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. Dawn

    The name of the dip at kroger is smoked gouda dip. But you use jarlsberg or swiss cheese instead of gouda? Im confused. Also, I can taste the smoky flavor in the Kroger dip. Do you think a drop of liquid smoke would achieve the same flavor?

    • Stephanie

      Well I really intended to make the jalrsberg version that have sold in the past. This recipe references that version. To do a smoked Gouda version, I would substitute the jalesberg cheese.

      • Darla

        When I worked at Giant Eagle, I seen them mix a batch. Jarlsburg, mayo, and a tad of horseradish. I was hooked and make it at home the same way.

      • Lyn Vaccariello

        They do have Jarlsberg cheese dip at my Kroger. They also have a smoked Gouda dip. But there is one I absolutely love… jarlsberg Cheese Dip!

        When I make it I also buy a bag of the sliced baguette bread. Spoon some of the dip in each piece, put in 350° oven for about 5 minutes. Then hit broil for about 45 seconds to a minute… Watch it closely though!

      • Valerie Magallanes

        5 stars
        Hi Stephanie I just made your Jarlsberg cheese dip like Kroger and I can’t believe it is exactly better than Kroger , but it’s identical you’re amazing thank you for helping us to copycat some of the great recipes out there you’re the best!

    • Linda Anderson

      Kroger has several types/versions of the dip. There is a gouda, a regular jsrlsberg and a southwest jarlsberg along with a few others. The ingredients of each is listed on the package

  2. Lillian Ferguson

    I have been making this dip for years. When I can’t find Jarlsberg cheese, I use Swiss. Just as good, and cheaper. My friends and I like it best on sliced French bread and put under the broiler for a minute or two, just til the cheese begins to bubble and kinda melt. Soooo good!!

  3. Amy

    I was give the recipe by the Kroger deli worker who actually makes this for sale in the store. When I asked if they had any dip, she said they were out and told me exactly how she makes it. There are only 3 ingredients in the dip – just like the above recipe states. She told me that they don’t even use specific amounts of the ingredients – that she just adds the sliced red onion (although she repeatedly called it a purple onion) and mayonnaise (real mayo, not Miracle Whip) to the shredded jarlsberg cheese until it “seems right.” Well, I bought a piece of the cheese and a red onion and made it myself using Hellman’s (aka Best Foods) mayo. It seemed a bit thick & dry to me, and I had already added a lot of mayo, so I added a couple tablespoons of water to it and it ended up identical to what I purchase in the store.

  4. Gina W

    This recipe is missing a little salt and a little fresh squeezed lemon juice that will zip up the taste and complete the flavors.

  5. BenS

    I’m glad to find this recipe since my local Kroger is not carrying this spread anymore. I can make it myself now.
    How I use it;
    Smashed Redskin Potatoes with Jarlsberg cheese.
    After smashing the redskin potatoes, I add a tablespoon of the Jarlsberg cheese dip and bake in the oven for 20 min. Yum!

  6. Shari

    Oh, man! Kroger no longer makes this. My friend, Toni (who works in the deli department at my local Kroger) said that everything is going to be outsourced. Since the employees are no longer allowed to make this, I thank you so much for the recipe

  7. Donald

    stephaniemanley, i have a container here from krogers and on the ingre4diants listed it states eggs,egg yolks,milk and vinegar also which are 4 i dont see in your list. are these necassary to make it taste right?

  8. Joe D.

    Thank you so much for this! I wanted to comment real quick and let you know that I was just at King Soopers (Kroegers on the west coast) and the cheese monger there said they had actually quit carrying the dip! I was so devastated so I searched “Jarlsberg Dip” and your recipe came up first and confirmed exactly what I had suspected: Three ingredients and delicious! So thank you very much, you’re a lifesaver!

    • Stephanie

      So on an interesting side note, I was at a food blogging conference and was chatting with the rep for Jarlsberg cheese, she confirmed I had gotten the recipe right ;).

      • Ruth Renedo

        Just bought this spread at Kroger today. It lists cream cheese along with the other ingredients (eggs, egg yolk, milk and vinegar). What gives?

    • Melissa Hollings

      I’ve watched them mix this when I ordered it. It’s a bag of shredded Jarlsberg mixed with a bag of Hellmans mayo with red onion added. No other ingredients. I use this dip to make grilled cheese. I use Brownberry oatnut bread and Velveeta cheese with this dip spread onto the Velveeta. It’s AMAZING!

      • Stephanie

        Your grilled cheese idea is awesome. I can’t wait to try it in my air fryer. Incidentally, I did discuss the recipe with the person who handled(s), the Jarlsburg distribution in the US. It was actually the companies recipe, and my interpretation was correct to her.

  9. Mary

    I love the cheese dip and I can only buy it when Kroger has it on sale. now I have a recipe for it yummmmmmmmmm thanks


    Thank you for sharing! I work in a deli and a customer was asking for the dip. We carry the cheese but not the dip. I will be trying this recipe soon. Thank you again!

  11. jDaddy

    OK, moved out of the Kroger area and do miss this dip. I will be making it according to your recipe this holiday season! I have found bagel chips a perfect dipper – nice and sturdy and with garlic flavoring…. yum.

  12. Lily

    When we tried this dip and loved it so much, I bought a small container and checked out the ingredients on the label so I could make my own. I use Swiss cheese instead of Jarlsberg due to cost, Hellman’s mayo, lemon juice, a bit of sugar, bacon, red onion and chives. I’ve fine tuned it to the point where it tastes even better than the last batch I bought.

  13. Pat Daz in Atlanta

    Seek & ye shall find. I have never heard of, or had, Jarlsburg cheese or dip until 2 weeks ago!! I was at my Deli in Krogers & they had the dip out for sampling with very thin, crispy crackers from Savory 34 called Crisps, which they sold nearby. I am NOT a fan of raw onions at all …white, yellow or red, but I love them grilled, fried & cooked soft in foods, plus I am allergic to some spices in store bought items & have to be careful.
    BUT I feel in LOVE with this dip!! So I Binged it & you were first on the list!! So glad to have this recipe now!! Will also be trying some of the variations to use it by the readers above!!
    Good job, CopyCat!!!

  14. Dawna

    Keeps in the fridge for about a week?? I must be doing something really wrong… mine doesn’t make it past two days in my fridge!! 😉

    • lee

      We originally knew this as “Al’s Appetizer” which we bought at Kroger. Then it seemed to disappear for a couple of years. Now it is back as Kroger’s Dip. I usually buy the 2# block of Jarlsburg at Costco and make the whole thing up which makes about 4 nice serving dishes. I have no trouble storing it up to 4 weeks. The only trouble is I have to hide it or it will disappear in about a week.

  15. Midmodtom

    Thank you Stephanie! I was wondering if you’ve ever tried to CopyKat Kroger’s sour cream French Onion Dip? Looks like you have a Kroger in your town, but alas, I moved to Chicago where there is no such thing. The dip was a staple at events in my childhood home. I actually ‘import’ it when I got for a visit. Thank goodness for insulated lunch kits! Now I have friends bring it to me when they visit, but it would be grand if there was a CopyKat recipe. Thank you!

    • furpurr

      Midmodtom: oooh, i would also like a recipe for this, as it is definitely my very favorite chip dip!!
      Stephanie Manley: well, how about it? will you take a crack at it?? 😎

      • Midmodtom

        The Kroger grocery store chain has their own brand of “Sour Cream French Onion Dip”. I would love it if you and your magic touch could recreate it!

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