Grab the grater, because these firm favorites are made for shaving and sprinkling. Crunchy, crumbly, and delightfully diverse, there’s a reason hard cheeses are one of the most beloved types of cheeses out there. These crowd-pleasers are known for being highly snackable and satisfyingly crisp, and their flavor profiles can range from bright berry essence to toasty, grassy nuttiness. From clothbound cheddars to Alpine wheels to Parmigiano Reggiano and everything in between, hard cheeses are a staple of every cheese board and charcuterie plate. Our favorite thing about them? The crunchy tyrosine crystals that give hard cheeses their addictive sweetness.