- I took a trip to The Cheesecake Factory and tried the chain’s three most-popular cheesecakes.
- The Fresh Strawberry cheesecake was perfectly light and not overly sweet, so it was the winner.
- The White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle slice had a cookie crust that balanced out the sweetness of the white chocolate shavings.
- The Godiva Chocolate cheesecake was perfect for chocolate lovers.
Ask anyone what menu item they recommend from The Cheesecake Factory and they will probably mention their favourite slice of the restaurant’s namesake dish. From chocolate-hazelnut to red-velvet cheesecake, there seems to be something to suit almost everyone’s palette. But with over 30 different flavours of creamy, photo-worthy cheesecake, it can be hard to decide which one will taste the best.
As someone who can’t say no to a plate of cheesecake, I was very excited to put The Cheesecake Factory’s three most-popular flavours of cheesecake to the test to see which one had that irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth sweetness that keeps customers coming back for more.
To be sure I was really trying the three flavours that everyone purchases the most, I simply contacted the chain to ask. They told me that their three most-popular flavours were Fresh Strawberry, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and the Godiva Chocolate cheesecake.
The Fresh Strawberry slice resembled a classic cheesecake topped with whole strawberries
Full disclosure, I’m usually not a fan of classic-style desserts. I’m a go-big-or-go-home kind of person and the more over-the-top and unique the dish is the more likely I am to enjoy every bite.
I didn’t really expect to find anything exceptional about this $US8.95 slice, but after one forkful it became clear that I couldn’t get enough of this.
Right off the bat, the graham-cracker crust added a satisfying, buttery foundation for the dish. The plain cheesecake filling was extremely creamy and not overly sweet with the distinct taste of vanilla.
Most classic cheesecakes are unbelievably dense and leave you feeling like you need a nap afterward, but this one was very light and fluffy. The strawberries were in a strawberry-flavored sauce that complimented the cheesecake filling. The strawberries themselves were super juicy, and though I worried that the sauce would be a little too sweet, it was actually just right.
The White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle slice had raspberry swirls and came topped with white-chocolate shavings
White chocolate and raspberry are typically a match made in heaven since the sweetness of the white chocolate nicely balances the slight tartness of the raspberry. Because of this, I was very confident that this slice would be ridiculously good. This one cost $US7.95, $US1 less than the Fresh Strawberry slice.
The initial bite proved to be much sweeter than the strawberry slice thanks to the swirls of raspberry sauce baked into the cheesecake filling. Instead of a graham-cracker crust, this cheesecake boasted a chocolate-cookie crust that I really enjoyed cutting into with every bite, and it added the right amount of slight bitterness to complement the white chocolate just a little.
I kept coming back for more of this cheesecake but after a while, it was just a bit too sweet for my taste.
The Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake was three layers of chocolate heaven and came with a Godiva chocolate square on top
I wasn’t very surprised that a chocolate cheesecake made it among the top three contenders, but I was nonetheless excited to see The Cheesecake Factory’s rendition of one. Instead of a traditional crust, this cheesecake uses flour-less chocolate cake as the base. The next layer is a fluffy chocolate mousse, and the third layer was the chocolate cheesecake. It was all covered with a chocolate ganache and a dusting of cocoa powder. The cost weighed in at $US8.50.
Two words: Chocolate overload. The texture was just as smooth as the others but it was overall a lot denser. The cake layer added to the heaviness of the slice, and it appeared to also have some chocolate chips sprinkled throughout.
My single favourite layer had to be the chocolate mousse because it was fluffier and not as rich. I actually couldn’t make it past about half of the entire slice without giving up. It’s definitely a super-rich, decadent dessert so it’s definitely best for those who prefer chocolate-filled desserts. That said, it would have been perfect to share.
The verdict? The Fresh Strawberry slice proved that sometimes nothing beats the classics
After this cheesecake taste test, I decided that the winner was the Fresh Strawberry cheesecake. Although the other slices were both light and creamy and made me want to keep eating, the Fresh Strawberry slice had a sweetness that wasn’t overpowering. And, the whole strawberries added a refreshing, juicy taste that complemented the entire cheesecake.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a creamy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, any of these slices is a great choice. Your go-to slice will depend on whether you’re a die-hard chocolate fan or prefer a more refreshing, fruity dish.
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