National Cheesecake Day
July 30th

National Cheesecake Day is an unofficial holiday which comes annually on July 30th.

The observance, which is part of a surprisingly large tradition of food holidays, has not been officially endorsed by any presidents, and does not have any congressional records to solidify its claim. but this certainly does not stop thousands and maybe even millions of people from across the country from celebrating the decidedly delicious holiday.

But why shouldn't cheesecake have its own holiday? Records of cheesecake date as far back as 770 BC, when the dessert, or something like it at least, was served to Olympic athletes. Today, it seems as if everyone has their own take on how cheesecake should be baked.

There are many European, Latin American, Asian and of course, American variations on how the dessert is baked and served.

Activities for a Cheesecake Party

1. Have a Cheesecake assembly competition. Give the participants all the ingredients needed to make a graham cracker crust from scratch and a pre-made batch of no back cheesecake filling. Then time the participants to see who can assemble it the fastest.

2. Prepare Cheesecake Lollipops in advance and let each guest decorate their own from a variety of toppings.

3. Give each guest a slice of plain cheesecake and let them go loose at a topping buffet with such items as strawberries, chocolate syrup and the like. The competition is to see who can decorate their own slice with the most fineese. Take digital picutres of each entry and vote on the best looking slice at the end of the evening.

Cheesecake Lollipops

National Cheesecake Day is perfect for making a batch of cheesecake lollipops. You will need large wooden sticks, melted chocolate chips for dipping, sprinkles, chopped salty peanuts, chopped english toffee, and chopped candy bars.

1. Begin with your favorite cheesecake. Remove any loose decorations or whip cream rosettes.

2. Cut each cheesecake slice in half down the center.

3. Deeply chill entire cake by placing in freezer for a few hours. Then remove.

4. Place a wooden stick in the center of each half slice of deeply chilled cheesecake.

5. Melt desired amount of chocolate chips on low heat in a saucepan.

6. Holding the wooden sticks, dip the lollipops in the melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off.

7. Immediately decorate with sprinkles, chopped nuts, toffee, or any desired topping.

8. Place on wax paper and either eat immediately, or stick all slices back in the freezer to save.

9. Lollipops can be stored in the freezer for up to a week.

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