Peanut Butter Smackdown

It’s official – we have a final matchup set in the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs!

In the second semifinal, it was a battle of peanut butter chocolate cheesecakes – #2 seed Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple and #3 seed Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake.

Now, in our original scoring, we rated the 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake the highest, and we rated Adam’s #2.  You would think that a combination of these two – peanut butter with chocolate cake – would just make it even more delicilectable, but that would be just too easy!…

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake is really good, but it’s rich, and you’d be surprised how good a simple peanut butter chocolate cheesecake is, and how well it competes with total cheesecake richness.

Now, prior to the competition, Reese’s (or at least those that were looking for this to be a fair fight…) lodged a complaint against one of the judges.  Monroe had declared her intention to vote for Adam’s hours before the actual vote (bad Monroe…).  With no official governing body to weigh in on this (and especially since the cheesecakes can’t really do anything about it), it was decided that no significant harm was done, and that we’d “play on”!
I mean, anyway, we’re going to eat two pieces of cheesecake!  What’s the harm in that!?
So, we each took our shots at the peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, and as expected, Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple beat out Reese’s by a 2-1 vote.  Monroe and Stephanie each voted for Adam’s, while I cast my vote for Reese’s – basically, because I wanted it to seem like it was close.   Look, these are both fantastic cheesecakes, and it really depends on the mood you’re in at the time.  Reese’s is indeed rich, so if you’re not in the mood for that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” feeling, Adam’s might be your best bet…
So, the final matchup is set – no Cinderella story here…  #1 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake takes on #2 Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple.
Stay tuned!

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I currently serve as Vice President of Decision Science at CenturyLink. I've previously served as a leader in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PwC and as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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