The Perfect Cheesecake Bite For Spring

Sweet Tooth? No Problem!

Maybe you’re prepping for swimsuit season, maybe you’re still sticking to your New Year’s resolution (if so, big congrats!), but many folks these days are working to cut back on sugar and watching their calories.

And that’s the tough spot, right? You want to maintain your health goals, while still enjoying the little things in life… like cheesecake! 

Not to worry: if you’re looking for smaller portion sizes that will appease your sweet tooth without compromising your waistline, we have just the thing for you. Cheesecake Bites give you that perfect bite of sweet – without the huge portions or tempting leftovers.

In fact, we think they’re the perfect, light treat for spring!

 

Real.Good.Cheesecake (Bites.)

The first version of our Cheesecake Bites was inspired by our popular 3” Mini Cheesecakes. Those small, personal-sized cheesecakes were such a hit, we decided to experiment even more when it comes to personal-sized cheesecakes! We excitedly debuted our Cheesecake Bites – but you may be surprised to know that in the beginning, they came without the delicious chocolate covering. (We know, it’s shocking to even consider!) The chocolate-covered magic was sparked when a customer exclaimed, “Why don’t you cover them in chocolate?! That would be so good!” 

We were floored – and the customer was 100% correct! Now, the 8-pack of Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Bites has become a huge coast-to-coast hit, for a wide range of folks who love a sweet bite. 

For instance, check out this sweet story from a satisfied customer: 

“…I had been purchasing them primarily for my husband who has Parkinson’s. He’s in a period where nothing tastes good to him. But if he eats one of your cheesecake bites before his meal, (even though he says he doesn’t like cheesecake), the “bite” puts such a good flavor in his mouth that he wants to eat lots of other good things afterwards. I want to keep him eating, so lately, he’s been getting a “bite” before he eats all the time… Thank you for your help in my quest to keep my husband eating. (I and my neighbors also enjoy them!)”

We are so happy to provide high-quality, wholesome treats that are suitable for all lifestyles and patterns of eating. Everyone benefits from a delicious sweet treat – especially in a small and guilt-free portion!

 

Never Artificial, Always Delicious

Keeping with our commitment to excellence, our Cheesecake Bites are all-natural and handmade with only REAL ingredients, such as local fruit and real cane sugar, cream cheese, and butter. And our guarantee continues: you’ll never, ever find high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or artificial flavors or colors in our cheesecakes.

This means you’re in the clear – and you can enjoy with ease, knowing that our ingredients are 100% pure and whole foods. Sweet and satisfying – it’s a win! And you can rest easy,
knowing the wholesome ingredients and small portion
sizes won’t derail your fitness goals. 

 

Cheesecake: The Best Kind of Spring Fling

Our Cheesecake Bites are such a hit, we’ve expanded their menu to 12 fantastic flavors

 – including some light-and-lively flavors that are perfect for spring.

A few of our top recommendations for springtime are Lemon, Key Lime, and Coconut – each covered in a delicious chocolate coating and the perfect serving size for a quick bite (without the temptation to go overboard!). 

If you’re looking for a different type of flavor, we also offer our Cheesecake Bites in classic flavors like New York, Chocolate and Espresso. And we’ll give you a sneak peek:
we’re debuting a fantastic new flavor this fall – Maple Pecan!

Kroger, Publix, and Albertsons/Safeway stores carry a selection of our Cheesecake Bites. I would also encourage our audience to contact their local grocers to see if they carry our bites.


Find Your Store!

If your mouth is watering, you can easily purchase Chuckanut Bay Cheesecake Bites at your local Kroger, Publix, or Albertsons/Safeway store – and we provide our products to multiple local stores, too! Contact your market of choice to see if they carry Chuckanut Bay Cheesecakes and let us know which flavor’s your favorite! 

 

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Valentine’s Day: An Excuse to Eat Sweet

Welcome to February: the season of love, sweet treats, and tons of pink – the ultimate Hallmark holiday. And not everyone enjoys it…

In fact, you might have heard of Galentines’ Day, celebrated Feb. 13th with your closest friends – and for some of the single members of society, a better name for Valentine’s Day is S.A.D., or Singles Awareness Day

But in reality, it’s way more meaningful than pictures of cupids and cartoon hearts: Valentine’s Day has tons of history that make it fascinating. From the 3rd century to modern-day, Valentine’s Day has remained a beloved tradition – and a great reason to indulge in something sweet!

 

The Origin Story

Today’s Valentine’s Day celebrations center around love, but the original holiday was… just a little different. This event, called Lupercalia, was instituted by the ancient Romans and took place in mid-February – but that’s where the similarities end. 

Lupercalia originally celebrated a time of purification after winter, the arrival of spring and the birth of new things. It also included a 3rd-century version of “The Bachelor” – the pairing off of eligible men and women in a lottery format.

 

Though you’re probably not celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 3rd-century version of Speed Dating, you may be more familiar with the myth of St. Valentine…

 


The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Though there were a few saints named Valentine in the early 3rd century, one popular story involves a bishop named Valentine who lived in Terni, Italy, and was martyred in the year 270. According to myth, he wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and cured of blindness, and signed it, “from your Valentine” – and the first Valentine’s Day card was created! 

Another legend is even more compelling: during the time of St. Valentine’s martyrdom by Emperor Claudius II (also known as Claudius the Cruel), Rome was involved in multiple bloody and unpopular wars and skirmishes. Claudius struggled to maintain a strong military presence, and he believed that his men’s attachments to their wives and families were to blame… so he banned all engagements and weddings. 

St. Valentine rebelled against this unfair decree and married couples in secret, sparking the fury of Claudius the Cruel. Needless to say, his actions earned him his sainthood by the Catholic Church, and he remains so to this day.  

Celebrate with a Sweet Treat

Whether you’re celebrating S.A.D., Galentine’s Day, or sticking with the traditional February 14th romantic celebration, we believe it’s important to celebrate in style. What’s more romantic than giving your significant other a mini-cheesecake in their favorite flavor (may we suggest White Chocolate Raspberry, one of our most popular)? 

Or if you’re doing a girl’s night, show each of them how special they truly are by gifting a cheesecake that perfectly matches their personality: an Espresso cheesecake for your coffee-obsessed friend, a New York cheesecake for your classic-and-elegant sister, and a Pina Colada for that friend who wishes they were on vacation! 

The possibilities are endless – and nothing is more meaningful than a little intentional thoughtfulness!

Our delicious (and all-natural!) cheesecakes are available in many local stores across the United States – find yours here: https://www.chuckanutbay.com/where-to-find-us!

Real.Good.Cheesecake.

However you decide to celebrate, there’s no better time for a sweet treat – especially during a year when celebrating may look a little different. Luckily, you can support local business, invest in all-natural and wholesome ingredients, and show someone (even yourself!) that you care.

Enjoy the day, and tag us if you grab a Chuckanut Bay Cheesecake this year – we’d love to see your celebrations! 

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Fruitcake Holiday’s Favorite Treat

Fruitcake: Holiday’s Favorite Treat 

 

We’re going to say it: fruitcake gets a bad rap. Maybe it’s the fact that the expiration date is almost nonexistent, maybe it’s the stereotype of a rock-hard, sugary-sweet brick of cake. We get it. 

The good news is we’re here to change the narrative and say, fruitcake is an amazing part of the holiday season, and we can prove it!

Centuries of Fruitcake

Fruitcake has been around in various forms since the ancient Romans, who created their own pomegranate-barley granola bar (which, truthfully, sounds amazing). Fruitcake as we know it was born in the Middle Ages, with the addition of honey, spices, and dried fruit. 

Fruitcake became popular all throughout Europe, and nowadays countries from Bulgaria to the Bahamas enjoy the rich and spirited taste of fruitcake.

Chuckanut Bay Foods: Holiday Edition

Our rich, fruit-studded history with fruitcake began in 2008, the early days of Chuckanut Bay Foods. At that time,

 we were in the process of growing the cheesecake business you see today, and we wanted to make use of the kitchen and our awesome staff even on the slow season. 

And, like most things in life, it all started with a simple question we asked our local Haggen’s: “What else can we do for your bakeries?”

Their bakery was making fruitcake from scratch at the time, and looking to free up their team for other projects – so we stepped right in. 

Real.Good.Fruitcake.

During our testing period, we worked hard to create a similar-but-different fruitcake that incorporates all the most-loved elements of the traditional one… but without the overly-sugary flavor and heaviness! 

To begin, we perfected a delicious spice cake base – and of course, then came the cherries! We stuck with the traditional red-and-green, and our fruitcake became a twist on the original. Think, “cake with a few accent cherries”, instead of “entire cake made of cherries”.

But we didn’t stop there!

To align with our commitment to real ingredients, we also created a version of fruitcake that ditches the preserved fruit and emphasizes natural, healthy ingredients instead. 

In our All-Natural Fruitcake, you can enjoy the taste of the season through delicious candied orange peel, raspberries, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, strawberries, walnuts, pepitas, and more! 

Whether you prefer an upgraded taste of the classic, or are looking for a brand new twist, we think you’ll LOVE the fruitcake recipes we’ve developed – and you can indulge guilt-free, knowing both of these delectable fruitcakes are handmade from scratch by our dedicated team!

I had never even tried fruitcake because of the bad reputation, but this Thanksgiving I took a chance on yours and let’s just say wow. Absolutely delicious. Thanks so much and happy holidays!” – S.T.

Spruce Up Your Holiday

You can choose from the Natural Loaf, the tried and true Traditional Loaf, or even a fun-and-festive Wreath Loaf to spruce up your holiday table. And good news – our fruitcake is now available in over 1,000 stores across the country! The reviews are always glowing, and we’d love for you to experience one of our favorite parts of the Christmas season. 

“Just want to let you know how much my family enjoys your fruitcake. I bought it last Christmas for the first time at my local QFC store. I was so happy to find it again today. A very delicious product. Thank you.” 

– J.D. 

Give fruitcake a second chance – and start a whole new holiday tradition! 

Browse Fruitcakes

 

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A Pumpkin Paradise

The Best of Two Delicious Worlds

As Thanksgiving gets closer and closer this year, so does the desire for comfort food that brings us back to holidays spent with family and friends. 

We’re excited to introduce one of our favorite holiday flavors that combines two classic desserts – New York Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie. Meet the Paradise Pumpkin Pie, a family favorite of one of our co-owners Julie! 

Classic Thanksgiving, with a twist!

The magic began over a regular night and a regular dinner… 

Julie and Matt, two of our co-owners, were hard at work brainstorming a new seasonal flavor that would bring both nostalgia… and something just a little different!

I immediately thought back to my Aunt Marty’s Paradise Pumpkin Pie and suggested that we might want to offer it as an interesting flavor profile for the season,” Julie explains. 

For Julie, holidays mean food and family – and Aunt Marty’s pie was the highlight!

“When I think back to those special family get-togethers when I was a child, I alway remember the food! We have a large family and everyone would bring something no matter which house was hosting. Of course, my first thought was always, ‘Is Aunt Marty bringing her Paradise Pumpkin Pie?’

This combination of delight and comfort made Paradise Pumpkin Pie the perfect candidate to test out for our customers – and it’s become a hit!

 

The Process

When you’re a home baker, you can take as long as you like to trial-and-error the perfect recipe. However, when you are making thousands, 

the process cnnot take quite so long. Once again, our Research and Development team came to the rescue, spending months to create the absolute perfect proportion of flavor and texture! 

Now, Julie explains, “It sits on a graham crust instead of in a pie shell and when you cut into it, the dessert layers look beautiful. The taste is just as I remember it.”

Sounds like a win to us!

 

Comfort Food – Extra Comfort, Please

This year, we need a little comfort and normalcy – and luckily, this dessert accomplishes exactly that! 

We want our customers to experience the best of two quintessentially American desserts: The New York style cheesecake and the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. 

“I hope that they enjoy, just as I did when I was a child, the loving atmosphere of friends and family… And with the anticipation of the best sweet treat coming to close the meal!”

Cheers to that, Julie – and what a sweet treat it is! The layers of pumpkin pie and New York-style cheesecake complement each other perfectly – and the pecan streusel topper creates the most satisfying crunch and cinnamon-y flavor. It’s truly a win!

You know the saying… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! We like to switch it up a little and say, “If two things ain’t broke, put them together and make them even better” – and voila! This Paradise Pumpkin Cheesecake perfectly fits the bill of a dessert full of nostalgia, cheer, and holiday spirit, no matter what your holiday plans may be. 

You can find us at a wide variety of local and national grocery stores – see the full list here!

 

 

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Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good

Gluten-free is gaining a lot of traction these days, and Chuckanut Bay Foods is along for the ride. If you are one of the millions living the gluten-free lifestyle, dessert might be a challenge sometimes. But this doesn’t mean you don’t have some very tasty options. 

 

A growing need for gluten-free alternatives

For some, a gluten-free diet is just a step towards a more healthy lifestyle. But for the increasing number of people suffering from Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s a crucial element to their wellbeing. 

For those diagnosed with celiac disease – a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder – consuming gluten means destroying the lining of 

the small intestine. When this happens, absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream becomes next to impossible, which only leads to more serious health complications. 

Even the tiniest amount of gluten can have a huge impact on someone with celiac disease. By FDA standards, a product has to have less than 20 ppm (parts per million) to be considered gluten-free. This is the equivalent of one teaspoon in 65 gallons of liquid! While this might sound minuscule, long term exposure to even small amounts of gluten for those with celiac increases the risk of serious health problems. 

 

Our standards

We take that 20 ppm and cut it in half. Chuckanut Bay Foods is certified through the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. GFCO is one of the leading gluten-free certification programs in the world and also has some of the strictest standards. 

The GFCO standard is 10 ppm or less, half the level defined by the FDA. When you see our products carrying the GF logo, you can rest easy knowing it has met some of the strictest gluten-free standards around. 

View the certification document 

 

Our process means Gluten-free goodness every step of the way

Our gluten-free desserts require a very controlled process and special attention to be sure there is no contamination or contact with any gluten-containing ingredients. Before production can begin, our facility is fully sanitized to minimize the chance of any airborne gluten coming into contact with it. Then the real fun begins!

  1. The ingredients are gathered and measured by one employee and then double-checked by another.
  2. These ingredients are then mixed per their recipe and brought to the production line.
  3. The production line deposits the crust and batter per the specified weights for the product that is being produced.
  4. The GF products are baked in our ovens until they have reached the required temperature – this is first checked by a trained and qualified employee, then verified by another employee.

 

 

  1. The product is cooled, molds removed, and the weight recorded before going into our freezer.
  2. Our Food Safety Compliance Offer tests the finished product for gluten proteins then documents that the product has passed the gluten testing.
  3. The frozen product is then distributed to our packing employees by their packing supervisor and has a triple verification process before beginning to pack.
  4. Once the product is packed, it is palatalized onto the customer’s pallet and verified once more.

 

 

The Food Safety Compliance Officer documents each day that there is a run of gluten-free products produced. The test results are recorded and submitted to the Gluten Intolerance Group of America each quarter for review. And it doesn’t stop there…

Each year, we are also audited by the Gluten Intolerance Group of America. This process checks everything from our sanitation and manufacturing process to our testing and recall programs. They also look closely at our product and ingredient lists to ensure everything is up to the required standards. 

This highly controlled process and documentation guarantee our products continue to remain gluten-free from start to finish. 

 

Real.Good.Gluten-Free Cheesecake

The end result? Five different flavors of mouthwatering gluten-free desserts to choose from. Our Gluten-free options include New York, Pumpkin, Strawberry, Very Berry, and our signature Chocolate Truffle Cheesecakes – all made with our specialty crust crafted with Rice Flour, Potato Starch, and Tapioca. 

 

Can’t decide which flavor to choose? Get a little taste of each with our Gluten-Free Tuxedo, pairing New York with Chocolate Truffle, or our Gluten-Free Fabulous Four for a tasty assortment complete with Very Berry, Strawberry, New York, and Chocolate Truffle.

 

Since our traditional products use REAL ingredients without all the fillers that are often full of gluten, it was easy for us to make Gluten-Free Cheesecakes that meet the highest standards and taste great.

Find a gluten-free cheesecake near you

 

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