Don't miss another issue…      Subscribe

American cheese

What is american cheese? About the ingredient american cheese. Including 132 recipes with american cheese, nutrition data, and where to find it.


American cheese is a processed cheese. It is orange, yellow, or white in color and mild in flavor, with a medium-firm consistency, and melts easily. American cheese was originally only white, but is usually now modified to orange.

It has been made from a blend of cheeses, most often Colby and Cheddar. Today’s American cheese is generally no longer made from a blend of all-natural cheeses, but instead is manufactured from a set of ingredients such as milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, and salt.

The taste and texture of different varieties of American Cheese vary considerably, and mostly depend on the percentage of cheese versus additives used during emulsification.

Varieties with lower percentages of additives tend to taste more like natural, unprocessed cheese. Depending on the food manufacturer, the color of the cheese (orange, yellow, or white) may indicate different ingredients or processes.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (224g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 535Calories from Fat 282
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 31.4g 48%
Saturated Fat 19.7g 98%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 3012mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 26.0g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 17.3
Protein 37.4g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 126% Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

American cheese is usually found in the cheeses section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

American cheese is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does american cheese weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 224
1 cubic inch 18
1 slice 21

In Chinese:美国奶酪
British (UK) term: American cheese
en français:fromage américain
en español:queso americano

Recipes using american cheese

There are 127 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham
Bbq Cheeseburgers
Best Vegetarian Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
Double Decker Hamburger
Easy Cheesy Potato Soup
Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Goey Crispy Grilled Cheeser Sandwiches
Kicked Up Breakfast Sandwich
Philly Cheese Steak Wraps
Tuna Salad Sandwich

All 127 recipes


See more about american cheese about 13 years ago
Usda nutrition data over 8 years ago

Created: Last updated:

List of all ingredients