13 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cheesecake Factory’s Cheesecake

The bakers are constantly working on new flavors

cinnabon cheesecakeCourtesy The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory’s executive pastry chef, Chris Radovan, has been with the company for more than 21 years, and every year he and the team introduce a new flavor (or two!) for National Cheesecake Day on July 30. The restaurant’s most recent additions were Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake, and Radovan was the mastermind behind other crowd favorites like Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake and Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake.

The dessert list has always been ridiculously long

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The food menu is about ten times as long as the original 1978 offerings, but its cheesecake list has always been impressive. The restaurant’s CEO, David Overton (son of the original baker, Evelyn Overton), says the Cheesecake Factory had a dozen types of its namesake dessert when it opened, but based on a 1978 menu, the list quickly expanded to a whopping 30 types of cheesecake. Here’s how to make 24 copycat recipes for your favorite restaurant items.

Some of those original varieties are off the menu

ghiardelli chocolate cheesecakeCourtesy The Cheesecake Factory

Unlike the food menu, which has grown and grown with minimal cuts, the cheesecake menu has evolved dramatically over time. You couldn’t find the ever-popular red velvet or celebration cheesecakes on the menu, but there were plenty of other mouth-watering options that have since disappeared, like Kahlua, apple cinnamon, Grand Marnier, and rocky road.

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