Take one semi truck, pack it tight with 27 tons of delicious, caramel-flavored goat cheese, park it in the middle of a strategically placed highway tunnel well above the Arctic Circle, give it a bit of the crème brûlée treatment and Voilà!
Norway’s Roads Are No Match for 59,000 Pounds of Flaming Goat Cheese
For the last six days the Brattli Tunnel in northern Norway has been closed. The culprit? A 27-ton truckload of a burning brown goat cheese called Brunost and the toxic gasses that emerge when you light the stuff on fire. “I didn’t know that brown cheese burns so well,” Kjell Bjoern Vinje from Norwegian Public Roads Administration told Reuters. “Police officer Viggo Berg said the high concentration of fat and sugar in the cheese made it burn ‘almost like petrol if it gets hot enough,'” reports the BBC, which adds that the “fire raged for five days and smoldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said.”
Petrol? Toxic gas? What exactly are Norwegians putting in their bellies? Well, according to About.com, this is what Brunost is, apparently:
A sweet, dense brown cheese produced either solely from goat’s milk (as in Norway’s “Ekte” brand), or from a combination of goat’s milk and cow’s milk. This rich cheese gets its distinctive caramel flavor, brown color, and fudge-like texture from a slow simmering process that gradually caramelizes the milk sugars.