|Cardamom Buns, Sweden: Cardamom buns are often part of fika, the coffee break that comes twice daily in many Swedish workplaces. Pictured is Valhalla, a deluxe bakery in Stockholm’s trendy Ostermalm neighborhood. OK, one down and only 49 more desserts to go. Washington Post image. Click here.|
GUEST BLOG / By CNN Travel Desk— (CNN) — Imagine the best dessert on Earth. Better yet, turn to a stranger on the street and ask them. Odds are good -- dollars to doughnuts -- their answer is different from yours.
From childhood treats to a grandparent's favorite recipes, beloved foods are deeply personal. This seems especially true of desserts, which often take pride of place at celebrations and traditional holidays.
For all the nostalgia of sugary treats, though, some sweets rise above local flavors. Head to any country to find tender slices of Italian tiramisú at the bottom of cafe menus or sniff out the creamy scent of Hong Kong's dan tats in cities around the globe.
In the unofficial elections of the stomach, both have been voted to a permanent place in the world's food hall of fame.
And like dan tats, many of these recipes aren't desserts at all -- the eggy tart is more often eaten as an afternoon snack. The idea of serving a sweet at the end of a coursed meal is relatively recent, and in some places, including Africa and Asia, desserts are a foreign import.
But with food, like language or culture, determining what's "foreign" turns out to be complicated. Tiramisu relies on chocolate, coffee and sugar that arrived in Italy through global trade, while Hong Kong's most iconic sweet has roots in the Portuguese age of exploration.
Here’s a blog by CNN Travel of the best 50 desserts in the world. Click here.