Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
Cut block of Cheddar cheese in half lengthwise. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Repeat procedure with cream cheese. Arrange cheese slices alternately in a shallow baking dish, standing slices on edge. Pour marinade over cheese slices. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours.
Transfer cheese slices to a serving platter in the same alternating fashion, reserving marinade. Spoon marinade over cheese slices. Serve with whole wheat crackers (crackers not included in analysis).
This make ahead appetizer presents beautifully, especially at Christmas. You won't find another like it on the buffet table. The original recipe I had included 1 tsp of sugar..I always added 1 Tbsp of sugar for a nice sweet and savory flavor.
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