What’s better than classic chocolate covered strawberries? Cheesecake filled chocolate covered strawberries. They look delicious, taste divine, and no one has to worry about eating around the leafy tops. Oh – and they’re super easy to make. Seriously. In a grand total of 20 minutes, you can create a dessert that everyone will love, making them perfect for even the busiest schedule.
1 pint of strawberries
½ bag of chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of milk
Sliced almonds (optional)
Crushed graham crackers (optional)
Ancient Greece was a pretty neat place. It was where the Parthenon was created, where public baths were still socially accepted, and where the world’s favorite dessert was first concocted. Cheesecake’s story starts on the isle of Samos between the 7th and 8th centuries BCE. It was there that people began pounding cheese into a thick paste, sweetening it with honey, and setting it into a crust of wheat. Ah, the first cheesecake. It was baked, cooled, and then consumed.
It’s said that during the 1st Olympic Games, in 776 BCE, cheesecakes were passed out to the sportsmen to supply them with the strength they needed to compete the various tasks at hand. From there, well, cheesecake sort of took off because it was just that good – even back in the day.
After the Romans occupied Greece, the recipe really caught on. As their empire grew, enveloping the majority of modern-day Europe, Romans spread the recipe for cheesecake. (You know that old saying, “when ruled by Rome…”) Anyway, around 160 BCE, the first cheesecake recipe was jotted down by Marcus Porcius Cato in his book De Agri Cultura. The book is often referred to as a farmer’s manual, as it depicts rural life and the recipes that require farm products. Cheese, being produced on a farm and the backbone of all that is good, was thus a ready ingredient for these farmers, making cheesecake easy to produce and popular in the countryside.