Let's get something out of the way right this second: there is no bad cheese. All cheese is good cheese. "But," you're probably sighing exasperatedly, "aren't American cheese, Velveeta and Cheez Whiz bad cheese?" No. Because they are not cheese. And also, they are not always bad.
Clearly, if we wanted to produce a comprehensive list of every single cheese under the sun, ranked from worst to best, it would take our entire lives to compile (we love small cheese-makers, but there are just too many). We promise to do our part as our lives continue to eat every single one, for science. Until then, we're just going to stick to some of the most popular cheese-making styles. You might not agree with this list. And you should absolutely tell us why in the comments. For cheese. And for science.
Without any further waffling (mmm, cheese waffles) we present the best cheeses, from slightly less than best to best.
Honorable Mention: Limburger (because it is as close to a bad cheese as you can get)
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"Grilled cheese." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c7207s3">Novakaine</a> Gospel. We couldn't agree more. <strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/grilled-cheese-recipes_n_1785201.html">Check out our favorite grilled cheese recipes.</a></strong>
Broccoli + Cheddar = Delicious
"Steam broccoli and have it as a butter based chedder sauce." -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c71oaqc">Zenu01</a> <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/heymikiheymiki/6291335309/sizes/z/in/photostream/">miki's kitchen</a></em>
"Cheddar biscuits?" -- <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c71njr3">Aevum1</a> <strong>Get Gail Simmons' <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bacon-chive--cheddar-bi_n_1059649.html">Cheddar Biscuits recipe</a> here.</strong>
"Nachos!!!!!!!!!" -- 88leo Yep. Totally. Get 88leo's awesome <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c71lpej">nacho instructions</a> here. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittykaht/7343579968/sizes/z/in/photostream/">KittyKaht</a></em>
Macaroni And Cheese
"If its not really expensive aged cheddar, my favorite way to eat it is in a classic macaroni and cheese." -- BZWingZero You can get <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/137l68/i_just_bought_cheddar_for_the_first_time_i_have/c71li0f">BZWingZero's mac and cheese recipe</a> on Reddit. <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gail_thepinkpeppercorn/4651298707/">thepinkpeppercorn</a></em>
Creamy Coarse Grits With Fresh Corn And Farmhouse Cheddar
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/creamy-coarse-grits-with-_n_2141633.html">Creamy Coarse Grits with Fresh Corn and Farmhouse Cheddar</a> recipe</strong>
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/potato_skins/">Potato Skins recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>
Cheddar And Roasted Red Pepper Spread
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-and-roasted-red-p_n_1057141.html">Cheddar and Roasted Red Pepper Spread</a> recipe</strong>
Cheddar BLT Burgers With Tarragon Russian Dressing
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-blt-burgers-with-_n_1058280.html">Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing</a> recipe</strong>
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2009/09/macheesmo-mud/">Macheesmo Mud recipe from Macheesmo</a></strong> We like to call this queso, but we're not going to argue with someone who makes it as well as Macheesmo does.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cheddar-goug232res_n_1060862.html">Cheddar Gougères</a> recipe</strong>
Eggs En Cocotte (Baked Eggs In Ramekins)
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eggs-en-cocotte-baked-eg_n_1057500.html">Eggs en Cocotte</a> recipe</strong>
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/whiskey-cheese-fondue_n_1058790.html">Whiskey-Cheese Fondue</a> recipe</strong>
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pimento-cheese--bacon-cr_n_1058614.html">Pimento Cheese & Bacon Crostini</a> recipe</strong>
Spicy Cheddar Shortbread
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/spicy-cheddar-shortbread_n_1540998.html">Spicy Cheddar Shortbread</a> recipe</strong>
Or, Our Favorite...
... just shove it directly into your face. <em>via <a href="http://mousefounded.tumblr.com/post/4158569950">It Was All Started By A Mouse</a></em>