Around The World In 80 Desserts

Dessert: It's the sweet treat served at the end of a meal, the incentive for kids to eat their vegetables, the Achilles' heel for most dieters, and the go-to fix for those with sugar addictions

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For travelers craving something sweet, "Around the World in 80 Desserts" is a gastronomic guide through the sugars, syrups, and spices of the world's scrumptious signature after-meal treats. We've covered six continents' worth of cakes, cookies, custards, and more — enjoyable enough to satisfy a sweet tooth and heavenly enough to make any diner loosen his or her belt.

Get the inside scoop on the history of American apple pie; New Zealand's favorite ice cream flavor; and the place where soup is on the dessert menu. Savor the flavors of nutty phyllo pastries in Turkey and rich gooey puddings in Great Britain.

These mouthwatering desserts promise to submerge your taste buds in a candied and caramelized culinary wonderland, sure to induce a saccharine delirium. Enjoy.

Original reporting by Clare Sheehan.