Log in
HelloFreshIconChevronRightSmallMeal KitsIconChevronRightSmallCheese Tasting Music Game

Play the cheese tasting music game with HelloFresh

Play the cheese tasting music game with HelloFresh

Did you know music can affect the way we taste cheeses and chutneys? Yep, studies show that tempo, pitch and key all play a part in how we perceive the tastes and textures of our food.
Using this research along with data Spotify's API, the meal kit company HelloFresh have invented a fabulous cheese tasting game that's bound to leave you feeling festive. To play, simply pair the recommended song with its matching cheese from HelloFresh's Christmas cheese platter.

Did you know music can affect the way we taste cheeses and chutneys? Yep, studies show that tempo, pitch and key all play a part in how we perceive the tastes and textures of our food.
Using this research along with data Spotify's API, the meal kit company HelloFresh have invented a fabulous cheese tasting game that's bound to leave you feeling festive. To play, simply pair the recommended song with its matching cheese from HelloFresh's Christmas cheese platter.

Songs that bring out salty flavours

Studies show staccato sounds bring out the texture in cheese and enhance saltiness. This means that songs with a high tempo and low danceability pair perfectly with salty cheeses like goat's cheese and cheddar. To pair with the goat's cheese, mature cheddar and pistachios from your platter, we've picked out popular hits known for their strong, steady beat.

The best tunes for salty flavours

Artist Song Danceability Tempo
The Verve Bittersweet Symphony 0.36 171
Coldplay Viva la Vida 0.49 138
The Beatles Eleanor Rigby 0.58 138



Want to make it Christmassy? Listen to the Christmas song ‘Carol of the Bells’ by violinist Lindsey Stirling with danceability of 0.23 and tempo of 168. It'll bring out the salty taste and creamy texture of your cheese tasting.

Party songs make your fruit taste sweeter

It turns out that high pitched sounds have the ability to make your foods taste sweeter. Spotify's party genre is full of high key tunes that will not only lift your spirits, they'll make your fruity accompaniments taste even more tongue tingling. Pair these party songs with apricots and they'll cut through your cheeses perfectly!


Artist Song Popularity
Spice Girls Wannabe 81
Swedish House Mafia Don't You Worry Child- Radio Edit 79
Shakira Waka Waka (It's Time for Africa) 78



If you're feeling festive, savour the fruity flavours of cheese tasting by listening to Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney or We wish you a Merry Christmas performed by André Rieu.

SIt back, relax - and enjoy the sensational savoury flavours

Umami is a Japanese word used to describe a pleasant savoury taste. Studies show low, slow songs enhance umami flavours such as cheeses and meats, which is why we've chosen heartwarming classics to pair with your brie and stilton. Take slow bites, focus on the melody and let the cheeses take over your tastebuds.


Artist Song Key Energy Tempo Popularity
Ed Sheeran Kiss Me 2 0.23 75 73
Blind Pilot 3 rounds and a sound 1 0.29 59 59
The Smiths Please, please, please, let me get what I want 2 0.44 63 40



If you're playing the festive version of our cheese tasting game, try listening to Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley alongside your blue cheese.

Make home cooking easy with HelloFresh

Make home cooking easy with HelloFresh

Not sure what to make for dinner? Receive the most delicious easy-to-cook meals at your door every week. Packed to stay fresh, our meal kits fit perfectly into your fridge and come with super easy recipes that turn out amazing every time.

Not sure what to make for dinner? Receive the most delicious easy-to-cook meals at your door every week. Packed to stay fresh, our meal kits fit perfectly into your fridge and come with super easy recipes that turn out amazing every time.

Get up to $130 off!