Read on to see what people around the world eat to satisfy their sweet-tooth cravings with these 15 amazing desserts inspired by countries around the world.
1. Crème Brûlée – France
Crème brûlée, also known as burnt cream or Trinity cream, is a favorite dessert all over France. It consists of a rich, creamy custard base topped with a texturally complementing layer of hard, crunchy caramelized sugar.
It is usually served chilled; the heat from the caramelizing process makes the top of the custard slightly warm while leaving the center cool. In French cuisine, the base of the custard is traditionally flavored with vanilla but can have other flavorings. It can also be garnished with fruits.
2. S’mores – America
Nothing is perfect for a campfire than s’mores, a treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of one or more toasted marshmallows and a layer of chocolate placed between two pieces of graham crackers or cookies.
Everybody has their own favorite way of roasting marshmallows. But whether you lightly burn the sweet meringue or catch it on fire, it tastes absolutely wonderful with its chocolate and graham cracker sandwich.
3. Gelato – Italy
Gelato is an Italian version of ice cream that is more like soft-serve than traditional American ice cream. It is generally made with a base of 3.25% milk and sugar. It is usually lower in fat and contains 70% less air and more flavoring than other kinds of frozen desserts, making it dense and rich that distinguishes it from others. Gelato comes in very a wide variety of flavors.
4. Tarta de Santiago – Spain
Tarta de Santiago, a Spanish dessert literally meaning cake of St. James, is an almond cake that originated in the Middle Ages in Galicia. The filling chiefly consists of ground almonds, eggs, and sugar, with the additional flavoring of lemon zest, sweet wine, brandy, or grape marc. It is round in shape and can be made with or without a base that can either be puff pastry or shortcrust pastry. It is topped with powdered sugar, masked by an imprint of the cross of St. James, hence the name of the cake.
5. Mochi – Japan
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, (glutinous rice that is pounded into a paste and molded into the desired shape) and other ingredients such as water, sugar, and cornstarch. It is often wrapped around a small scoop of ice cream.
While it is available all year round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is most commonly sold and eaten during that time.
6. Banoffee Pie – England
Banoffee is a delicious English dessert pie made with bananas, cream, and toffee (made from boiled condensed milk or dulce de leche), combined on a base of buttery biscuits. Some versions also include chocolate, coffee, or both.
7. Brigadeiros – Brazil
Brigadeiros, a traditional dessert in Brazil, is almost similar to a truffle. It is made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and the outside layer is covered by chocolate sprinkles. It is popularly eaten during major Brazilian celebrations or events.
8. Belgian Waffle – Belgium
As the name suggests, Belgian waffles originate in Belgium and are a very common street snack throughout the country.
These waffles are often eaten as breakfast; toppings vary from whipped cream, confectioners’ sugar, soft fruit, and chocolate spread, to syrup and butter. They can also be topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit (most commonly strawberry) as a dessert but best eaten when warm and topped with powdered sugar or Nutella.
9. Gulab Jamun – India
Gulab Jamun is one of the favorite desserts in India. It is commonly eaten at festivals, birthdays and marriages, the Muslim celebrations of Eid ul-Fits and Eid al-Adha, and the Hindu festival of Diwali (the Indian festival of light), and other major celebrations.
Best described as donut holes dipped in a sugary syrup, Gulab Jamun is made with milk powder and traditionally fried in ghee which is a type of butter and not oil. It gets its brownish red color from the sugar content in the milk powder called khoya.
In other types of this dessert, sugar is mixed in the batter and after frying, the caramelized sugar gives it its dark, almost black color called kala jam or “black jam.” There are many other types of Gulab Jamun and every variety has a distinct taste and appearance.
10. Sachertorte – Austria
If Austria is known for one kind of dessert, it is the Sachertorte. It is a dense chocolate cake or torte originated in Austria. It is invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Metternich in Vienna. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties and until today, the recipe is still only known by confectioners at the Hotel Sacher.
11. Lamingtons – Australia
A lamington is an Australian dessert that is made from squares of butter cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. The thin mixture is absorbed into the outside of the cake and left to set, giving the cake a distinctive texture. A common variety of this dessert has a layer of cream or strawberry ham between two lamington halves.
12. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte – Germany
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte literally means Black Forrest cherry torte and originates in Germany’s southwest Black Forest region. It typically consists of several layers of chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and cherries. It is garnished with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings.
13. Polvoron – Latin America, Spain and the Philippines
Polvoron is a cute, powdered cookie that crumbles at the slightest touch, these shortbread treats are beloved from Manila and Mexico City.
In the United States, a version of these cookies is often called Mexican wedding cookies, but it would be a shame to eat them on special occasions alone. Polvorón is the kind of simple treat that is desirable as an afternoon snack or piled onto a dessert tray, where they can hold their own against the world’s greatest cookies.
14. Sticky Rice with Mango – Thailand
A ripe, tender dish of sticky rice with mango is among the world’s most perfect desserts. This traditional dessert consists of the glutinous rice that is grown in paddies across Southeast Asia, and the starchy grains combined with rich coconut milk and palm sugar for a treat that retains a chewy bite even when it is perfectly soft.
A genuine Thai sticky rice with mango has are two favored varieties: choose between nam dok mai; asweet, yellow fruit that is amazingly curvaceous, or aok rong; which has higher acidity and offers a pleasant contrast to the sweet rice.
15. Trifle – United Kingdom
Trifle is an English dessert made with tender layers of sponge cake soaked in sherry, alternate with jam, custard, and almost anything sweet and delicious anyone has on hand as long as it is topped with whipped cream or more traditionally, syllabub.
The name ‘trifle’ dates back to at least the 16th century and is probably older, though the ingredients of the dessert have evolved.