My favorite unofficial meal of the day is definitely dessert! I have such a major sweet tooth, and I'm always searching for new ways to satisfy it. That's why I love trying international desserts, so that I never get bored with the same old cookies and cakes I grew up with. Here are a few of my favorite desserts from around the world, as well as some that I'm dying to try!
When I moved to Boston, which has a huge Italian influence, cannolis quickly became my favorite dessert! They're rich, decadent, and come in a variety of flavors.
2. Malva Pudding~South Africa
Source: Malva Pudding - Simply Delicious
This baked pudding has a flavor like sticky toffee pudding. All pudding lovers should try this South African dessert!
3. Swedish Midsommar Cake
Source: Midsommar Cake // International Eats
Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water and thirst for summer!
Source: Heidesand (Traditional German Browned Butter
These German cookies are shortbread cookies made with browned butter, which gives them an even more delectable flavor.
5. Mandazi~ East Africa
Source: Mandazi, African Donuts - Jo
Mandazi are East African doughnuts that are so light and fluffy they nearly melt in your mouth.
Source: Easy Tiramisu Mousse - Crazy
Tiramisu comes from the Italian phrase for "pick me up” because it hits you with a burst of caffeine and sugar to keep you going.
7. Bánh Cam~Vietnam
Source: Bánh Cam Recipe (Vietnamese Sesame
Vietnamese bánh cam, or fried sesame balls, look savory but are actually sweet and delicious.
Source: Japanese Cheesecake チーズケーキ • Just
I love American cheesecake, so I can't wait to try Japanese cheesecake!
9. Sopapilla~ Latin America
Source: Homemade Sopapilla Recipe - Picky
Sopapillas can be served savory or sweet, but I especially love them sweet! Drizzle honey on top and sprinkle powdered sugar and you have a simple yet tasty dessert!
10. Pudding with Brandy Butter Hard Sauce~ United Kingdom
Source: Downton Abbey Christmas Pudding with
Any fan of Downton Abbey would love to try this traditional British dessert!
11. Fried Mantou~China
Source: Fried Mantou with Condensed Milk
Fried Mantou is a Chinese steamed bread. Coated in condensed milk it makes an amazing dessert!
12. Baklava~Armenia, Turkey, Greece
Source: Baklava Recipe, Honey Baklava, How
Baklava doesn't have just one country to call its home, but comes from the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. Perhaps its spectacular flavor is a result of coming from so many different places!
Source: Loukoumades recipe (Greek Donuts with
These aren't the basic doughnut holes you buy from your local coffee shop! Loukoumades are golden, crispy Greek doughnuts topped with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon.
14. Mexican Wedding Cookies~Mexico
Source: 10 of the best Christmas
I love Mexican wedding cookies because they aren't too sweet, but just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth after a savory meal.
15. Blackberry Jam Cake~United States
Source: Blackberry Jam Cake - Love
This cake is traditional in the south of the United States. It must taste like hospitality! I can't wait to try it.
16. Princess Cake~Sweden
Source: Around the World in 11
Just like the name suggests, this cake was first made for the royal family in Sweden. Now, you can feel like a princess while you enjoy this decadent layered cake coated in marzipan.
Source: Mamonia (Syrian semolina pudding)
This looks something I would have turned up my nose at when I was a picky little girl—which is why I know I'd love it now! Pudding with pistachios—what's not to love?
Source: Alfajores (Peruvian style) Recipe by
Try not to get addicted to these Peruvian cookies!
19. Turkish Delight~Turkey
I've been wanting to try this Turkish dessert ever since I watched the Chronicles of Narnia when I was younger! (Edmund was obsessed with Turkish delights!) They're chewy, nutty, and citrusy! An interesting combination, but somehow it works.
With traditional Indian flavors like yogurt and mango in a mousse, you really can't go wrong.
21. Strawberry Hazelnut Pavlova~Russian
Source: Strawberry Hazelnut Pavlova Roll Wives
This Russian dessert combines two of my favorite foods: hazelnuts and strawberries! It's a great dessert to serve at parties.
22. BASBOUSA ~Morocco
Source: The Baking Paper: Basbousa
I love this Moroccan cake! It's perfect for when you're craving something extremely sweet.
23. Tulumbe Pastries~Balkans
Source: Fried Balkan Tulumbes Are Soaked
These Balkan pastries may look like Twinkies, but trust me they are so much better! They're basically sweet fried dough soaked in syrup. Delicious!
These are just a few, but I know that there are so many more delicious desserts from around the world! What are some of your favorites?