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Melliza’s tempting delights

Posted in Uncategorized by Erineus on February 25, 2009

You can’t help but fall in love with Cheesecake Melliza, the enticing flavors of these soft, yummilicious and tempting cheesecakes will definitely seduce your taste buds, and insinuate their way into your heart.

Melvyn Isidro, together with his close friends Shirley Luna, Robert Gonzales and Marlon Patling, had started it all in 2001. Belonging to this click of food trippers, Melvyn noticed how his friends threw a lot of money for these tasteful yet expensive cheesecakes. And then like a light-bulb in the dark, his suggestion to make and sell their own cheesecakes sounded like a brilliant idea to everyone.

Melvyn’s mom, the famous Melliza, brought home a special recipe of cheesecakes from London at the time. Their first finest cheesecakes were baked and whipped in Melvyn’s apartment, and their first patrons were their officemates. Cheesecake Melliza had initially four flavors—Blueberry, Mango, Strawberry and Oreo cheesecakes. These delicious treats had certainly made a craze, and word of mouth had made Glorietta Malls invite Cheesecake Melliza to exhibit their products in the Baker’s Fair in 2002.

A certain hit then, Cheesecake Melliza was automatically invited by Glorieta Malls to stay and open their first dining store in the mall’s food court. Now, Cheesecake Melliza has five outlets, and 10 mouthful flavors and a variety of sweets to choose from!

Cheesecake Melliza’s All Cheese is the classic baked cheesecake. “The difference of baked cheesecakes from those refrigerated ones [which were usually sold in other stores] is that it doesn’t melt quickly, and of course, we use pure cream cheese,” Isidro boasted. A lot of people use New York Cheesecake as a measuring stick of good cheesecake—and that’s exactly what Cheesecake Melliza serves. A New York-style cheesecake is made from pure cream cheese, cream, sour cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla. “With my mom’s recipe as the basic, we then added fruits, chocolates, nuts, etc. If your base is ok, it is easy to add other ingredients,” Melvyn added.

Their all-time best-seller is the Blueberry Cheesecake—a plain New York cheesecake generously topped with blueberries. Their Oreo Cheesecake—a creamy cake on an Oreo cookie crust, is a hit as well. Mango Cheesecake, with real mango bits, and their alluring Choco Moose literally sell like pancakes too!

I would bet that their Devil’s Food Cheesecake will surely top your list, because it’s like two desserts in one. Its first layer is the moist, alluring chocolate cake, and the second layer is the classic New York cheesecake, iced with butter cream and chocolate fudge. Their Wet Dreams Chocolate Cake, a two-layered cake covered with chocolate butter and smothered with ganache is set to win you over as well.

The Cheesecake Melliza’s original recipe, Mukies, a combination of muffin and cookie, loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts, is sweet and nice to anyone’s taste buds. The Revel Bars—oatmeal bars swirled with choco fudge—are inviting too. While the famous Scandal Bars, another original recipe of chocolate caramel over a chocolate crust topped with walnuts and chocolate chips, is another crazy treat, once described by a customer as “nakaka-iskandalo sa sarap.”

A new lineup of cakes awaits the customers, too. Strawberry Shortcake, Blackforest, Choco-Almond Cake, Tiramisu and Carrot Cake will definitely make you fall in love. Coffee mixes and cold drinks are served, too, of course.

All the treats here are fairly delicious, not too sweet or anything like that. And if you’re too weight-conscious, sugar-free products are served anyway. Plus, you can buy assorted slices of flavors in a box, and yeah, everything sold in here is way, way affordable.

Cheesecake Melliza stores are located at the Food Choices in Glorieta 4, Robinson’s Midtown in Manila, Mall of Asia, Greenhills and Kamagong Street, Makati City.

By Marane A. Plaza


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