The pudding and cream cheese-based filling in no-bake cheesecake is much lighter than classic, New York-style cheesecake, which requires baking and results in a thick, rich filling. Look for packaged no-bake cheesecake mixes in the dessert aisle or make your own from scratch. While no-bake cheesecake is delicious eaten plain, you might like to add a topping to complement the creamy cheese center. The freezer section of your grocery store offers frozen dessert topping options, including frozen fruits and whipped topping. Other options, such as candy and chocolate, are easier to use as cheesecake topping if you freeze them beforehand.
Frozen berries, including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and mixed berry blends, are the ideal topping for no-bake cheesecakes. Frozen peaches or cherries dress up your dessert well, too. For a refreshing summer treat, top a no-bake cheesecake with frozen or slightly thawed fruit straight out of the bag. Or add frozen fruit to a saucepan with a bit of water and sugar to taste, and cook for 10 to 20 minutes until the fruit breaks down like a jam with syrup. Pair the warm fruit sauce with a cold slice of no-bake cheesecake.
2. Whipped Topping
Top cheesecake with non-dairy whipped topping, sold in the freezer section at the grocery store. While frozen whipped topping products do contain small amounts of dairy, they are mostly made of vegetable oil, water and corn starch. Simply scoop out a spoonful of frozen whipped topping onto the no-bake cheesecake and dig in. For a fancier presentation, fill a pastry bag with the thawed topping and squeeze small dollops over the entire cheesecake.
Crushed candy makes a no-bake cheesecake extra special and extra sweet. Chocolate-covered candies pair especially well with the smooth, creamy cheesecake filling. Chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, peanut brittle and candy bars with caramel filling are just a few of options to try. For ideal toppings, pop the candy in a sealable plastic bag and place the bag in your freezer for about an hour to harden. Before serving, lay the bag on a cutting board and use a meat mallet to break the candy into small pieces. Let your kids decorate the cheesecake with the candy pieces, if they don't devour them first.
4. Chocolate Shavings
Chocolate shavings are decorative and tasty toppings for cheesecake. Use a vegetable peeler to shave pieces from a chocolate bar at room temperature. Freeze the chocolate first and use a zester or grater for smaller shavings. Choose sweet, milk chocolate or bittersweet dark chocolate, depending on the how sweet you like the dessert.
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