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Five Bizarre Desserts from Around the World

Credit: http://www.cookingsutra.com/maple-taffy-snow-day-activity-with-kids/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: http://www.cookingsutra.com/maple-taffy-snow-day-activity-with-kids/ — by Alex Simpson

Dessert for some, is an essential part of dining out. After all, it doesn’t matter how much you eat beforehand, there’s always room for dessert. When we think of dessert, we think of things like: ice cream, chocolate cake, brownies, cheesecake, and other rich, delicious, calorific delights. But what about in other parts of the world? We know that kidney beans make an awesome chilli con-carne, but in a dessert? Really? Check out these five strange desserts from around the world which may sound bizarre, but trust us, they taste amazing.

Maple Taffy

This dessert hails from Canada, so you can probably guess what it contains? That’s right, famous for their amazing maple syrup, Maple Taffy from Canada is a dessert you won’t want to miss. This dessert is made by taking pure Canadian Maple syrup, boiling it, and then pouring the molten syrup over clean and fresh snow. The liquid goes soft and chewy, but before it can set a wooden stick is inserted and you have yourself a lollypop-like dessert with a texture that is very similar to taffy. Not bad, eh?

Credit: http://www.cookingsutra.com/maple-taffy-snow-day-activity-with-kids/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: http://www.cookingsutra.com/maple-taffy-snow-day-activity-with-kids/ — by Alex Simpson

Cendol

Cendol is a dessert from Malaysia that has divided a lot of people’s opinions. Remember how we mentioned kidney beans earlier? This dessert is why. Cendol is a sweet dish which is colourful and vibrant, and very popular in South East Asia. It is made from green jelly noodles, coconut milk, palm sugar, green colouring, ice shavings, and red kidney beans. It sounds like something you’d make if you were starving and those were the only ingredients you had to hand but honestly, the flavours, colours, and textures work wonderfully together.

Credit: https://discoverkl.com/2016/08/11/perfect-cendol-klang-valley/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://discoverkl.com/2016/08/11/perfect-cendol-klang-valley/ — by Alex Simpson

Veriohukainen (Blood Pancakes)

This Finnish dish will definitely not be to everybody’s taste, though Count Dracula would almost certainly be a fan. Has that given you a clue as to what the primary ingredient in this dish is? Yep, it’s blood. Veriohukainen, or blood pancakes, are made from actual blood. Pig’s blood is combined with a touch of milk, sugar, eggs, and other ingredients to make a batter. They are then cooked like you would a regular pancake and are served with Lingonberry jam. The texture is soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside.

Credit: https://corneliuswaldner.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/food-porn-veriletut-finnish-blood-pancakes/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://corneliuswaldner.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/food-porn-veriletut-finnish-blood-pancakes/ — by Alex Simpson

Deep-Fried Chocolate Bars

Sometimes you just want something so greasy you can feel your trousers getting tighter with every bite you take. At times like that, you should ideally make your way over to the beautiful country of Scotland. The Scots are famous for their deep-fried chocolate bar desserts, which are basically chocolate bars, dipped in batter, and deep fried in beef dripping, lard, or vegetable oil. While incredibly unhealthy, they taste amazing, albeit very rich. Besides, a little of what you love does you good.

Credit: https://lazyassmeals.com/deep-fried-mars-bar-recipe/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: https://lazyassmeals.com/deep-fried-mars-bar-recipe/ — by Alex Simpson

Wasp Crackers

Although this final dessert may sound like the stuff nightmares are made of to a lot of you, in Japan, wasp crackers are incredibly popular. Made from a typical rice cracker recipe, wasps bred primarily for human consumption are added to the cracker mix and are shaped into typical circular biscuit shapes. The wasps basically serve as raisins or chocolate chips would in cookies. They are then baked until crunchy, packaged up, and sold to the general public. The taste is said to be sweet with a slightly acidic taste from the wasps. We haven’t tasted them ourselves, but they have certainly created a ‘buzz’ in the online food blogging community.

Credit: http://www.bizarrefood.com/blog/wasp-cookies-buzz-japan/ — by Alex Simpson
Credit: http://www.bizarrefood.com/blog/wasp-cookies-buzz-japan/ — by Alex Simpson