Further proof that fast food items overseas are far superior than the offerings here stateside, McDonald’s Japan will be serving up this spring an OREO Cheesecake via McCafe by Barista. And as the visuals suggest, this is a cheesecake that’s got a bullseye on OREO lovers’ hearts.
This decadent OREO Cheesecake features a lavish layer of the cookie crumbs in the crust and on top, which crowns a lemon-infused cream cheese filling. Sheesh.
The OREO Cheesecake will be available for a limited time from March 24, though no specific end date has been announced.
The world-famous Japanese cheesecake bakery, Uncle Tetsu, is offering up an opportunity for a select few to become their elite taste-testers. Here’s a chance for all of you cheesecake lovers to live out your wildest dreams as you will get to taste the newest and most unique creations Uncle Tetsu has to offer, some of which have yet to be released to the public.
Lydia Chen, Master Baker and Head of Product Development for Uncle Tetsu USA, went on to note that the company “recognizes the growth of foodie culture and wants to continue to improve our cheesecakes and flavors by working directly with our guests. We believe that guest involvement is the key to Uncle Tetsu’s continued success. Since the opening of our first California store, we have received so much support from our loyal guests and the wider community, so we would like to give a few lucky cheesecake lovers the opportunity to have direct access or a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the creation of our cheesecakes.”
For a chance to be one of the select few, you must grab a “Pick Me” card at one of Uncle Tetsu’s participating California locations, post a picture or video on your Instagram story with the card and an explanation on why you should be selected, and tag @uncletetsu_us’s Instagram account. Uncle Tetsu will start their search for taste-testers from August 31-October 26, 2019. For more information, please visit Uncle Tetsu’s Contest Rules page.
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In the past 40 years, The Cheesecake Factory has gone from a single California restaurant to nearly 200 locations. The cheesecake emporium’s reputation of massive portions and even bigger menu have made it the go-to spot for many.
To commemorate those four decades that have turned the chain into a seemingly cultural icon, The Cheesecake Factory is giving out a whopping 40,000 free slices on December 5th.
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Going to a physical location for this giveaway wouldn’t be the move, as the slices are being distributed via Doordash. On December 5th, at 11:30 a.m. local time, you can get your slice on the house by entering the promo code “FREESLICE” when checking out. They’re available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Cheesecake Factory will also be covering delivery fees during that giveaway, so there’s no extra charge for splurging on a slice from the comfort of home. The free delivery will run through the 11th, in case you aren’t able to score one of the free slices.
It’s been a minute since we saw something pop up from Panda Express, but delicious things come to those who wait. And for those who have been clock watching, Panda’s latest addition to their summer menu is what they’re calling Cheesecake Cream Tea.
Cheese Tea is already a widely popular trend in countries like China and Thailand, and select tea houses in the United States have begun offering the rich beverage.
However, this will be the first time a major chain like Panda Express puts their own spin on it. If it’s anything like the original beverage, Panda’s Cheesecake Cream Tea will have some sort of thick whipping cream made from milk and some variety of cheese. The company describes that it will have a sweet, velvety taste.
Tea flavors include your choice of cheesecake foam over Milk Tea, Green Tea, or Black Tea.
The Cheesecake Cream Teas will be available now through Aug. 27 exclusively at Panda + Tea and the chain’s Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA. While you’re there, I highly recommend pairing it with a bing wrap filled with Orange Chicken. It’s essentially an Orange Chicken Burrito.
Chrissy Teigan has become a goddess in the food world, as the model has positioned herself to be a go-to source for everyday recipes. That doesn’t make her infallible, though, and she recalled an embarrassing time when she served Kanye West a cheesecake that was barely a cheesecake.
Sure, we can lay claim to the Cronut (croissant donut) and Milky Bun (ice cream stuffed donut) as some of the craziest desserts to hail from the United States in recent memory. While our country is churning out fantastic and bizarre sweets week after week, our neighbors to the East have also been crushing it for centuries.
Check out some of the most unique desserts enjoyed in Asia that you may not even have heard of.
A classic Thai dessert, Khanom Chan literally translates to “layered dessert.” Similar to Woon Bai Toey (sweet coconut milk and pandan jelly), Khanam Chan boasts a gelatinous taste. Made from pandan leaves, sticky rice flour, and coconut milk, the dish is steamed and stacked together in multiple layers. Nine, a number of prosperity, is usually the amount of layers seen in the dessert.
The process of making Luk Chup is a bit tedious: grinding steamed mung beans into a paste, molding them into the shape of fruit, coloring them, and finally glazing them in gelatin. Still, once you’ve accomplished all those steps, you’re left with a plateful of vibrant desserts that look like candy versions of the real thing, each complete with different layers of flavor and textures originally intended for Thai royalty.
A classic Chinese dessert that can most commonly be found during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncakes are pastries filled with red bean or lotus seed paste. Each mooncake is imprinted with a variety of Chinese characters that stand for either “longevity” or “harmony.” You can also find the name of the bakery inside each cake.
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Also known as Broken Glass Gelatin, this vibrant dessert in the Philippines is made from condensed milk and a variety of colored Jello. Once it’s finished, it resembes “Broken Glass” or the stained windows of a majestic cathedral.
Woon Bai Toey
Made from the aromatic pandan leaf and coconut, Woon Bai Toey is a Thai gelatin dessert that boasts a creamy and nutty flavor with a chewy texture. The dessert typically follows a spicy Thai dish to help refresh the palate. FoodTravelTVEnglish shows you the step-by-step process to create this dessert.
A dessert soup or pudding that’s found in Vietnam, che is made from mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, tapioca, jelly, and aloe vera. Che Ba Mau is a variation of the dish that is comprised of three main ingredients as Ba Mau translates to “three colors.” Choice of beans vary as long as the three colors are distinct.
In the Philippines, leche flan is a celebrated dessert that originated as a Spanish dish. Made with condensed milk and egg yolk, the sweet dessert is steamed over an open flame. Unlike the Spanish variation of flan, the one served in the Philippines is much more rich — featuring more egg yolks and sugar.
A deep-fried Korean pastry, Yagkwa is made with wheat flour, honey, and sesame oil. Yagkwa originated as a medicinal cookie that’s soaked in honey. Because of how much honey it contains and being deep fried at low temperatures of 248-284 degrees F, the pastry is both moist and soft when you bite into it. ARIRANG CULTURE did a recipe video for those curious.
Patbingsu, or “red beans shaved ice,” is a Korean dessert made of shaved ice, ice cream, condensed milk, red beans, and fruit. The earliest known variation of the dessert dates back to the year 1392. Today, you can find the cold dessert at most Korean restaurants and dessert spots specializing in the icy treat, adorned with chopped bits of fruit and plenty of syrup.
A type of wagashi (a Japanese confection), higashi is made with rice flour. Featuring intricate designs, the sweet and starchy dessert can typically be found during tea ceremonies. The creation of wagashi desserts came after China began producing sugar and traded it with Japan.
A highly popular dessert that started out in Japan, the Raindrop Cake became immensely popular among social media stateside once it debuted at New York food market Smorgasburg by Chef Darren Wong. Made from water and agar, a vegan sort of gelatin, the cake resembles a giant raindrop. Typically, raindrop cakes are served with a roasted soybean flour and molasses or honey to add flavor.
Known for their fluffiness and distinct jiggle, Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecakes started in Japan over 30 years ago. These cheesecakes are made up of flour, eggs, cream cheese, sugar, baking powder, honey, butter, milk, and a special Australian cheese. The result is a super soft, rich, and flavorful cheesecake that’s got as much moves as a bowl of Jello! Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecakes became so popular that multiple franchises have sprouted all over the world to cater to the popularity of these moist wonders.
Looking to impress your Valentine this year with some decadent sweets… at a reasonable budget? Walmart has announced a line of exclusive chocolates that’s left our hearts thumping faster than a college drum line.
One in particular, White Chocolate Cheesecake M&M’s, has us panting like a hungry cartoon wolf. The pink and red candy-coated chocolates spotlight cheesecake and graham cracker flavors packed into a tiny sphere of sweetness.
Another exclusive Walmart chocolate includes a box of Hershey Conversation Kisses that lets you record and replay romantic Valentine’s Day messages. Just make sure to choose your words carefully. You can also get Skittles Hearts, which are a heart-shaped variation of the rainbow candy.
The White Cheesecake M&M’s ($2.88), Hershey Conversation Kisses Recordable Message Heart ($14.98), and Skittles Heart ($5.00) are available through the month of February.
Auntie Anne’s, the famed soft pretzel company, might finally get a step up on Wetzel’s Pretzels with their newest creation, the Matcha Green Tea Cheescake Pretzel. Bit of a mouthful, but surely this new delectable treat is too.
Although this pretzel is only coming out in Japan, the steady rise of matcha as a staple in many foods seems to be a trend that’s not going away any time soon, so a quick trip over the Pacific may be in store for these new additions to Auntie Anne’s family.
These new delights are stuffed with equal parts matcha cream and cheesecake cream, then rolled in crushed almonds to round out the flavor. The pretzel rolls will be sold for 420 yen (or $3.75). Unfortunately, this promotion only lasts until May 31st before it is removed from menus.