"If I was going to do this .. I'd find a better cheese than those packaged cheese slices. yuck. ruining a perfectly good donut," the commenters said. "Why the fake cheese always gotta be used? Y'all too lazy to stop at the deli? Lol," they said. "American cheese? I could maybe get it on board if the recipe called for real cheese.... #gross," THEY SAID. The Thrillist editors were shocked and appalled and agreed a little bit, actually.
It was only a few short years ago, after all, when Fat Kid Fridays reigned supreme, Epic Meal Time was still funny, and This Is Why You're Fat was important enough to become a book. And though many chefs (and Thrillist editors obsessed with burgers) speak in hushed tones of American cheese's essentialness when it comes to topping burgers, there's undoubtedly been a shift in public perception. So when did we all become such snobs? When did this happen?? Turns out the tide's been turning on American cheese for quite awhile. We must begin at the beginning."