And The Champion Is…

On the night of the BCS National Championship, when Oregon is taking on Auburn, we’re about to crown the champion of the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs. (At least one sport has the courage to have a playoff to determine its champ!…).

So the matchup pits the #1 seed 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake against the #2 seed Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple!  A battle of the big dogs!

These two offerings fought off upstarts like the lowest seed #12 Oreo Cheesecake and the seasonal favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake.  They even had to overcome defenders of the old guard Original Cheesecake on their way to the championship game!

So, the Farris Family picked up a piece of each and sat down to make our selections.  Before we got started, unlike in the previous semifinal match, Monroe clearly said that she wasn’t going to bias herself and vote for Adam’s before we even take a single bite of cheesecake…

However, things weren’t looking good for the playoff favorite!  30th Anniversary is a chocolate cake and cheesecake mix, but Adam’s has fudge and peanut butter, and going into the prize fight, Stephanie said that she “was in a peanut butter mood”.  Whoa Nellie!!

So, forks in hand, we each dove in and then made our picks.  Stephanie, consistent with her initial mood, selected Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple.   Although each tasted fantastic and it was a tough call, I decided on 30th Anniversary – for me, the chocolate overcame the peanut butter fudge on this day…

As it happens, the final vote came down to Monroe (as it probably should for an 11 year old…).  And the champion is…

An upset!  Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple!

So, peanut butter trumps chocolate and Adam sits atop the cheesecake world as the champion of the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs!  (Way to go, Adam!)

The process was delicious (can a process actually be delicious? Well, I guess this one was!…), and we’ve had a great time!  To all the competitors, thanks for playing – better luck next year.

Will there be another Cheesecake Playoffs?  Time will tell, but our metabolisms probably need a little time off.  But who knows?  We may be up for another round!…

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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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