A creamy, fluffy, strawberry flavoured cheesecake with bits of Kiss chocolate hiding inside. You thought I’d come up with a cool name didn’t you?
Kiss is a Greek chocolate bar with a strawberry and milk filling. It’s been around forever, and is considered quite a retro candy bar. Its filling is sticky, gooey and totally yummy. I thought it would go nicely with this cheesecake, which gets its flavour from strawberry milk powder. The result is pure bliss. The cream is dreamy, since I’ve used both cream cheese and mascarpone with the whipped cream, and makes you just want to dive in with a spoon and eat the whole thing. I chose petit beurre biscuits (cookies) for the base, which are buttery and fairly plain tasting, to complement the light taste of the strawberry. I think all the ingredients are well suited to each other and the fact that I didn’t really want to share the cheesecake with anyone else, well, that kind of tells me I am right.
Now, I understand it’s probably tricky for many of you to find retro Greek chocolate bars. There is a similar product that could work here, it’s called Lila Pause and it has a strawberry yogurt filling. From a quick google search I also found a possible substitute in the US, called 3 Musketeers Minis Strawberry. I’ve no idea what that’s like, but it looks similar in the picture. Otherwise, either find something that you think would be suitable, or just omit it altogether. The cheesecake will be just as gorgeous without the extra chocolate. For purposes of food styling I decorated the cake with broken pieces of meringue (store bought) and mini pink marshmallows. I took these off to eat the cake since it really doesn’t need all the extras. I’d say make the cream and then see if and how you want to embellish it.
I feel I haven’t stressed enough how gorgeous this cheesecake is. It’s hard to describe. Do you know what I mean when I say it’s like a fluffy pink cloud? And that it’s a cheesecake fit for a Disney princess? Which one wears pink? I’m into dog toys, not little girl toys so excuse the lack of basic princess knowledge! Saying that, please don’t think little boys wouldn’t like it. Or big boys for that matter. It could actually be a good option for Valentine’s, just decorate with fresh strawberries to get a bit of the obligatory red colour in there! Whatever your reason, please give it a try.