Make and decorate cheesecake pops (photo courtesy Pure Cheesecakes).
You can bake or buy a cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day, July 30th. Or you can turn that cheesecake into cheesecake pops.
Any day of the year, it’s a fun concept for family fun or entertaining.
You can also create a non-party “assembly line” of friends to make a large bunch of pops, where everyone gets to take home their share.
Decorations (toppings) can vary widely; for example, mini candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, blue and pink sprinkles for baby showers, or silver and gold sprinkles for special occasions.
Ingredients For The Cake Pops
1. LINE two cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper.
2. SCOOP and form 36 cheesecake balls. Place on the cookie sheets and freeze for at least 10 minutes. When they are frozen…
3. MELT the chocolate. Remove the cheesecake balls from the freezer and insert the sticks. Dip each ball into melted chocolate, and return to the freezer for another 10 minutes.
4. DIP quickly into more chocolate and add your toppings of choice. Let the chocolate candy harden, and they’re ready to serve.
You can adapt this concept to a dessert that is not on a stick. Make the cheesecake balls more like tartufo, the Italian ice cream ball covered in chocolate. Here’s how:
The first cheesecakes date back to ancient Greece, and were savory recipes, not sweet.
They were served to Olympic athletes, and were so popular that the conquering Romans took the recipe back with them, along with much of Greek culture.
The history of modern cheesecake begins in 1872, with the invention of cream cheese—which, by the way, was an accident. It was sold as Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Over time, the brand’s home economists developed new ways to use the cream cheese, and printed the recipes on the carton. The familiar American-style cheesecake was one of them.
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