Most Popular Types of Soft Cheeses

Here are some of the most popular types of soft cheese that you don’t want to miss. Soft cheese is not aged very long and thus have a softer texture and milder taste.  Don’t get the wrong idea though. That doesn’t mean they lack flavors. They’re just milder in comparison to aged, hard cheese. Paired with the right wine, fruit, or nut they are excellent snacks and appetizers. Don’t worry; they’re also great in salads, soups, and other dishes as well.

a plate of the different types of soft cheeses and hard cheeses

Brie

Brie is the most well known soft cheeses. It is also the most famous French cheese. The name comes from the French region of Brie, where it was initially created.

Brie is made from cow’s milk and has a runny and buttery texture. The flavor can vary based on what’s added to the cheese while making it. Serve it at room temperature for a great dessert cheese.

Boursin

Boursin is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. It possesses and creamy and crumbly texture, but it is also spreadable. Boursin cheese is actually great for spreads on toasts and crackers because it comes in many varieties that are infused with different herbs and spices. It’s almost like a cheese dip; which is why you can dip with fresh vegetables and fruits.

While Boursin is spreadable, it is still firm enough to add to salads and pasta. However you choose to enjoy it, the full and buttery flavor will surely satisfy your taste buds. This cheese pairs well with either dry wine or fruity red wine.

Coeur de Chevre

Couer de Chevre is a soft French cheese that made from unpasteurized goat’s milk. It has a smooth and creamy texture. It packs a salty and spicy flavor. You can find it molded into the shape of a heart; the name basically translates to “heart of goat.” Most are molded into the signature heart shape by hand.

You can cair light and fruity red-wine or sparkling white wine with Coeur de Chevre.

Camembert

Camembert is another famous soft French cheese. Unpasteurized cows milk is used to make this great cheese. The butter, creamy, and milky sweet flavors are sure to please even the pickiest eater.  The texture is soft, but what makes it stand out is the runny insides. At room temperature, cut into a slice, and the interior will be runny and delicious—almost like It was melted.

Pair this unforgettable cheese with light red wine. Or you can try it with cider (what Camembert is traditionally paired with).

Neufchatel

the neufchatel cheese, known for it's heart shape

Neufchatel is another heart-shaped cheese that is made from pasteurized cow milk.  It comes in other shapes and sizes too, but the heart is most popular. This is one of France’s oldest cheese. The texture is slightly firm and grainy, but it’s soft enough to be spread onto toast and crackers.  Pair the creamy and nutty flavors with whatever you fancy.

Livard

Livard is a very creamy and smooth textured soft cheese. At room temperature, this golden paste is almost runny.  It possesses a pungent aroma that is sure to get your attention. It is full-flavored with a hint of nutty spices and just splash of citrusy lemon. It is a favorite among many and for good reasons; it’s darn good with toasts, fruits, salads, and soups. Pair Livard with a full-bodied red wine.

These are just a few of the many many different types of soft cheeses available for you. I selected these because they are popular with many people—as well as myself. They’re choices that are worth trying first. That doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best you will ever taste. Finding your personal best is part of the joy of trying out different cheeses. Start off with these and try something else (like hard cheeses, or other gourmet food items); find what you will elect as the best you’ve ever had.