Every year for the holidays my mom would make a cheese ball and a salmon ball that we were able to enjoy throughout the day.
I loved that cheese ball and it was only later after I asked for the recipe that I realized it was full of things I hated like Velveeta (ew!) and blue cheese (double ew!). But it tasted amazing on crackers.
I always associate cheese balls and cheese spreads with the holidays. I don’t know why they kind of went out of fashion. Maybe people wanted to put out cubes of fancier sounding cheeses. Maybe people got lazy and it was easier to cut up cheese and set out chunks without worrying about making it look pretty.
I think now that many associate the cheese ball or cheese spread as something cheesy (pun intended) from the 60s. But I think a cheese ball can be fancy, creative, and a fun thing to have out for entertaining.