What will you be doing on Sunday, July 30? We hope that you’ll be celebrating one of the sweetest dessert holidays – National Cheesecake Day! What better way to do that (aside from savoring some delicious cheesecake) than to learn about some little-known facts about this creamy, luxurious dessert?
Here are 5 fun facts about cheesecake that you might not know about!
It Has Ancient Origins – Cheesecake is said to originate from ancient Greece. In fact, it is believed that the dessert was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. to help energize the competitors. Evidence of early cheesecakes can be traced back to 2,000 B.C. at the Greek island of Samos.
It’s Not Actually a Cake – A cheesecake – at least an American-style cheesecake – is technically not a cake. It’s a baked cheese custard pie with a crust. Regardless, it’s absolutely delectable!
There Are Dozens of Styles of Cheesecakes – You’re probably very familiar with the New York style of cheesecakes, but there are several types out there just waiting for you to try! Styles of cheesecake include (but are not limited to) the Pennsylvanian, Philadelphian, Farmer’s, country, Chicagoan, Asian, Australian, Italian, Dutch, German, Greek, Brazilian, Colombian, and many more!
The American Cheesecake Has an Interesting Backstory – New York dairyman William Lawrence accidentally invented the modern American cream cheese (thank goodness!) when he tried to recreate a soft French cheese called Neufchatel in 1872. The signature cheesecake that we all know and love was created later in the 1900s by German immigrant Arnold Reuben. Although he is best known for his signature sandwiches, Reuben experimented with a cheese pie recipe he sampled at a dinner party until he came up with the lauded New York-style cheesecake.
The Largest Cheesecake Weighed Nearly 2.5 Tons – On January 25, 2009, Philadelphia Kraft Foods Mexico made the largest cheesecake ever made in Mexico. The final delicious product wound up weighing in at 4,703 pounds. That’s an awful lot of cheesecake!
Don’t forget to cap off National Cheesecake Day by stopping by one of McArthur’s Bakery Café’s locations and ordering a fresh, sumptuous cheesecake. Share it with your friends and family, or savor it little by little yourself! Want to place an order? Just call us at (314) 894-0900!