I have made cheese sauce before and it has never been sweet. No problem with butter and flour and then I added milk like before. White sauce was fine. So I added cheese. Yes it was a package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese from Harris Teeters. I know fresh is better but it was what I had. The sauce itself was fine, smooth and creamy, but it was sweet. I used skim milk and I have used packed cheese before but it has been a while. Is it the cheese? Have they added something or is it the skim milk?

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    Is it possible you added sugar instead of salt by mistake? It's easily done. – GdD Nov 10 '13 at 19:41
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    @GdD - I once returned some pancakes at a local restaurant because they were too salty. The response was "they must have used salt instead of sugar in the batter again". I especially liked the "again". – Pete Becker Nov 11 '13 at 15:02
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    My response would be "check please!!" – GdD Nov 11 '13 at 15:04
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    Milk is sweet to the taste, lactose IS a sugar. If you've let the milk evaporate a bit more than usual and put less salt than what your taste is accustomed to, and/or if the cheese you've used is also less salted than usual, the natural sweetness of the milk (and cheese) would come forward. Industrial breakfast cereal contains a ton of salt (often more than in crisps) to hide the sweetness. – P. O. Jun 12 '14 at 17:37

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