Seven of the weirdest desserts in the world
Meet some of the most extraordinary desserts that are actually out there
From Wasabi Sundae all the way to worm cakes, the world cuisine is full of fascinating ideas for desserts. Some will make you laugh, others can make you cry, but I will list seven that made me cringe! And it's not always about ingredients or taste. Let's take a look:
Cendol from Malaysia - Credit: Vesti
Cendol (Southeast Asia)
When you look at the ingredients, nothing stands as particularly wrong. Noodles, jelly, rice flour, coconut milk, palm syrup, red beans, crushed ice . . everything seems alright. But the presentation with those green worm-like noodles can make you run from the establishment. Painting noodles in green apparently can be very misleading and disturbing, especially for tourists.
Veriohukainen from Finland - Credit: Vesti
Bloody pancakes! Quite literally! A common dessert in Scandinavia. Because Northern nations are properly tough, they'll put some pig's blood to their pancake mix to create not only that colour, but also make them easier to cook and retain their softness, and tenderness. I've visited Finland on couple of occasions (shoutout to Rovaniemi), tried the pancakes without being told what's in them and they are delicious! With a lot of fruity jam, of course. I thought they were just burnt and . . oh well, I like crispy pancakes just as much. Would've I tried them, knowing there's pig's blood in them? Absolutely not!
Tavuk Gogsu from Turkey - Credit: Vesti
Tavuk gogsu (Turkey)
A traditional milk pudding, a well known historical dish and a favourite dessert for the sultans in the Ottoman Empire. And as with any milk pudding, it contains rice flour, milk, sugar and cinnamon. But that all wraps up around . . chicken breasts! Putting meat in a dessert, no matter how far back it dates, makes it extraordinary to say the least. Turkey is a neighbour - been there, tried it, will not do it again. It's not bad tasting, it's just . . weird.
Chocolate Crickets - Credit: Vesti
Chocolate Crickets (Thailand)
If you think eating crickets is not weird enough for you, then the combination of chocolate and crickets probably won't cut it either. They are readily available in Thailand in packs, jars and in restaurants. Considered a local delicacy, they are actually a good source of protein. Think of them as a crunchy cereal, but don't mix them with milk.
Mákos Tészta - Credit: Vesti
Mákos Tészta (Hungary)
The country, which name sees the widest use as a pun for "hungry" in the English speaking world have something to contribute here. And it's not that weird at first, but the presentation can make you easily walk away from it. Pasta with sugar and poppy seeds is, in all seriousness, quite tasty and nutritious combo. As long as you don't react on first sight. No, it's not charcoal from the furnace, no matter how much it looks that way.
Sultan Golden Cake - Credit: Vesti
Sultan Golden Cake (International)
Why bother with saffron, caviar and oysters? Too posh to eat $100 bills directly? That's alright - the golden cake is here to save the day! At $1000 per slice, it's the most expensive cake to date, but the creamy insides, containing black truffle, Polynesian vanilla beans with "numerous" fruits and some special Jamaican rum are encased with 24-karat gold leafing. And no, don't eat your wedding rings! This is an edible grade thing, apparently, and it's safe to eat. They would actually take orders from all around the world with just 72 hours notice, so don't cancel that party just yet. It is, unsurprisingly, popular among Russian oligarchs. How incredibly humble of them!
Deep-fried Mars - Credit: Vesti
Deep-fried Mars (Scotland)
Normal Mars bar is not unhealthy enough for you? Well, the Scottish found a way to make your wishes come true! A chip shop decided to batter and deep-fry a Mars bar as sort of a joke and it became a world sensation. Thank god, they've at least had the decency to remove the packing! It is, hands down, one of the fastest ways to raise both your blood sugar and cholesterol through the roof. What are they going to fry next? A whole birthday cake?!