I haven't purchased American cheese for over a year now. Why? Because it's not 'real' cheese! It's nothing more than a bunch of oil and chemicals. Seriously, don't buy it. It has always tasted like plastic to me, especially the individually wrapped slices. Those are sooooo gross. On a quest to find a better alternative, I found this recipe and decided to make it for my son who misses American cheese. It was a hit! It really tastes like American, but without the plasticy aftertaste. The recipe below makes 2/3 of a batch since I only had 1# of cheese on hand.
You'll need the following:
8oz Cheddar Cheese
8oz Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
1C + 2T Powdered Milk (I used powdered buttermilk because I didn't have the regular powdered milk)
1t Gelatin Powder (Unflavored)
1C HOT water
A Pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment