A unique study out of Switzerland finds that music can affect the taste of cheese.
It seems to indicate that hip hop music, in particular, makes cheese taste best.
Researchers at Bern University of the Arts exposed five 22-pound wheels of emmental cheese to different kinds of music, played on a loop for 6 and a half months, 24 hours a day.
The songs played were:
- “Stairway to Heaven” / Led Zeppelin
- “Magic Flute” / Mozart
- “Monolith” / Yello
- Jazz (We’ve Got) / A Tribe Called Quest
Other cheeses were exposed to soundwaves only at different frequencies, but no music.
And one was a control cheese, exposed to silence.
Researchers found that the music had an impact on the strength, smell, taste, and flavor of the cheeses.
A group of food professionals participated in blind taste tests, and declared that the cheese exposed to A Tribe Called Quest tasted best.
They said it was “significantly different from the other samples” when it came to both smell and taste.
Researchers say more investigation should be done in order to confirm the results and gain a deeper understanding of exactly what is going on.