Grab your forks and get ready to celebrate one of the richest, creamiest and most irresistible desserts known to mankind: cheesecake! Mark your calendars: July 30 is National Cheesecake day!
The History of Cheesecake
This sinfully delicious confection layered with decadent cream cheese and a crunchy graham cracker crust has been a sweet favorite since long before our time: Back in 776 B.C., the ancient Greeks believed that cheesecake (their version of it, at least) was a source of energy, so they served it to Olympic athletes. Later on down the road in the 1870s, a dairy farmer named William Lawrence from Chester, N.Y., made the accidental discovery of modern-day cream cheese. Then once Arnold Reuben, the German-American restaurant owner who also invented the famous Reuben sandwich, created the first recipe for New York–style cheesecake in 1929, the rest was history.
Types of Cheesecake
Today, there’s an endless variety of cheesecake all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and, of course, the United States. Here in the U.S., there are two types of cheesecake that have captured everyone’s hearts … and appetites:
First is the richer and heavier New York–style cheesecake, and then we have the lighter and fluffier Philadelphia-style cheesecake. They each come in every flavor imaginable, from classic strawberry to exciting peanut butter cup. Our favorite: none other than the Fannie May chocolate- and coconut-flavored Trinidad cheesecake, and the caramel-, pecan- and chocolate-flavored Pixie cheesecake. Inspired by two of our world-renowned chocolates, these two exquisitely luscious treats don’t require any difficult baking; they’re ready to devour as soon as they hit your doorstep!
So how do we celebrate National Cheesecake day, you ask? Joining the festivities is easy: Just grab one (or both!) of your favorite Fannie May cheesecakes and gobble it up with family and friends!
Which cheesecake flavor do you love most?