Around the World in 13 Desserts

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From caramel-y, sprinkle-coated Brazilian chocolate balls to deep-fried Dutch doughnuts, these international sweets will have you scheming your next culinary escapade.

Whether you’re slurping ramen in Japan, or devouring a smoked meat sandwich in Montreal, the first question to arise after your epic savory feast must always be: “What’s for dessert?”

While we’ll always love a classic American hot fudge sundae or apple pie, the rest of the world has some pretty fantastic sugar-loaded options as well. Sponge cake soaked in condensed milk and heavy cream? Yes, please. Caramel-laced, sprinkle-coated chocolate balls? Bring it on.

From traditional desserts dating back hundreds of years, to more recent sweet-treat innovations, these 13 recipes will have you scheming your next vacation, if only to develop a more cultured sweet tooth.

Click through the gallery to see some of the most beloved desserts from around the world.


Country: India Recipe: Made for Pakistan Rasmalai is an Indian dessert that originated in Odisha, a state on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal. Rasmalai, which translates to “nectar cream” in Urdu, is made from spongy balls of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) that are soaked in thick, reduced milk that resembles clotted cream. This subtly sweet dessert is always served chilled, and it gets an extra flavor boost from a sprinkling of ground cardamom and saffron. Depending on the recipe, rasmalai is topped with slivered almonds, ground pistachios, or an assortment of dried fruit.

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