You could say that chocolate is one of the most universal and well-loved snacks/desserts in the world. Every country has its own unique way of creating and enjoying chocolate treats. Here is a selected list of 12 Chocolate Desserts To Try Around The World in alphabetical order because who knows, you might be travelling to one of these countries someday!
1) Amandine (Romania)
Amandine is a traditional Romanian chocolate cake that has been around since the 1960s. The cake usually consists of four main components including the egg-based sponge cake, chocolate filling, rum-infused syrup and chocolate-covered glaze on top.
2) Brigadeiro (Brazil)
The Brazilians have their own way of enjoying chocolate, specifically brigadeiro — a popular chocolate dessert shaped like a ball made from cocoa powder, condensed milk, butter and topped with chocolate sprinkles. Interestingly enough, the brigadeiro was first invented in the 1940s during the food rationing in World War II. The name of the dessert itself was said to be derived from air marshal Eduardo Gomes’ eponymous nickname who ran for president during the country’s 1945 general election.
3) Champurrado (Mexico)
This traditional Mexican chocolate drink is typically served warm in a bowl. It consists of a few ingredients including pinole (coarse ground maize/corn flour), chocolate, milk, panela and various spices like cloves and cinnamon. Champurrado is generally thick and rich in taste.
4) Chocotejas (Peru)
Chocotejas was actually derived from the words “chocolate” and “tejas”. The latter refers to the Peruvian confectionery filled with manjar blanco (dulce de leche) and white fondant on top but here, chocolate is used as substitute. This confectionery is usually shaped like a small dumpling consisting of the aforementioned manjar blanco and other ingredients like nuts or dried fruits.
5) Cocoa Tea (Dominican Republic)
Made from roasted cocoa nibs, condensed milk and ground cinnamon, this popular Caribbean drink can be enjoyed during breakfast or dessert. More like a healthier version of coffee alternative, cocoa tea is particularly rich in antioxidants, magnesium and is able to boost your feel-good serotonin levels.
6) Hedgehog Slice (Australia)
Despite its name, no hedgehogs were harmed or used as part of the ingredients for this tasty chocolate dessert. Instead, it is actually an uncooked fudgey square (think brownie) consisting of chocolate, layered crushed biscuits and shredded coconut.
7) Mendiant (France)
Shaped like a disc, this French-based chocolate dessert is coated with chocolate (usually dark chocolate). Various nuts and dried fruits such as almonds, pistachio kernels, rum-soaked raisins and candied orange peel are then studded atop the chocolate-covered mendiant.
8) Mosaiko (Greece)
Mosaiko is named as such, given its mosaic-like pattern on the inside consisting of crunchy broken biscuit/cookie pieces and chopped walnuts surrounded with chocolate.
9) Nama Chocolate (Japan)
Nama chocolate needs no introduction in Japan. It is a popular chocolate dessert originating from the famous Japanese chocolate company Royce’ (stylised as ROYCE’). First invented in 1995, the Nama chocolate comes in a square shape using high-quality thick chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder on top.
10) Pascall Pineapple Lumps (New Zealand)
With history dating way back to 1935, Pascall Pineapple Lumps have become a traditional and popular chocolate snack in New Zealand. Invented by Cadbury-owned Pascall, they come in bite-sized chocolate-covered chunks with pineapple filling.
11) Sanchertorte (Austria)
A traditional Viennese chocolate cake existing since the 1830s, sanchertorte is filled with rich chocolate with apricot jam filling. The cake is usually served with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream on the side.
12) Whoopie Pies (United States)
Ever wonder why this classic chocolate pie is called “whoopie”? Well, according to Amish legend, the children would typically scream “Whoopie!” whenever they get to enjoy these scrumptious treats packed in their lunch bags/boxes. As for the pie itself, it is actually two cake-shaped chocolate cookies sandwiched between a fluffy marshmallow filling.