Searching around on blogs one day last week, I came across a post about Charlie's Cheesecake Works. Or more importantly a kgb deal offering two 12-packs of their Cheesecake Poppers for the price of one (normally $9.50 each).
I had never heard of kgb deals so I had to check them out. You register and then they send you coupon deals in your area. That day the deal was for Charlie's Cheesecake Works and the buy one get one free for their Poppers. I figured that little mini-cheesecakes would be the perfect dessert to take to the Super Bowl party we had been invited to so I grabbed Mr. L last Saturday and we headed to Charlie's.
It's in a small shop located in a strip mall. The sign on the roof just says "Cheesecakes". We were greeted warmly by a gentleman who said his name was Charlie (so I'm going to assume he was the big cheese!). There was no problem using our discount coupon. Charlie even told us he had a rule that we couldn't buy cheesecakes from him without taste testing first and he handed each of us a Cheesecake Popper. These came frozen right out of the freezer. Charlie even said he was having a special deal for the Super Bowl that day...for another $5 he'd throw in an additional eleven poppers and give us his special box of 35. Can you say deal? 35 of the Cheesecake Poppers for less than fifteen bucks.
Cheesecake Poppers are little mini bite size (1 ounce) cheesecakes. At about a 100 calories each, they come in the stores most popular flavors. They come frozen, and though Charlie and Mr. L like to eat them crunch frozen right out of the freezer, I preferred mine to sit five or so minutes to get that smooth, soft texture of a cheesecake. (Most folks seem to prefer them more on the frozen side, but to each his own). I've tried the Blueberry, Raspberry, Cappuccino, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry and liked each one, though my favorite has to be the Cappuccino so far. I liked the fact that the flavors weren't so overwhelming and the cheesecakes weren't overly sweet.
Charlies Cheesecake Works has been around since 2002. They actually make the cheesecakes there in the shop. They use all natural real California cream cheese and the vanilla they use is made in house. You can have cheesecakes shipped to you or pick them up in house (their website has a form to fill out). The list of flavors of cheesecake you can get is impressive...Amaretto, Bailey's Chocolate, Blueberry, Cappuccino, Caramel, Cherries Jubilee, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Marble, Chocolate Turtle, Double Chocolate, Eggnog, Grand Marnier, Irish Cream, Kahlua and Cream, Key Lime, Lemon, Lemon Biscotti, Mango, Mocha, Mocha Chip, Peach, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Raspberry Chocolate, Raspberry White Chocolate, Silicon Valley Classic, Snickers, Strawberry and Tiramisu. Whew, so many to choose from (I'm thinking Amaretto or Snickers next time we go). You can get a big 9 ounce cheesecake that feeds 16 for $29.95, they do sell 4 ounce versions called Charlies Bambinos for $3.95.
The little poppers worked perfect for the Super Bowl party. I was able to take out small portions of the cheesecakes poppers at a time to put on the table for dessert. Folks were able to choose which flavor they wanted to try and the kids got a kick out of the size of the poppers. And we were able to figure that each cheesecake popper was 3 Weight Watcher points (which meant those trying to watch their weight could still get a little bit of decadent dessert without being tempted by a large slice of cheesecake).
I think the Cheesecake Poppers would be great to have at a party, take to a potluck, use at a buffet dinner or a kids party. I'm looking forward to my next event that I need to bring a dessert so I can buy one of the full size cheesecakes to try out.
If you happen to need gluten-free products, the store had a refrigerator to the right when you walked in the door stocked with different gluten-free items (pizza crust, pasta, breads etc).
Totally loved the Poppers, the service was excellent, and since this place is actually close to where I live...yep, I'll be going back to Charlies Cheesecake Works again!
Charlies Cheesecake Works
1179 Redmond Ave.
San Jose, 95120