This soft cheese with a white and fluffy bloomy rind is made from pasteurized milk.
It tastes slightly like almonds. It is ripened between three weeks and a month. It is especially delicious served on bread with jam or jelly.
This cheese’s name was inspired by the name of Maria Chapdelaine county in northwest Lac-Saint-Jean, as well as the name of the novel published by Louis Hémond in 1913. The lady in a blue dress and white collar shown on the packaging resembles the fictional character from the novel, but it is actually a portrait of the owner of the dairy, Ms. Hélène Cadieux, who was then aged 16, as she explains it in this short French video.
It is available from the cheese maker, in specialty grocery stores and cheese shop, and some supermarkets.