Having grown up in rural Wisconsin, one of my favorite childhood memories was going with my dad every Saturday morning to the local Creamery (all small Wisconsin towns had one in those days) to buy a bag of squeaky fresh, salty cheese curds. Most people around the country have no idea what they are, or if they do, are only aware of the deep fried versions you sometimes find at county fairs or fast food joints.
Not even close to the same thing.
Cheese curds are essentially what you put into a cheese mold and compress to form blocks of Cheddar cheese. They look somewhat like "circus peanut" candies, and are absolutely the best when they are at room temperature and less than 24 hours old. No breading. No deep frying. Just right out of the bag.
When I was much younger, I was occasionally known to to eat a pound of these in a single sitting.
There is only one place here in the Twin Cities that trucks them in fresh daily from Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it's in the Mall of America. I hate going to the mall because it's a pain to park and get in and out quickly. But I'll willingly go through the pain once a month or so to get my bag of curds.