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Welcome to the Cheese and Lego page, where I will try to answer some of your questions about everybody's favourite food and the way it interacts with everybody's favourite construction toy.

Red Lego brick Did you guys know that you can buy these cheese Lego things. They are called Candy Blox and they are made by Concord Confections Inc. I'm not sure what cheese it is, but it's hard and sweeter than many. It reminded me of Havarti.  

Brian Nail
Minneapolis, Minnesota

There has been quite a bit of excitement in the cheese and Lego community about this product, but we're sorry to inform our readers that Candy Blox are not cheese at all. They are, as the name of the product suggests, candy. The confusion with may stem from the fact that many of the bricks are yellow or orange -- colours traditionally associated with cheese. We have written to Concord Confections Inc. asking them to change this confusing colouring, and we encourage all our readers to do the same.  

Red Lego brick While assembling a Lego diorama depicting the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, I wanted to give the saint some cheese to eat. At first, I used a yellow 2x4, thinking it would look like a block of cheddar, but it just looked like he was holding a brick. Then my wife suggested I use a quarter-circle piece. It looks just like a piece of cheese! (Except that it's blue.)

William Headley
Burk's Falls, Ontario

Thanks for the great suggestion, William. And don't worry about the colour -- just pretend it's a piece of Danish Blue!

Red Lego brick I have some of the older US-manufactured 2x2s, and a couple of them seem to have a blob of some gray-white stuff stuck inside the central column on the underside. It's been there for years. Is this likely to be cheese? If so, what sort of cheese is it?

Frank Tupper
Tuscon, Arizona

We see this quite a bit in the older Lego sets. It's possible that you have cheese there -- probably a processed cheese food, such as Velveeta. More likely, however, the substance inside the Lego brick is dough or pastry which some child has "stamped" with the Lego brick. I suggest you scratch some of the substance out with a pin and taste it. That should settle the matter once and for all!

Red Lego brick I've found that, if I turn Lego bricks upside down and blow on the holes in just the right way, I can make music. Are there any good tunes about cheese that I can play?

Jack R. Hammarlund
Buffalo, New York

Ah, there's certainly nothing like the homemade fun of creating your own Lego music. Among the cheese-flavoured songs you might consider are: Aiken Drum ("his hat was made of good cream cheese"), The Farmer in the Dell ("the cheese stands alone"), and Three Blind Mice (who were probably fond of cheese). Do any readers out there know of any other good cheese songs?

Red Lego brick I'm puzzled by a green substance that seems to be jammed into one of the circular bits on the underside of a blue 10x2 Lego brick. I thought at first it might be cheese, but now I just don't know.

Monty Johnson
Cambridge, Ontario

From your description, I doubt very much that this is cheese. In the first place, most cheeses are yellow, not green. And even if the cheese had gone green from mould, you should see a wispy hairlike growth coming from within the Lego brick. I'd guess that what you have there is some green Play-Doh, or possibly Plasticene, which some child has "stamped" with the Lego brick. I'd suggest getting a pin, removing a small sample of the green substance, and tasting it. If it tastes salty, it's probably Play-Doh. If it has no taste, but has a friendly, plasticky smell, it's probably Plasticene.

Red Lego brick Can you settle a bet between me and my brother? He says that the guys who make Lego once made a set where the bricks were made all of cheese. I say no way. Who is right? There is $10 riding on this.

Vera Kurninsky
Montreal, Quebec

Looks like your brother owes you $10, Vera! My friends at the LEGO Group assure me that they have never manufactured any building bricks made of cheese (more's the pity!). In the early 70s, Trigger Cheese Ltd of Stowe Vermont marketed a product called Cheezy Briks, which was a set of children's building blocks made from various types of cheese. These, however, were simply square and oblong shapes, and not interlocking bricks like Lego. The product was advertised on Saturday morning television around Christmas 1972, and was withdrawn from the market shortly afterwards. Again, it was cheese, but it was not Lego, or even Lego-like.

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