Mascarpone is a thick, luxurious, creamy cheese that has been made traditionally in Italy for hundreds of years. Mascarpone is ivory in color, soft and delicate and is easily spread. When fresh, it smells like milk and cream. It is the hero of desserts, especially Tiramisu. It can also be used as a substitute for thick or double cream. It is great for topping desserts, dolloping on fresh fruit, thickening hot dishes and making pasta sauces.