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 very tasty dip that goes perfectly on crackers. I have served this a few times now, 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 a little bit of 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. It is valued by leading chefs 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 a variety of 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.

Jarlsberg at the Movies

  • Jarlsberg had a minor part in the movie Trial and Error (1997) where Charlize Theron offers Jeff Daniels a sandwich and says: “But… it’s Jarlsberg!”
  • Jarlsberg also received a mention in the movies The Devil Wears Prada, The Wrestler, and Did You Hear About the Morgans.
  • Jarlsberg was also mentioned in the TV series Frasier, The Sopranos, and in the Monty Python cheese skit.


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 just in case unexpected company drops in 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 Dip like Krogers

Make Krogers Jarlsberg dip just like they do. 
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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. Dale S.

    A friend of mine recently brought Kroger Southwest Jalapeno Jarlsberg Cheese Dip to a party. I have been to 6 Krogers in the area and they only have the regular Jarlsberg Cheese Dip. Does anybody know the recipe for the Southwest Jalapeno version?

  2. Gmapearls

    Thank you! I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time. You saved me the experiment. To keep the cost even less than the deli, check out your local warehouse grocer. We buy our Jarlsburg cheese at Sam’s Club. Price is $4.67 per pound, vs $10 or more per pound at the supermarket. You do have to buy at least a two-pound chunk, but it keeps for a long time. God bless you and your family.

  3. Flowerpower

    First I toast slices of bread in the oven (I usually use french or italian), then spread the dip on the toast and return it to the oven until cheese is melted. IT IS WONDERFUL!

  4. sheryl

    Fabulous dip! We had it at our son and daughter-in-law’s in Houston. Brought some home the last t8ime we visited and tried to break down the ingredients. You’re right on with it’s contents.

  5. pcegroh@gmail.com

    I found the dip to be overpriced at Giant Eagle but loved it so I asked one day how it was made and they told me. Their recipe has green onions and red onions, shredded jarlsberg and mayonaise. I make it alot for its quick fix but get great reviews!
    Never tried it warm though! Thanks for sharing!

  6. AprilFool

    I love this dip. The ingredient label says there is lemon juice in it. I added just about a teaspoon of fresh juice.

  7. Val Troll

    I had this cheese spread in Pittsburgh PA, the server at the deli said to go home and put it into tortilla scoops and place under broiler until hot, they were amazing!

  8. Leilah9812

    this may sound weird, but as a college student I try to eat cheap. I bought shrimp and chicken ramen noodles (the packs, not the cups). I cooked the noodles like normal on the stove, added a tablespoon of butter, added 2 – 3 tablespoons jarlsberg cheese dip (as you’ve shown to make), stir together. add shrimp and chicken seasoning packets. It’ll feed 1 hungry student or 2 students. It’s so yummy!! Now I can make big batches of this stuff and use it for everything!

  9. Ceh41154

    Thank you for writing this! I go to the Gerbes store in Columbia, MO where they have this dip at their cheese counter. (Gerbes is part of the Kroger chain.) I love this and have thought of trying to copy it myself. I decided to Google it first to see what I could find. Thanks!!

  10. Kbwalker3

    I make something similar to this but call it onion soufflé. I make this with cream cheese, fresh parm, onions, mayo and bake it until bubbly. With my leftovers I put in scrambled eggs, on bakers, etc.

  11. Victoria Surber

    I absolutely love this dip! I also vary it with putting in poppy seeds. It makes a great dip for unexpected company because it is quick to make!

  12. Andrea

    I love to spread some of this dip on a slice of baguette and toast it in the toaster oven. The cheese gets all melty and yumm…

  13. Sher

    Would be so yummy but SO expensive. I love Jarlsburg but only limit myself to a very small chunk because it is so expensive. any thoughts on any other, cheaper cheese that tastes similar? This makes me hungry just talking about it, glad you could replicate it!

    There is a domestic brand called Alpine cheese that may work well for you. ~Stephanie

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