National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day is celebrated every year on March 6, a day dedicated to a unique version of everyone’s favorite dessert. Cheesecake is a sweet dessert made with soft fresh, cream, or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar, on a crust of crushed graham crackers, cookies, pastry, or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can either be baked or frozen until the cheese and other components settle into a solid piece. The dessert is often served topped with fruit, chocolate, compote, or whipped cream. The most common cheesecake flavors are blueberry and strawberry, but today is about their less popular, most special sibling, the white chocolate cheesecake.
History of National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Ancient records show that the early Aztec and Mayan people consumed chocolate in religious rituals. Not the chocolate we are familiar with today, but the cocoa bean. Once the early Europeans were introduced to chocolate, many consumed it as a beverage, and after gaining popularity, people started experimenting with many recipes. Soon after, chocolate cake enjoyed unparalleled popularity in the 19th century, and people started using chocolate in more baked goods. Confectioners realized that chocolate in desserts had an immense marketing value.
White chocolate, on the other hand, appeared much later. The Nestle company began making white chocolate in the 1930s. Meanwhile, in North America, Kuno Baedeker developed white chocolate in 1945. In the strictest sense of the term, white chocolate isn’t chocolate at all. It is made from cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, and sometimes, vanilla. It does not contain cocoa solids, which are found in milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
The origin of cheesecake is easily traced. During the 1930s, the famous New York-style cheesecake was created at a restaurant called Lindy’s, combining cream cheese and cake into one delicious treat. While the restaurant shut down in the 1960s, the owner of the restaurant released the recipe to the public through the magazine Duncan Hines which acclaimed restaurants consult for their food innovations. Since then, the recipe has traveled far and wide, and today almost every restaurant serves cheesecake with its own variation of the original recipe.
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day timeline
The Greeks made rudimentary cheesecake called ‘plakous.’
A collection of medieval English cheesecake recipes are compiled by the cooks of King Richard II.
Arnold Reuben creates the first New York-style cheesecake.
The restaurant is founded by David M. Overton in California.
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day FAQs
Is white chocolate really chocolate?
White chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. Technically, white chocolate is not chocolate—and it doesn’t really taste like one—because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids. Chocolate nibs are ground into a paste called chocolate liquor.
What is the difference between New York-style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?
A New York Cheesecake is the larger, richer, and more indulgent cousin of the traditional cheesecake. This cheesecake steps it up a notch with even more cream cheese and the addition of cream or a few extra egg yolks to create an ultra-rich, creamy, and larger-than-life cheesecake.
Is baked or unbaked cheesecake better?
The primary difference between no-bake cheese and baked cheesecake is that the baked one has a better texture. In particular, baked cheesecake has a creamy and smooth texture which is hard to achieve with a no-bake cheesecake recipe. The baked cheesecake tends to be fluffy and moist even if it’s baked.
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day Activities
Try out a recipe online
Websites such as Ghirardelli, AllRecipes, and FoodNetwork have lists of recipes for white chocolate cheesecake that you can try at home on National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day.
Treat yourself to it
Head on over to a specialty bakery or a famous restaurant that serves cheesecake and treat yourself to a big slice of white chocolate cheesecake.
Try recipes with white chocolate
Along with cheesecakes, you can also celebrate the dry by trying recipes that use white chocolate.
5 Facts About Cheesecake That Will Blow Your Mind
Some flavors are more popular than others
Red Velvet is America's favorite cheesecake flavor.
Austrians have cheesecake postal stamps
Cheesecake-flavored postage stamps are available at the Austrian Postal Services.
Some cheesecakes can be very expensive
The most expensive cheesecake costs $5,000 and it takes five days to prepare it.
The largest Cheesecake ever made
Philadelphia Kraft Foods Mexico made the cake in 2009 in Mexico, which weighed 4,703 pounds.
Not all cheesecakes are desserts
Savory smoked salmon cheesecake is made in Scotland.
Why We Love National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Everyone loves cheesecake
Cheesecake is probably one of those few desserts that everyone loves, thus it deserves a day of celebration.
A day to indulge
Having cheesecake every day is not a good idea but National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day is the perfect day to indulge yourself.
Try a new recipe
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day is the perfect opportunity to don the chef’s hat and try some new recipes.
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