Applewood cheddar (aka Applewood smoked cheddar) is a semi-firm, white, cheddar cheese with a smoky taste made from pasteurized cow’s milk.
Some brands are made with natural smoke flavouring added to them (i.e., the cheeses not actually smoked.) Other brands are actually smoking the cheeses using wood from apple trees.
The formed cheeses are rolled or rubbed in a mild paprika for colour on their rinds.
One English company making the cheese is the Ilchester Cheese Company (now known as Norseland) in Somerset, England. There are a few cheeses called “Applewood smoked” being made in the United States as well.