June 16, 2015
Local In-A-Jar Cheesecake Business Ready For Success
By Nicole Heubusch
Husband and wife team Joseph and Le’Ann Jackson are bringing a unique and fun concept to the area, cheesecake in a jar. For just $5 customers can purchase a glass jar filled with an entire slice of cheesecake from Le’Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More. Cheesecakes can also be customized, and it offers different bottom choices like chocolate chip brookie (brownie and cookie) bottom, and different toppings like salted caramel, pineapple, peanut butter and more. Also available are gluten-free cheesecakes.
The couple is Brandon based, and while they are looking for a space in Brandon to sell their desserts, customers can currently find them at local farmers markets. Shoppers will find the Le’Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More table at the Ybor Daily Market at 1920 East 7th Ave Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. They also attend other markets in the area, anywhere from Sarasota to Clearwater.
“One of the more popular cheesecakes people buy at the Ybor Daily Market is what we call the ‘breakfast cheesecake’. It has a maple bottom with a bacon caramel topping,” said Joseph.
The Jacksons have been in business for eight months, and Joseph quit his job to give his full attention to their start-up business.
“We love doing this. I feel like I’m not working anymore; just living,” he said.
The couple uses a top secret cheesecake recipe, one that Le’Ann was not even privy to until she married her husband.
“My family uses a secret ingredient in our cheesecakes and only family knows it. When we got married, Le’Ann received the family cookbook and only then did he learn the recipe,” explained Joseph.
Le’Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More offers catering and delivery. Delivery is free with a minimum if 12 jars (equal to a whole cheesecake). Also available are cannolis and brookies, as well as many other dessert items. The company partners with Jason’s Firehouse Hot Sauce and Gigi’s Gourmet Caramels and is currently looking to partner up with local farmers to use their fresh ingredients for its desserts.
Customers can currently find these one of a kind cheesecakes in a jar at Cali Viejo, located on State Rd. 60 in Brandon, offering a Spicy Guava cheesecake, and Mobile Meals.