Transport yourself back to the World War II era with a culinary journey that embraces the resourcefulness and creativity of homemakers facing rationing challenges. In the midst of limited ingredients, the WW2 Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits offer a delightful and inventive twist on the traditional cheesecake. Rationing during this time impacted the availability of staples such as cream cheese, sugar, and butter, inspiring home cooks to reimagine classic desserts.

This adapted recipe features a modest amount of cream cheese sweetened with just enough sugar to create a luscious and satisfying layer. Blueberries, whether fresh or canned, provide a burst of flavor and color, adding a touch of sweetness to the parfait. The graham cracker crumbs serve as a base, reflecting a time when the availability of ingredients like butter for a traditional crust was limited.

As you layer these parfaits, imagine the ingenuity required to craft a dessert that could bring comfort and joy during challenging times. The final touch of whipped cream, while influenced by the availability of fresh cream, symbolizes the resilience of individuals finding ways to enjoy the simple pleasures in life despite wartime constraints.

Recreating these WW2 Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits not only offers a taste of history but also pays homage to the spirit of those who turned scarcity into an opportunity for culinary innovation. It’s a reminder that even in times of adversity, the human spirit can find joy and creativity in the kitchen.

WW Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits:


  • 1 cup cream cheese (rationing during WWII might have resulted in limited cream cheese, so adjust accordingly)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (rationing also affected sugar supply, so use it judiciously)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or canned, depending on availability)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (rationing could impact the availability of ingredients like butter for a traditional crust)
  • Whipped cream for topping (rationing might affect the availability of fresh cream)


  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined. Adjust the sweetness based on rationed sugar availability.
  2. In serving glasses or jars, layer graham cracker crumbs at the bottom.
  3. Spoon a layer of the cream cheese mixture over the crumbs.
  4. Add a layer of blueberries.
  5. Repeat the layers until the glass is filled, finishing with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
  6. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information (Per Parfait, approximately):

  • Calories: 250-300 kcal
  • Protein: 4-6g
  • Carbohydrates: 25-30g
  • Fat: 15-20g
  • Fiber: 2-4g

Keep in mind that these nutrition values are estimates and can vary based on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used. Additionally, the historical accuracy of a blueberry cheesecake parfait during WWII may be challenging to ascertain, but this recipe attempts to capture the essence of that time. Adjustments would have been made based on the availability of ingredients due to rationing efforts during the war.