It’s a combination of factors. Mozzarella balls are hard to make because they’re so delicate, and they have to be handled carefully to avoid breaking them.
Mozzarella is made from cow’s milk, which costs more than other milks. And it’s also harder to produce because it has a lower fat content.
Mozzarella sticks are made by dipping the cheese in batter and deep-frying it. The batter protects the cheese from breaking apart when frying, but it still takes time and skill to make them well.
Most restaurants buy their mozzarella sticks frozen and reheat them in the oven after frying them, which takes more time and effort than just cooking them straight out of the package.
Last modified: October 30, 2022