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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Spring is upon us, bringing the sweet smell of the outdoors and the permission to trade the long johns for a light jacket. Spring ushers in a time of reawakening, allowing us to replace the dust of winter with perfect springtime flavors. Now’s the perfect time to “spring” into a little decadent splurge, and nothing says “splurge” quite like cheesecake.

Don’t think of this lavish dessert as a “cheat” because you and your date have earned it! Cheesecake for two makes for a great Date Night, be it topped with strawberries, chocolate or cookie crumbs. And New Jersey serves up some of the best in the nation.

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Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night loaded with creamy satisfaction!

House Built on Love

If you don’t believe that the perfect cheesecake can lead to love, just ask the owners of Yhanne’s House of Cheesecake in Clayton. The love story of Chef Yhanne and his wife Tiffany began with a homemade cheesecake and ended with a marriage and a new business.

You’ll fall in love with their astounding selection of cheesecakes, from amaretto to sweet potato. If you like a classic you can’t go wrong with cherry cheesecake. If chocolate is your thing, the chocolate ganache cheesecake is just the ticket.

For more information about Yhanne’s House of Cheesecake, visit

The Perfect Pair

Marc’s Cheesecake in Glen Rock serves up some amazing cheesecakes with unexpected flavors as well as an unexpected bonus. You and your date will love the classic cheesecake, but with choices like key lime, banana coconut cream and chocolate peanut butter cup, decisions must be made. Be sure to check out Marc’s seasonal offerings including peach, raspberry, blackberry and eggnog cheesecakes, too.

As for the unexpected bonus… you and your date can enjoy your cheesecake with a side of house-made ice cream! With flavors options like molasses chip and coffee cookie crunch, you’re sure to create the perfect pairing.

For more information about Marc’s Cheesecake, check out their Facebook page at

The Perfect Serving

Appetites vary and at Anthony’s Cheesecake in Bloomfield you can choose both the flavor and the size. Ranging from just a piece to a large cake, the cheesecake assortment will automatically make you want to order more than one.

The black and white cheesecake is reminiscent of the cookie — but SO much better. Innovative choices include rice pudding cheesecake with a cinnamon swirl, and fresh fig, goat cheese and honey pistachio cheesecake. Chocolate lovers will swoon over the slutty brownie cheesecake, with layers of chocolate chip cookie dough, brownies and Oreos.

For more information about Anthony’s Cheesecake, visit

The Unexpected Never Tasted So Good

Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering in Ringoes is the perfect answer to cheesecake on the go. Ordering a cake is simple, and comes with serving instructions for the perfect plate.

Besides classics like vanilla or chocolate chip, you’ll also find Keto-friendly vanilla cheesecake (only 15 carbs made with no sugar, pure dairy and natural ingredients, including a crushed almond crust). You and your date will also discover that cheesecake doesn’t have to be on a plate thanks to their cheesecake sticks, including one covered with fresh bacon bits and another with toasted coconut.

For more information about Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering, visit

It’s OK to Splurge on the Great Stuff

There’s really no gray area when it comes to cheesecake — either it’s extremely good or pretty darned bad.  We’ve all been there… we can’t wait to take a bite of the freshly served cheesecake and when we do the feeling of disappointment envelops us when it’s not that great.

The same can be said about dating. We get excited, get ready and 10 minutes after you meet your freshly served date you’re ready to bolt.

It’s OK to put down the fork and excuse yourself.

Not all dates live up to the hype generated through online conversations and certainly not through the photographic evidence their profile provides. Like cheesecake, sometimes it’s a home run and others it’s a total miss. The good news is that New Jersey has plenty more dates and cheesecake just waiting for you to try.

Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit

What’s your idea for a great New Jersey Date? Tell Craig all about it at


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