy. The research I have done has pointed it to originating from up North.

So why is this considered a Southern food then? First, pimento peppers were rare and expensive because they were imported.

The South’s weather was the perfect environment to grow them so once they started growing them here in the South the pimento cheese spread was adopted as a Southern favorite. 

Why Palmetto Cheese instead of pimento cheese?

So, some of you may be wondering why this product is called Palmetto Cheese vs pimento cheese. Palmetto Cheese gets its name ironically, from the nickname of the state of South Carolina, The Palmetto State. Palmetto Cheese is made in Pawley’s Island, SC.

It can be used in many ways

All things considered, pimento cheese might be one of the Southerner’s favorite snack foods. It can be used in many ways. For instance, some people make sandwiches from it.

You can top a burger with it or make a grilled cheese with it. You can use Pimento cheese as a dip for crackers as well.

In addition, another way you can use it is to mix it into other recipes, such as this sausage balls recipe or even grits!

If you are not from the South, you may not know about grits or what they are. We can show you How To Cook Grits the way we do and I think you will love them.

Pimento Cheese on Saltine Cracker
Pimento Cheese Spread on Saltine Cracker

Palmetto Cheese has gained a following

Palmetto cheese is so good that it has gained a following of its own. It is now showing up in all sorts of recipes from the South up north. According to their website, “it is sold in over 10,000 locations across the United States now.”

Furthermore, If your grocery store does not have it you can ask them to get it or have Pawleys Island Specialty Foods ship it to you. Finally, make sure you watch the video below to see my taste test with the kids and me.

Pawleys Island Specialty Foods
PO Box 1481
Pawleys Island, SC 29585


What is Pimento Cheese?

Pimento Cheese is a spread that is made with cheese (usually sharp cheddar), mayonnaise, and pimento peppers. Equally important, some variations will add cream cheese, and spices, and substitute the pimento for red bell peppers or even jalapenos.

What is Palmetto Cheese?

Palmetto cheese is simply a brand of pimento cheese that is made in South Carolina, which is often nicknamed the Palmetto State because of all of the Palmetto Trees along the coastline.

Where is Palmetto Cheese made?

Palmetto Cheese is made in South Carolina.

Can I Find Palmetto Cheese in stores in the United States?

Yes, here is a list of stores where you can buy it from. Palmetto Cheese also ships.

What varieties does Palmetto Cheese Have?

  • Original
  • Jalapenos
  • Bacon
  • Pepper Jack Cheese

Does Palmetto Cheese sell other dips or spreads?

Yes, they sell buffalo chicken dip, chicken salad, Jalapeno popper dip, and Onion Made Goodness dip.

Can I Use Palmetto Cheese as an ingredient in other recipes?

Yes, you can use it in grits, to make sausage balls amount other recipes.

Thanks for stopping by Southern Food Junkie. It is our hope that you enjoy this recipe sharing it with friends, family, and coworkers. Make sure to take time to give thanks to the creator, God, by which all blessings flow.
John 6:35

-Ronnie | Let’s Get Food Junked

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