22 Delicious International Desserts You Deserve to Know About

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Dessert is the most important meal of the day, depending on who you ask. Ice cream and chocolate chip cookies are classics, but they're far from the only sweet snacks out there. There are all kinds of weird, wonderful, and wild desserts around the world. From France's crème brûlée to Turkey's baklava, these international desserts are just waiting to be devoured.

In America, we tend to favor sweet desserts: things that are drenched in chocolate or covered in sugar. From apple pie to chocolate cakes, sweetness rules when it comes to American desserts. That isn't the case everywhere, though. In some countries, desserts are made more savory than sweet, more refreshing than heavy. Many places around the world favor light and refreshing desserts, while others will eat desserts consisting of things that we associate more with breakfast foods. 

Desserts in other countries can be marvelous, baffling, and irresistible, and this list is chock full of them.  

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    225 VOTES

    Sachertorte Is the Secret Chocolate Cake of Austria

    Sachertorte Is the Secret Chocolate Cake of Austria
    Photo: _chris_st / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    A specialty of the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Sachertorte is an irresistible and renowned dense chocolate cake. 

    225 votes
  • 2
    183 VOTES

    Nanaimo Bars Are Canadian Dessert Heaven

    Nanaimo Bars Are Canadian Dessert Heaven
    Photo: delicious ABC / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Nanaimo bars are named after the Canadian city of Nanaimo. They require no baking and are simply bars of crispy wafers topped with custardy butter icing with delicious melted chocolate on top. 

    183 votes
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    168 VOTES

    Brigadeiros Are a Brazilian Celebratory Dessert

    Brigadeiros are dense chocolate truffle/cupcake hybrids. These sweets are typically incredibly decadent and often come covered in sprinkles. 

    168 votes
  • Banoffee Pie Is Like a British Banana Cream Pie
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    Banoffee pie is superior to banana cream pie in two ways. First, its crust is typically more of a crumble. Second, it usually contains toffee and sometimes chocolate. Everything tastes better with toffee and chocolate. 

    169 votes
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    187 VOTES

    Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte Is a Complex German Cake Worthy of Its Name

    Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is black forest cherry cake with plenty of cream and fruit brandy to keep it moist. 

    187 votes
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    145 VOTES

    Koeksisters are Marvelous South African Donuts

    Koeksisters are Marvelous South African Donuts
    Photo: Kerron / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    American donuts are good, but Koeksisters are infused with maple syrup and you just can't beat that. 

    145 votes