Everything you didn’t know about Cheesecakes

If you hadn’t already guessed, we love our Cheesecakes! But we were surprised as anyone by some of these amazing cheesecake facts!

Did you know that…Cheesecakes supposedly originated in ancient Greece and were even served to athletes at the first Olympic Games.

Evidence of early cheesecakes can be traced to the Greek island of Samos as far back as 2,000 B.C., though the oldest existing written recipe is credited to Roman politician Marcus Cato around the first century B.C.

“American Style” cheesecakes weren’t invented until the late 1800’s.

New York dairyman William Lawrence accidentally invented cream cheese in 1872 while trying to recreate a soft French cheese called Neufchatel. New York-style cheesecake, with its signature simple cream cheese and egg yolks make-up, was later created in the 1900s by German immigrant Arnold Reuben.

You used to be able to buy cheesecake-flavoured postage stamps.

Sure they were from the Austrian Postal service, but Haagen-Dazs still once made flavor-infused stamps which included Cookies & Cream, Macadamia Nut Brittle, and Strawberry Cheesecake. Best part? Zero calories. Worst part, it’s not a real cheesecake! Boo!

The “World’s Most Expensive” cheesecake isn’t even served at a restaurant

It comes from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and it looks like a pile of Christmas presents, literally. Made from a triple blend of mocha-flavoured cheeses and encased in a filigreed chocolate shell, the Festive Two Stack runs $300 per cake. Jeez, give me a Salted Caramel Cheesecake any day – Rich in flavour but not in price

Some questionable cheesecake “inventions” include garlic and foie gras flavoured cheesecakes.

We’re assuming these taste more like cream cheese dips than “cake,” which isn’t bad. Just, you know, weird. Here’s a recipe for the garlic version, if you’re so inclined.

We think you’re probably better off ordering a delicious Cheesecake from our Cheesecake Collection. Available online and in store