The Cheescake Factory – Some cheesecakes use beef gelatin

Update as of Thursday January 5, 2012 via Sameer Eats:

date Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM
subject Greetings! 408007

Dear Sameer:

It’s so nice to hear from you again. Thank you for your continued interest in The Cheesecake Factory! To answer your question, several of our cheesecakes do contain animal gelatin. The majority of those use beef gelatin, however two varieties do contain pork gelatin: our 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake and our Lemoncello Cream Torte.

As with most high end pastries and desserts, we have chosen products containing gelatin over products containing a host of gums and artificial additives. Gelatin is not added directly to any of our desserts, rather it is a sub ingredient in one of the essential ingredients in these cakes. The amount would be considered trace.

We continue to search for and test ingredients that contain neither, however at this time a suitable substitution has not been found. In the interim, I have provided a list below for our cakes which do contain animal gelatin. I hope that this information is helpful and will allow you to continue to enjoy our wonderful desserts.

Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake
Brownie Sundae Cheesecake
Godiva Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Dulce De Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel
White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake
Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake
Lemoncello Cream Torte
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake


Shannon Powers
Guest Services, Consultant


Got this in an email:

Thank you for your interest in The Cheesecake Factory. About half of our cheesecakes contain beef gelatin. None of our desserts that we serve in our restaurants contain pork gelatin. The following cheesecakes contain beef gelatin:

Original Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Brownie Sundae Cheesecake
Godiva Cheesecake
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake
Key Lime Cheesecake
Dulce De Leche Caramel Cheesecake
Low Carb Cheesecake
Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel

The rest of our cheesecakes do not contain any gelatin. If you have any further questions, please let us know at your earliest convenience. I hope that you will visit us soon and enjoy some of our wonderful cheesecake!


Valarie Newell
Guest Services Coordinator

So for the Muslim meat only eaters, the above cheesecakes can’t be in your stomach, but if you take the “AK” way (eating from the ahlul kitab aka people of the book) then continue to enjoy your cheesecakes.

I love cheesecake!

EDIT: For those who don’t know of the two opinions, please see it here.

16 Replies to “The Cheescake Factory – Some cheesecakes use beef gelatin”

  1. I don’t understand this post… so the cheesecakes listed are the ones that we cannot eat if one follows the stricter interpretation of ‘halal’?

  2. lol – wayta represent for the Pakistani’s and our english comprehension skills.

    Yeah, that list of food is not permissible for those who eat a stricter zabiha diet.

    But you shouldn’t eat cheesecake anyways – it’s complete crap that will harden your arteries and make you die faster.

  3. Salaam,

    What the definition of “ahlul kitab aka people of the book” because in western market you cannot guarantee who is Ahul Kitab because the person can be atheist but his/her name can be christian or the person who is slaughtering can be Hindu, Buddhist etc so if you are even .5% in doubt you shouldn’t tough that food.

  4. That makes since. I figured there was gelatin in those types. My favourite is still the chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cheesecake. I should really only be eaten once a decade it’s so bad for you, but it tastes awesome.

  5. man cheesecake is so friggin good. it’s no worse than the ghee-filled biryani or double cheeseburgers we eat.

    i wanna learn how to bake it at home so i don’t have to worry about halal/zabiha/etc. we did that with cakes, pastries, ice cream and even bread and so on at home over the past few years, and now everything is all natural.

    it’s easy, once you get the hang of it. and everything tastes much better. the best way to start is bake a few cookies (my favorite is good old chocolate chip) and move up to other more difficult things.

    an ice cream maker is also a good investment ($20 for the one you put ice and plug in and about $40-50 for an electric one that you just plug in and don’t have to worry about ice).

    you can make some serious flavors. don’t stop at vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. have you ever tasted fresh mango ice cream?

    once you start this trend, other family members and friends will pick up and you’ll begin to shudder at trying to eat store-bought preserved baked goods, ice cream and so on.

    i was skeptical at first, but don’t knock it till you try it.

  6. I’m pretty sure if the meat is to be made Halal by Ahl Kitab they have to mention Allah’s name when slaughtering it.

    There is an exception in the Shafi’i school whereby if the slaughterer of the meat is a Christian whose Christian ancestry dates to before Islam his meat is halal even if he does not mention Allah’s name. (For example Arab Christians).

  7. amir, you are on vacation and that means away from the computer, get off the internet and enjoy the sunshine in cali

  8. Br. Mohammed Khan I think that only counts to chicken meat not other meat and even in that only minority scholars of Shafi’i school agree with and other are in same opinion of not eating. If I am wrong please correct me.

  9. MonkeyNurse,

    Cheesecake is one of the easiest things to make on your own. Easier than cookies in my opinion. So if you want to make sure it’s halal, go ahead and mix it up yourself. Here’s recipe I enjoy:

    1 cup of graham crackers
    3 tablespoons of butter, melted
    2 tablespoons of sugar

    bake for 5min at 325F (170C)

    3 packages of cream cheese
    1 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons flour (not heaping but full)
    2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    1/2 tea spoon of vanilla extract
    3 large eggs

    Put 3 pkgs of cream cheese in bowl. Mash up until there’s no lumps
    Add sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon juice to bowl. Mash up ’til no lumps again. Add eggs (one at a time) after adding each making sure the lumps are minimal (it’s ok if there’s some though)

    spoon filling into crusts
    Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
    Back for 5 minutes then turn oven to 250F(130C) and back for 17-19 minutes until the outside is firmish and inside is still wiggly and gelly like. A trick is to put a knife in the middle and see how firm it is.

    Run a knife around outside edge right away, but leave in tray. Let cool on counter and then place in fridge for atleast one hour. Add toppings.

  10. Modern Girl,

    I saw on your recipe that you use vanilla extract… I read that vanilla extract, whether pure or artificial is Haram because in the process of making it, alcohol is used. One recipe I saw for homemade vanilla extract used vodka… That’s something to consider when making your cheesecake, cookies and whatever else is made with it. I also found out marshmellows are haram because they’re made with gelatin too.

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