40 Delicious and Scrumptious Desserts From All Around the World

40 Delicious and Scrumptious Desserts From All Around the World

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you better buckle up because we’re about to take you on the most mouth-watering, sweet ride. As we travel around the globe, we’re going to explore different delicious desserts home to various countries. From creamy concoctions to fruity fancies, there’s something perfect for everyone on this list. Let’s not wait any longer - here are 40 amazing desserts from all over the world.

1. Tiramisu - Italy

Italy, a country renowned for its art and architecture, is also known for another delectable dessert…Tiramisu! This creamy delight consists of multiple layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers with rich mascarpone cheese, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, and a hint of rum or marsala wine. The name “Tiramisu” fittingly translates to “pick me up”, as this delicious treat will definitely put you in a good mood.

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2. Baklava - Middle East & Greece

Thin flaky layers of pastry, generously filled with chopped nuts, and sweetened with honey or syrup, that’s Baklava for you! Often topped with pistachios or walnuts, this yummy dessert packs a crunch and sweetness that will have you coming back for more.

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3. Gulab Jamun - India

Completely drenched in a sugary syrup after being deep fried, these soft, spongy balls of milk solids are a favourite Indian dessert. Often enjoyed warm, Gulab Jamun’s comforting sweetness and cardamom essence make it a festive delight. It’s not your typical doughnut - it's got ton of flavour and spice to it!

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4. Churros with Chocolate - Spain

Who can resist the temptation of deep-fried dough, especially when it’s sprinkled with sugar and served with a side of velvety chocolate dip? Originally from Spain, Churros are a beloved treat worldwide. Their crispy exterior mixed with its soft, fluffy interior, make it irresistible.

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5. Mochi Ice Cream - Japan

Wrapped in their famous and beloved soft, chewy rice cake, Mochi ice cream offers a delightful contrast of textures and temperature. The balance of the cool, creamy ice cream center with the sticky exterior makes this a unique treat. The best part is, you won’t find it too sweet!

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6. Creme Brûlée - France

Ah yes, we all know how satisfying it is to crack open the caramelized sugar on top of this delicious dessert. With a creamy custard base, this classic French dessert will satisfy any sweet tooth craving. Although the name means “burnt cream”, don’t worry, there’s nothing burnt about it!

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7. Pavlova - Australia & New Zealand

Named after the ballerina Anna Pavlova, this meringue-based dessert is incredibly light and airy. Topped with fresh fruits and whipped cream, it’s the perfect summer dessert from Down Under. It’ll cool you down after a long day in the summer heat.

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8. Açai Bowl - Brazil

While some might argue it’s more of a breakfast, the refreshing Açai Bowl deserves a spot on our list! Packed with antioxidants, this frozen Açai puree topped with granola, bananas, and various fruits is both delicious and nutritious. For those of you currently making more health-conscious decisions, consider giving this dessert a try to satisfy your cravings.

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9. Knafeh - Middle East

Who knew cheese could work so well as a dessert? A luscious blend of creamy cheese is sandwiched between layers of shredded phyllo dough, which is then soaked in a sugary syrup and sprinkled with pistachios. Knafeh is the Middle Eastern answer to a cheese lover’s ideal dessert.

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10. Banoffee Pie - England

Combining all the good stuff, bananas, toffee, and a buttery biscuit base, this pie is the trifecta of flavours. Some versions might even include chocolate, coffee, or both! It’s a rich and indulgent treat that will have you asking for more than one slice. 

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11. Sacher-Torte - Austria

Chocolate lovers, unite! Straight from the heart of Vienna comes the Sacher-Torte, a dense chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam, coated in dark chocolate icing. Often paired with a dollop of whipped cream, this dessert is elegance on a plate. When in Austria, it's practically a rite of passage to indulge in this chocolatey treat.

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12. Stroopwafel - Netherlands

Never heard of a Stroopwafel before? Imagine two thin waffle cookies glued together with a gooey caramel syrup in between. A Dutch delight, this dessert is best enjoyed warm over a cup of tea or coffee, letting the steam soften the caramel to the perfect consistency. It’s sweet, chewy, and utterly irresistible!

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13. Mango Sticky Rice - Thailand

Rice as a dessert? Here in Thailand, they’ve truly discovered a match made in heaven. Glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk is paired with ripe, juicy mango slices and drizzled with a salty-sweet coconut sauce. The contrast in flavours and textures makes it a unique but delicious dessert. 

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14. Poutine Glacée - Canada

Canada’s quirky dessert is a playful twist on its national savoury dish, poutine. Instead of fries, think churros or doughnuts sticks. Instead of gravy, think generous pour of caramel or chocolate. And instead of cheese curds? Think marshmallows or chunks of cheesecake! The combination is absolutely delicious!

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15. Kulfi - India

Hailing from the Indian subcontinent is Kulfi, a dense, creamy ice cream. Unlike its Western counterpart, Kulfi isn’t churned, which results in a solid, rich texture. And with varying flavours that range from saffron to rose, this treat is often topped with nuts for a nice added crunch. 

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16. Trifle - England

Layers of sponge cake soaked in sherry or fruit juice, layered with fruit, custard, and whipped cream – the Trifle is a fantastic combo of flavors and textures. Often adorned with a sprinkle of chocolate or nuts on top, every spoonful promises a party in your mouth.Annie-Spratt-O2Gswezenfk-UnsplashPhoto by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


17. Faloodeh - Iran

This Persian icy dessert is made of thin vermicelli noodles, frozen with sugar and rose water. It may sound strange, but don’t knock it till you try it! It's often served with lime juice and sometimes ground pistachios. A refreshing treat, Faloodeh is an ancient dessert that's been cooling Iranians for centuries.

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18. Melktert - South Africa

Also known as "Milk Tart," this is a pastry filled with a creamy milk custard spiced with cinnamon. The end result? A comforting dessert that evokes the warmth of a South African grandmother's kitchen. Sometimes, the best treats are the most comforting ones.

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19. Tres Leches Cake - Latin America

This "Three Milks Cake" is a sponge cake soaked in a blend of three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and heavy cream. The outcome is a moist, almost pudding-like cake that's a hit at celebrations across Latin America. You can never go wrong with a delicious slice of cake after all!

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20. Mooncake - China

Celebrated during the Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncakes are pastries filled with lotus seed paste or red bean paste and often house a salted egg yolk in the center, symbolizing the full moon. These intricate cakes are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the palate. If you’re not into overly sweet desserts, this one will definitely be up your alley.

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21. Pastéis de Nata - Portugal

This small egg tart is an iconic dessert from Portugal. The creamy custard center, nestled within a flaky pastry shell, is often topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. The contrast of the crispy crust and silky custard creates a harmonious bite.

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 22. Ube Halaya - Philippines

This vibrant purple yam dessert is a favourite in the Philippines. Ube Halaya combines mashed ube with condensed milk and butter to create thick, jelly-like consistency. It’s sweet, slightly nutty, and often served during special occasions.

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23. Semla - Sweden

Traditionally eaten around Lent, Semla is a cardamom-spiced wheat bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream. The top is cut off, used as a lid, and dusted with powdered sugar. In some parts of Sweden, it's soaked in warm milk.

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24. Ais Kacang - Malaysia

This Malaysian dessert is an icy spectacle. Shaved ice is topped with a mix of beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, and a variety of other ingredients, then drizzled with colorful syrups and condensed milk. It's a refreshing treat perfect for Malaysia's tropical climate. While some of the toppings might make you feel skeptical, don't knock it till you try it.

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25. Kladdkaka - Sweden

Here’s another tasty treat coming from Sweden! Literally translating to "sticky cake", this is Sweden’s answer to the brownie. It’s a dense, rich chocolate cake with a soft and gooey center. Paired with some whipped cream or ice cream, it’s the embodiment of chocolatey goodness.

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26. Lamingtons - Australia

Sponge cake squares are coated in chocolate before being rolled in shredded coconut. As beloved Aussie icons, Lamingtons are one of the country’s best. Sometimes, you can even find a layer of jam or cream in the middle, offering a pleasant surprise to the unsuspecting nibbler.

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27. Teurgoule - France

From the Normandy region, Teurgoule is a rice pudding spiced with cinnamon and cooked for several hours until it achieves a creamy consistency. It's comfort in a bowl, with the warm aroma of cinnamon wafting through.

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28. Malva Pudding - South Africa

A warm, sticky, caramelized dessert, Malva Pudding is a South African gem. It’s often served with custard or ice cream, and the apricot jam ingredient lends it a unique fruity note amidst the deep caramel flavors. Sounds like a great flavour combination to us! 

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29. Turron - Spain

This nougat confection, often made with almonds, is a traditional Christmas treat in Spain. It’s typically made with ingredients like honey, sugar, egg whites, and various nuts. With variations ranging from soft and chewy to hard and brittle, there's a Turron to suit every preference.

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30. Kanom Krok - Thailand

Kanom Krok are delicious coconut rice pancakes that are crispy on the outside and soft in the center. These little morsels are sweet with a hint of saltiness, creating a perfectly balanced bite. Street vendors often sell them, ensuring they're warm and fresh for each customer.

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31. Eton Mess - United Kingdom

This delectably messy British dessert is a medley of crushed meringue, whipped cream, and strawberries. Its origins trace back to Eton College, where it's said to have been served during cricket matches. The beauty of Eton Mess lies in its simplicity and adaptability; one can toss in seasonal fruits or flavored coulis to add a twist.

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32. Ma’amoul - Middle East

Celebrated across the Middle East, Ma'amoul are shortbread-like cookies often filled with dates, pistachios, or walnuts. These festive treats are intricately designed, signifying special occasions like Eid and Easter. Every bite encapsulates centuries of tradition and warmth.

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33. Chendol - Southeast Asia

A refreshing icy dessert, Chendol consists of pandan-flavored jelly strands submerged in coconut milk, palm sugar syrup, and shaved ice. Red beans or diced jackfruit might also join the mix. It’s a beloved treat in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, each having their unique spin.

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34. Canelés - France

Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, Canelés are small, rich pastries with a custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. Traditionally flavored with rum and vanilla, their contrasting textures of soft interior and crunchy exterior make them exceptionally delightful. Whether strolling through the streets of Bordeaux or in a chic Parisian cafe, this dessert offers a bite-sized taste of French culinary excellence.1024Px-Caneles StemilionPhoto by Roboppy at English Wikipedia on Wikimedia Commons

35. Bebinca - Goa, India

Bebinca, also known as "bibik," is a traditional Goan dessert made of coconut milk, sugar, butter, and egg yolk. This multi-layered dessert, which can sometimes have as many as 16 layers, is meticulously baked one layer at a time, requiring both patience and finesse. The outcome is a deliciously rich, pudding-like treat, soft and tender with a hint of nutmeg. It's often enjoyed during Christmas and special occasions, but don't let that stop you from indulging in its sweetness any time of the year.

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36. Mochi - Japan

While we’ve already talked about Mochi ice cream on this list, Mochi is a versatile dessert that can be filled with so many different fillings. The most popular in Japan is a sweetened red bean paste. Don’t be fooled by the word “bean”, red bean is a popular ingredient used in various Asian desserts. It’s the perfect combination of chewy and a lightly sweetened interior!

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37. Rugelach - Eastern Europe

These Jewish pastries, often crescent-shaped, come filled with ingredients like chocolate, nuts, and fruit preserves. With roots in Eastern Europe, Rugelach has traveled and adapted, symbolizing the diaspora's resilience and adaptability.

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38. Hotteok - Korea

This popular Korean street food is a sweet pancake, often filled with a harmonious blend of brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts, and cinnamon. As it's fried, the sugar filling melts, creating a gooey, sweet center that contrasts beautifully with the crispy, golden-brown exterior. During winter months, holding a piping-hot Hotteok in your hands not only warms your fingers but also your soul.

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39. Beaver Tails - Canada

Traversing the icy landscapes of Canada, you'd inevitably come across a warm, sweet treat loved by locals and tourists alike: the BeaverTail. Don't be alarmed by its name! It's not an actual beaver's tail, but a flattened, deep-fried pastry resembling the shape of one. Once fried to a crispy perfection, these doughy delights are typically topped with an array of tempting toppings, from the classic cinnamon sugar to the more indulgent chocolate hazelnut spread with banana slices.

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40. Sesame Balls - China

One bite into a Sesame Ball, or "Jin Deui" as it's traditionally known, transports you to the vibrant culinary landscape of China. These delightful spheres of glutinous rice flour are filled with a variety of sweet fillings, from red bean paste to black sesame paste, and occasionally even lotus seed paste. Once filled, they're rolled in a blanket of white sesame seeds and deep-fried to perfection. The result is a beautiful, golden-brown ball with a crispy exterior that contrasts divinely with the soft, chewy interior and the sweet, flavorful filling.

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Are you craving something sweet yet? Set aside your usual ice cream and chocolate cakes for something more interesting and unique the next time you want dessert. These 40 delicious desserts from around the world are definitely worth trying!