Jarlsberg Dip like Krogers

So the last few times I have been to the cheese counter at my local Kroger store, they have had this fabulous Jarlsberg Dip there. I have purchased it several times. Then I started to think, I am the CopyKat lady, why am I not recreating this recipe for CopyKat?

Homemade Kroger Jarlsberg cheese dip and crackers.

This Cheese Dip is Wonderful

So, here is my copycat Kroger Jarlsberg Cheese Dip recipe. This is a delicious dip that goes perfectly on crackers. I have served this a few times, and it has gotten rave reviews.

Jarlsberg cheese is a Norwegian cheese that is wonderfully rich and tasty. It’s related to Emmentaler and other types of Swiss cheese. In fact, you can choose to use Swiss cheese for this dip instead of Jarlsberg.

Whichever cheese you opt for, this dip adds some sophistication to a gathering. This recipe is also one of my favorite types because you can make it ahead of time and enjoy it later.

The Holey Cheese

Jarlsberg is Norway’s third-largest export. Leading chefs value it for its distinctive sweet and nutty taste – not to mention its distinctive holes. It’s an ideal cheese for cheese boards and tastes good in salads and various hot dishes.

Jarlsberg was developed in 1956 in Jarlsberg County by successfully combining old cheese-making traditions with modern technologies.

Jarlsberg Cheese Has a Nutty Taste

Peel back the wax rind on a piece of Jarlsberg, and you discover a semi-firm buttery yellow interior that has a delightfully mild, nutty flavor. A nutty Jarlsberg and a smooth Merlot are a wonderful pairing.


Here’s what you need:

  • Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese, freshly grated
  • Mayonnaise
  • Red onion, finely chopped
Ingredients to make the copycat Kroger Jarlsberg cheese dip.

How to Make Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Store in a covered container for at least 2 hours for flavors to mingle

Variations of this cheese spread

Thanks for the many ideas submitted by various readers. Here are a few:

  • Add a tad of horseradish.
  • Add some jalapenos.
  • Use dip on baguette slices to make toasted cheese. Top with bacon bits (optional).
  • Use on baked potatoes.

You can also make Kroger’s Smoked Cheese Dip!

Easy Make-Ahead Cheese Dip

I love cheese dips and spreads and like to keep some on hand in case unexpected company drops or even if I want a light lunch or dinner. This cheese spread is perfect for this, and better yet, you don’t have to worry about having a lot of preservatives in the dip.

If you are a beginner cook, this would be an easy and quick dish for you to prepare. Now you can make Jarlsberg Dip at home just like they do at Kroger’s.

Serve Jarlsberg cheese dip with vegetables for a low-carb and keto-friendly appetizer or snack.

Homemade Kroger Jarlsberg cheese dip and crackers.

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Homemade Kroger Jarlsberg dip and crackers.

Jarlsberg Cheese Dip

Make Kroger's Jarlsberg dip just like they do.
5 from 21 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Dip, Jarlsberg Dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 149kcal


  • 4 ounces freshly grated Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion


  • In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a covered container for at least 2 hours for flavors to mingle. Serve with crackers. Will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.



Do not freeze this cheese dip. It will separate after you freeze it. 


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 226mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 202mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jeanne Muir

    Have tried adding red grapes (cut in half) and BoatsHead Mesquite Smojed Turkey (cut in 1/4” cubes)? It makes a great sandwich, like a chicken salad sandwich.

  2. Waltraud Patrick

    5 stars
    I went crazy for this dip. If you look at the ingr. of this dip it will show you Hellmann’s mayo. Total change in flavor.
    P,S. Kroger told me they could not get the Jarlsberg cheese lately. I was stocked up with the cheese.

  3. Dave

    This is the bomb diggity cheese spread of all, I used to work at Kroger years ago and I worked in the cheese shop and I was making this everyday because they had such a demand for this, it was one of our best sellers

  4. Mathew Renda

    5 stars
    Tastes better and is cheaper than buying in store.
    Another GREAT addition to this recipe is a bit of smoked paprika! We have also grown to favor eating the dip with basalmic vinegar and basil triscuits, they add a subtle sweetness to the rich nuttiness of the dip.

  5. Vaalwrath

    5 stars
    I like using green onions scallions as well as the red. And I never make a small batch of the stuff. Just never lasts, lol. 😉 I do 1 cup of shredded Jarlsberg to 1/2 cup of mayo and about 1/8 cup of red onions and 1/8 cup of green onions… give or take. And I just multiply that by several times. Made it for my relatives in Puerto Rico once and it got to be in demand every time I visit, lol.

  6. Becky

    5 stars
    So Glad to find this for the Jarlsburg spread. My Krogers’ quit carrying it and I haven’t been able to find it for a couple of months. Need to go out and buy a cheese shredder but it will be so worth it.

      • Ailene

        I love this stuff on a bagel with a fried egg- best breakfast sandwich! Now thanks to you I know how easy it is to make and I don’t have to go without just because Fred Meyer is out of it. Thank you!

      • TODD

        Don’t freeze! It thaws out a separated, curdled mess! Got 2 large one pound tubs on the Wohoo Special at Kroger for a buck and a half each, couldn’t pass up an extra pound tub for that price, and tried freezing it. Not good! Btw, it was on special because it was expiring in 2 days, that was back on 11/27/20. Kept in fridge, I just had another helping this eve and it’s 12/19/20, and it’s just fine!!! Keep it tightly covered in their original plastic tubs…

  7. Jodi

    Better than Kroger’s version coz I just made a batch! Probably took me longer to grate than it will to eat. Used a yellow onion coz that’s what I had and the blizzard…just amazing and spot in!

  8. Joanna Siekman

    Love this stuff too (!) Just wanted to add that my Kroger in Loveland Ohio just altered the cheese in that recipe and used Merlot cheese instead of the Jarisburg, WOW, you’ll madly live this and be hooked on day 1!

    My husband bought wonderfully grainy crackers and piled on shaved rare roast beef, others shaved ham, and added a dollop of this Merlot cheese mix and then gently heated before serving with a tiny splash of horseradish on the side~

    FANTASTIC! Try it, you’ll like it too : )

  9. Mark In NKy

    Hello, I asked one of the ladies behind the Kroger cheese counter how they made it and she said it was 50-50 cheese to mayo. Then add your red onion… I like that I can make it to taste. Wife really loves it:-)

    • Mark In NKy

      I just wanted to add that the lady behind the cheese counter also said they use a hi quality mayo, she said Hellman’s. 50-50 is a lot of mayo though. I just made some and used 2 cups (packed kinda tightly) of cheese and 1 3/4 cups of mayo. Seemed like a pretty good ratio to me despite what the Kroger lady said:-)

      • Pat

        5 stars
        What I particularly like about Krogers in NKY is that if they are out of the cheese spread, they are always happy to make more while you wait. I live in CT but go back to visit family in NKY. That cheese spread is something I look forward to. Yeah, I know, I can now make it myself but it always tastes better when someone else makes it for you!

  10. Baylee

    Hi! I was just at Kroger and bought the Southwestern Jarlsberg dip, I was wondering how you would make that? Ingredients listed are
    Mayonaise water, egg, lemon juice, cayenne powder, cumin, raw purple onion, jalapeños, southwest canned corn

    • Marcia

      Mayonnaise is egg, oil and lemon juice so that’s why the egg and lemon juice are listed. They must use water instead of the oil. Our Southwestern Jarlsberg dip also has black beans. I’ve made it using frozen thawed corn instead of the canned corn. I would say start with the basic Jarlsberg dip recipe and add the other ingredients to taste.

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