Made of pasteurized milk, Le Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is a snow white-coloured soft cheese that has a bloomy rind. Legend has it that the location of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges church was chosen because of a snowfall in mid-August.
Fuzz on the surface of the rind, called bloom, develops with two to six weeks of aging. This cheese has a supple, creamy texture with flavours of butter and hazelnut. The smooth rind has an aroma reminiscent of mushrooms, yeast and moss. When heated during cooking, this cheese runs before melting quickly and retains a mild flavour.
Le Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is available at the Fromagerie des Basques and in the refrigerated section of supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations as well as in several fine grocery stores and specialty grocery stores, from La Pocatière to the Gaspésie region and all the way to the border of New Brunswick.