Where in the World Are These Delicious Desserts From?

By: Jonnathan Chadwick
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Where in the World Are These Delicious Desserts From?
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About This Quiz

You've had a few ice creams, you've had them all, right. That's until you travel the world and realize how many different types of ice cream are on this planet. Who knew milk and sugar could be combined and frozen in so many different ways? The light and airy ice cream we enjoy in America gets denser and creamier the further away we venture. It takes on so many new forms that by the time we reach the Middle East, it's not even ice cream anymore — it's iced cream. It's its own category of frozen dessert, and English speakers haven't even invented a word for it. That's the beauty of dessert around the world.

Desserts are a direct product of their geographical area. Earth's sweetest natural resources can hardly be produced outside their native regions. Have you tried to grow coconuts in Canada or pineapple in England? Try to grow a sweet cherry in the wrong part of the world, and it'll be the sourest thing you've ever eaten. And forget about trying to duplicate the conditions needed to grow cocoa beans, vanilla vines or sugar cane. 

One of the best things about traveling is trying all the different foods around the world, but what's even better is getting to try all the different desserts around the world. Are you a foodie? Do you know your desserts? See if you can identify where all of these delicious desserts come from.

Apple pie What country is apple pie the unofficial national symbol of?
England
Germany
Italy
United States of America
This dessert originated in England and wasn't baked in America until European settlers brought suitable apples to the continent. Colonists had been using American crabapples only for cider and filling pies with meat until that point, but today apple pie is America's unofficial national dessert.

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Gelato I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, but where might you scream for gelato?
Italy
Gelato is everywhere in Italy, and it has a slightly different texture and bolder flavor than ice cream. If you venture to the island of Sicily, you'll find the traditional dessert of the island, gelato, served in a brioche bun.
Australia
France
Japan

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Baklava Which of these countries should you visit for the best baklava in the world?
South Africa
Argentina
Lebanon
This rich and flaky dessert originated in the Ottoman Empire; many countries in that part of the world embrace it as their own. Lebanon is known for perfecting baklava, which is layers of unleavened dough filled with nuts, honey and syrup.
China

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Tres Leches Cake Do you know where tres leches cake originated?
Mexico
"Tres leches" translates to "three milks," and tres leches cake is made by infusing sponge cake with evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream. The dessert is a hit all over South America. It is said to have begun in Mexico when food giant Nestlé opened a factory there and introduced the recipe.
Russia
Australia
New Zealand

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Tangyuan Where do these sticky rice balls called tangyuan come from?
Colombia
China
Sticky rice is widespread all over Asia and is used in many desserts, including this one that originated in China. Sticky rice grains are ground to a flour, and a paste of rice flour and water is then wrapped around a sweet filling and boiled in water. Tangyuan are often eaten during the Lantern Festival.
Italy
German

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Po'e Can you name the country known for this baked banana pudding, known as po'e?
Tahiti
If you've never had po'e, you can't be faulted because it originates from Tahiti, which is in the middle of the ocean between Australia and South America. The dessert hasn't exactly made its way to the States. It consists of bananas mashed with arrowroot and coconut milk, then baked.
Dominican Republic
Greenland
New Zealand

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Creme Brulee What country is known for this torched dessert called creme brûlée?
Australia
South Africa
France
It's impossible to pick just one dessert to represent France, but creme brûlée has to be included. The dessert is a soft custard with a layer of torched sugar that acts as a glass cover over the custard.
Russia

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Picarones Do you know where these sweet potato doughnuts called picarones come from?
Germany
Italy
Peru
This dessert originated in Peru in the 16th century and is made from a squash and sweet potato mixture that is rolled into a doughnut shape, deep fried and then drizzled with syrup. Picarones are a popular street food all over the country.
Australia

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Syrniki Syrniki isn't your normal pancake. Where does this treat come from?
Ukraine
These pancakes are made from farmer's cheese, mixed with eggs, flour and sugar and then deep fried. The sweet dessert is popular in Ukraine and is usually served with fruit, jam or sour cream. Savory versions are also popular in the country.
South Africa
Brazil
Spain

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Mochi Where do these sticky rice cakes known as mochi come from?
Finland
Japan
This dessert uses a type of sticky rice, native to Japan, called mochigome. The rice grains are soaked overnight, cooked, pounded into paste and formed into shapes. Mochi balls often contain fillings.
Hungary
Colombia

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Waffles We're all familiar with waffles, but what country is known for the best of the best of them?
Bolivia
Canada
Belgium
If you take the average American waffle and double its thickness, making it lighter and fluffier, you'll get a Belgian waffle. They're eaten for breakfast all over the world, but they also make quite the dessert when topped with syrups, powdered sugar and fruit.
Japan

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Nanaimo Bars What country is known for the Nanaimo bar?
New Zealand
Russia
japan
Canada
These three-layered treats are named after a city in British Columbia — Nanaimo — and have been floating around Canada since the 1950s. The treat is made with Graham cracker and coconut on the bottom, custard in the middle and chocolate ganache on top.

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Patel de Nata Where is pastel de nata from?
Portugal
Legend has it these treats hit the streets of Portugal due to the inventiveness of monks. They were using egg whites to starch fabric and didn't want to waste the yolks, so they created these custardy treats to sell. Pasteis de nata are usually topped with sugar or cinnamon.
Australia
Japan
Canada

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Apfelstrudel America is known for its apple pie, but what country is known for its apfelstrudel?
Italy
Bolivia
Australia
Austria
Apfelstrudel, or apple strudel, is a distant cousin of baklava and falls somewhere between baklava and American apple pie. The flaky strudel is filled with cooked apples, sugar and cinnamon, and it is one of Austria's national dishes.

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Black Forest Cake In what country can you eat Black Forest cake in the Black Forest Mountains?
Germany
Black Forest cake features layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherry filling between. Cherries and chocolate flakes top the cake, but the star of the show is the kirsch used in the cake recipe. It comes from a specific cherry in Germany's Black Forest, and German law says that any cake in the country labeled as Black Forest cake must use the particular cherry liqueur.
South Africa
Canada
New Zealand

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Espresso What country invented espresso?
Cambodia
Italy
Espresso was invented in Italy in the 1880s. Although Americans don't normally consider it dessert, it is served after dinner almost everywhere in the world, and it is always on the dessert menu at restaurants in Italy.
Colombia
Kenya

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Kanafeh What part of the world is known for this dessert called kanafeh?
Middle East
This Middle Eastern dessert is made from layers of syrup-soaked pastry and cheese and is popular all over the region. The Palestinian version differs slightly from the Israeli version, and so on, but they are all similar.
Asia
South America
Africa

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Cannoli These cream filled pastries are popular all over the world, but where do they come from?
Italy
Cannoli originated in Sicily and are known around the world as an Italian dessert. If you visit Sicily, you'll find different types of cannoli in Messina and Palermo, the two cities that introduced the treat. Essentially, cannoli are pastry tubes filled with sweet cream and ricotta.
Canada
Peru
Finland

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Flan This cousin of creme brûlée, flan, is from which country?
France
Greenland
Australia
Spain
It's difficult to pinpoint the exact location where this dessert originated — but probably the Roman Empire. It was certainly embraced by Spain. Flan is similar to creme brûlée, but the custard is topped with soft caramel sauce instead of hardened sugar.

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Kashata In which country might you find this coconut candy called kashata?
Canada
Kenya
These sweet bars are sold as street food snacks all over East Africa and are traditional Swahili treats. Kashata is a brittle candy made with a variety of different ingredients, ranging from region to region, and can be made with just coconut or a variety of ingredients.
Peru
Norway

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Beignets Do you know where beignets are from?
France
France is home to no shortage of delicious desserts, and beignets are just another item on a very long list. However, beignets were probably inspired by Islamic fried dough. Beignets are sweet puffs of fried dough, and you can find them in New Orleans in the U.S. as a common breakfast item.
Canada
Australia
Germany

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Kulfi This frozen dessert called kulfi is denser and creamier than ice cream or gelato. Do you know where it's from?
Japan
India
Ice cream is churned — that's why it's light and airy. Gelato is also churned, but at a very slow speed — it's almost folded, making it denser than ice cream. Kulfi is not churned at all — it's a solid block of iced cream, making it extremely dense and flavorful.
Russia
Germany

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Rose Water and Saffron Ice Cream What country is known for rose water and saffron ice cream?
Canada
Korea
Iran
Bastani dates back millennia, and it's ice cream made with rose water, saffron and other uniquely Middle Eastern ingredients. It's known around the world as Persian or saffron ice cream, and it may include other flavorful touches, like pistachio.
China

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Mango Sticky Rice You haven't visited what country until you've had the mango sticky rice?
Italy
Brazil
Germany
Thailand
This Thai treat is made by combining cooked sticky rice with sweetened coconut milk and serving it with fresh mango slices. The dessert originated in Thailand but is one of the most popular treats all over Southeast Asia.

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Tiramisu Do you know where "tiramisu" roughly translates to "pick me up"?
Brazil
Italy
The stars of tiramisu are the coffee-soaked sponge biscuits that add a caffeine kick to this rich dessert and give it its name, which means "pick me up." The multi-layered cake is also known for its Italian cream cheese and chocolate flavor.
Russia
Japan

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Dragon's Beard Candy In what country might you find dragon's beard candy instead of cotton candy?
New Zealand
Canada
Bolivia
China
Dragon's beard candy is not just a street-side treat in China; it's a national art form. If you're walking down a street in China and deciding where to buy some, you'll probably choose the street vendor with the most entertaining folding process.

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Crepes Crepes are insanely popular all over the world, and every region has its own version, but what country introduced them?
Canada
Finland
France
These thin pancakes are eaten everywhere in different forms. They are most known as a breakfast or dessert food, but are so versatile they can take on any form. They can be filled with anything from shrimp to strawberries. They can be soft or crunchy, and they can be salted or sugared.
Argentina

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Chimney Cakes What country is known for its chimney cakes?
Hungary
Chimney cakes are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, and they are usually sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon. These Hungarian street snacks, known as kürtőskalács, have been around since medieval times.
Uruguay
South Africa
Russia

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Gulab Jamun Which country should you visit for some traditional gulab jamun?
Argentina
India
Gulab jamun are made from a dough with milk solids. This dough is rolled into balls, deep fried, covered in syrup and sprinkled with flavorings like rose water or saffron.
Italy
Russia

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Matcha Ice Cream Which of these countries is known for matcha everything, including this matcha ice cream?
France
New Zealand
Colombia
Japan
Matcha is ground green tea leaves. Since green tea is native to the area, you can find matcha flavored treats all over Asia. Japan is known for matcha ice cream, which was introduced to America a few decades ago and has been gaining popularity worldwide.

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Churro Where do churros come from?
Spain
Churros are made by piping lengths of dough and frying them until they're crunchy, then sprinkling them with sugar. You'll find these snacks all over the world — they are a popular festival and street food. In Spain they are commonly served with chocolate dipping sauce.
Italy
Canada
Greenland

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Turkish Delights You might remember this delightful dessert from "The Chronicles of Narnia," but do you know where it originated in real life?
Canada
Brazil
Turkey
We don't know exactly where Turkish delight originated, but it's called Turkish delight for a reason, and it dates back to the Ottoman Empire. The delight consists of a gel made from water, starch and sugar, which is flavored. Once the gel sets, it can be sprinkled with sugar and spices.
South Africa

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Alfajores Where do these cookies known as alfajores come from?
France
Australia
Argentina
You can find alfajores in Spain and all over South America in different versions, and the cookie can trace its origin to the Middle East. The treat consists of dulce de leche sandwiched between two cookies.
Ukraine

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Canada
Canada is known for its maple trees and maple syrup, and Canadians realized they could boil maple syrup past the point for making syrup, and then pour it on snow to make soft taffy. It's best served fresh, and it's a truly unique Canadian treat.
Japan
Australia
Colombia

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Dulce de Leche What part of the world is known for dulce de leche?
Scandinavia
Australia
Latin America
Dulce de leche translates to "candy from milk," and that's exactly what this dessert is. By heating milk and stirring it while adding flavoring, you can easily create this treat. It is usually eaten as a caramel sauce.
Asia

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Kiisseli In which country can you find this thick fruit juice, known as Kiisseli?
South Africa
Australia
Finland
This dessert consists of juice from fresh berries thickened with starch, and sometimes wine is added. Different variations can be found around Western Europe, and its consistency is similar to jelly.
Japan

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Noah's Pudding Do you know where the oldest dessert in the world, Noah's pudding, comes from?
Turkey
Noah's pudding is a dessert of grains, fruits, beans and nuts. Legend has it that Noah and his family ate a special meal once the ark eventually landed ashore — a sweet porridge with leftover ingredients that is today called ashure.
Russia
Germany
Japan

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Akutaq Where in the world do people make ice cream out of animal blubber?
New Zealand
Alaska
This dessert of animal fat, snow and wild berries is called akutaq and originated in Alaska. It has also been called Native ice cream, Eskimo ice cream and Alaskan ice cream, and you'll be hard-pressed to find an authentic version anywhere outside of Alaska or Canada. Some modern recipes substitute shortening for the animal blubber.
Tokyo
Hawaii

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Dadar Gulung What country is famous for these green coconut pancakes known as dadar gulung?
Brazil
Canada
Germany
Indonesia
"Dadar gulung" roughly translates to "rolled pancake," and this sweet is hugely popular in Indonesia. The spongy pancakes are colored green with leaves and are slathered with coconut and sugar before being rolled up.

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S'mores Who invented s'mores?
France
America
S'mores stands for "some more." Girl Scouts probably invented these graham cracker sandwiches of melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow, back in the 1920s. S'mores are one of the world's most American desserts and the de-facto dessert of campgrounds across the country.
Italy
Japan

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