Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake is better than it has a right to be.
Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake is unassuming on the menu, reasonably priced at $2.99. I’m not a snob, but I also have insanely low expectations for fast food desserts. Sometimes they taste like semi-pleasant approximations of the food they’re called, and rarely are they worth reviewing.
All that said, Popeyes enraptured social media with a chicken sandwich and the hype was legit. Popeyes also isn’t new to cheesecake. And while I am in no way denying that I order the Mardi Gras cheesecake, it’s got big fast food vibes:
It’s fine. But it’s not like a cheesecake really, only in passing. If it’s all that’s going, I’ll eat it. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “bitter disappointment,” but I get it.
Not Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake. Its got a fantastically firm crust that’s pretzel-like, and it’s in the circular container like the cakes they have sometimes.
There’s really no way around referencing “mouthfeel” here, I’m sorry. And Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake has an undeniably authentic texture. None of those flaked off bits of cheesecake filling, it cuts like a “real cheesecake.”
I must further admit that if I had not purchased and opened the Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake myself, I’d think it was from a sit-down restaurant. It’s only 318 calories, modest for a cheesecake and likely owing to its petite size. This is not a fluffy, flimsy cheesecake.
Moreover, I really feel like you could decant this carefully into mini mason jars on the sly and pass it off as dinner party dessert. Judgement call, really. But it could definitely pass for semi-handmade or something from a decent bakery.
If you (like me) have a kid addicted to their chicken fingers, Popeyes Strawberry Cheesecake is definitely worth trying for $3 and ~300 calories. You can even buy two if you’re really hungry. And welcome to my new series, “better than it has a right to be.”