Jarlsberg Cheese 1 lb Jarlsberg cheese is a mild, Swiss Emmentaler-style, cow’s-milk cheese that has large irregular holes. It comes from Norway and has a yellow-wax rind and a semifirm yellow interior. The texture is buttery and rich, and the flavor is mild and slightly sweet. It is an all-purpose cheese, good both for cooking and for eating as a snack. The history of this cheese can be traced back to the middle 1850s. Its creator, Anders Larsen Bakke (1815-1899), was a local farmer/entrepreneur and a pioneer in Norway’s dairy industry. Jarlsberg is imported from Norway.