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November Fan of the Month, Zach, with his Mom Anita.

I made a fun little discovery the other day — an entire blog about Tillamook Cheese marketing. And no, it’s not written by a Tillamook employee! It’s written by Zach, a Speech Communication student at Utah Valley University. Not only is Zach excited about some of the things that Tillamook does, online, to reach out to our Fans, but he’s also a devoted Tillamook fan himself!

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook dairy products? When did your “Loaf Love” for Tillamook begin?

A: I have been eating Tillamook dairy products since I was a little kid when my mom discovered that Tillamook cheese was sold at one of our local grocery stores. We always get the Medium Cheddar which is my favorite and we often get the Colby Jack as well. Both make an excellent Tillamook grilled cheese sandwich. My “Loaf Love” began with my first visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory when I was around 7 years old. That first trip I remember this HUGE round table chuck full of tons of different cheeses. My parents had little baggies and were filling them up with their favorite kinds. We each got a bag and put some of our favorites in the bag. I remember putting squeaky cheese in mine as did my sister Tennessa. At a later visit to the factory when I was older we went to the cafeteria part of the factory and I tried my first Tillamook Ice Cream shake which was hands down (and still is) the best shake I have ever put to my palette. Literally – HOLY COW! Sooooo good! I’ve been to a few different cheese factories and always like to try different shakes at different places and nothing compares (sorry BYU Creamery fans).

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook product?

A: My favorite Tillamook product is terribly difficult to choose and anyone I know can attest to that, but if I had to choose one it would be Grandma’s Cake Batter Ice Cream. Words cannot describe how I feel about that Ice Cream. I once got a brain freeze eating some and, you know when you stop until your brain warms up and the pain disappears, well I had no control and stuffed another spoonful down my throat regardless. Not a great idea, but gives you the picture that Grandma’s Cake Batter must be my favorite. A close second is Cookie Dough.

Q: What are you doing when you’re not eating Tillamook products? What are your hobbies?

A: When I’m not eating a Tillamook product, I’m usually not near a kitchen or a grocery store and so I am either at work building robots at Robotronics, studying at school, playing one of my favorite sports (Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, or beating a friend of mine at Ping Pong), or I might be practicing telling children’s stories out loud. Those are my hobbies. I also tutor ASL the university I attend, something I love to do.

Q: Anything else you want to share about your love for Tillamook? Any stories?

A: One time I was living in an apartment with four other missionaries who were skeptical that Tillamook was worth spending the extra buck for at the supermarket, so I challenged them to a cheese tasting contest. We each brought home that evening our favorite medium cheddar cheese (five different brands which will remain nameless) and cut up several cubes of each and put them on labeled paper plates. One by one we blind folded each other and tasted each cheese in random order, rating each one in order out loud afterwards while still being blindfolded (to avoid bias). ALL FIVE OF US (including me of course) rated Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese as the number one best tasting cheese of the five brands. And what was even cooler? The next shopping day each missionary had bought home a brick of Tillamook. Mission accomplished!

Q: We love your blog about Tillamook! What’s the story behind it?

A: The Tillamook blog was started actually as an assignment in my Intro to Mass Communications Class at UVU. When we were asked to start a blog for this semester the immediate first thing that popped into my head was Tillamook in the media (because I had seen for the first time here in Utah a commercial about Tillamook cheese – the broccoli one – so I knew there was something I could do). Anyway, the inspiration was already there from my love of the cheese and I think so far it has been a success. I only wish that I could share more of my love for the products rather than discussing Tillamook’s relation to the media. Oh well, it has been fun.

Thanks for being our November Fan of the Month, Zach! Stay cheesy!

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