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    People Are Sharing Their Favorite "Weird" Dessert From Their State Or Country, And There Are So Many I Want To Try

    These are actually fascinating.

    Sometimes a cool dessert is truly the only way to get excited about cooking again. Thankfully, @chick_in_kiev asked on Twitter, "What's your fave/the most remarkable weird dessert from your state or city or country?"

    Here are some of the responses they received — both from the US and around the globe — along with links to recipes if you'd like to try any for yourself! 🍰


    1. Michigan: Pączki

    Metal bowl filled with powdered filled donuts

    "Michigan loves having pączki for Mardi Gras — they're giant filled donuts of Polish origin that I miss having access to every year." —@HayesBrown

    Recipe: Pączki

    2. North Carolina: Atlantic Beach Pie

    Lemon custard pie topped with a thick layer of cream

    "I’m a fan of Atlantic Beach pie, which I guess is from North Carolina, but I had it in Chicago. Lemon custard filling with saltine-and-butter crust." —@notowen

    Recipe: Atlantic Beach pie

    3. Canada: Nanaimo Bars

    Two stacked rows of Nanaimo bars, which are layered treats containing wafer, nut, and coconut crumb base, custard icing, and chocolate ganache
    Brian Kennedy / Getty Images

    "Canada has butter tarts and Nanaimo bars, both very good." —@lelielle

    Recipe: Nanaimo bars

    4. St. Louis: Gooey Butter Cake

    Gooey butter cake

    "Gooey butter cake, one of the treasures of St Louis." —@sutterdan

    Recipe: Gooey butter cake

    5. New Mexico: Green Chile Caliche

    6. Arkansas: Chocolate Gravy Over Biscuits

    Soft-lit ceramic plate containing warm biscuits and gooey chocolate gravy on top
    Lexington Herald Leader / Tribune News Service via Getty Images

    "Chocolate gravy served over hot, fresh-buttered biscuits for this child of the Arkansas Ozark foothills. Perfect for weekends or the morning after spending the night at the aunt's or grandparents' place." —@W1gmund

    Recipe: Arkansas chocolate gravy

    7. Oklahoma: Cherokee Grape Dumplings

    Glass bowl filled with grape syrup, grapes, and grape dumplings
    The Washington Post / The Washington Post via Getty Images

    "If you go to a wild onion dinner here in eastern Oklahoma, you'll probably get some grape dumplings for dessert. Dumplings boiled in grape juice." —@Agasgani

    Recipe: Cherokee grape dumplings

    8. Ohio: Buckeyes

    Six rows of buckeyes, chocolate-covered peanut butter candies, cooling off on parchment paper
    Cavan Images / Getty Images

    "In Ohio, people make 'buckeyes,' a homemade chocolate-covered peanut butter candy. They look just like the nuts of the buckeye tree, and they are delicious." —@Antirealist

    Recipe: Buckeyes

    9. Pennsylvania: Moravian Sugar Cake

    White plate on bright blue surface containing a doughy cake topped with small indented areas filled with cinnamon sugar

    "Moravian sugar cake! It’s craggy, it’s buttery, and it’s topped with cinnamon sugar." —@TheTinaVasquez

    Recipe: Moravian sugar cake

    10. Maine: Whoopie Pies

    Manicured hand grabbing a dark whoopie pie consisting of chocolate cookies and a cream filling; there is also a metal container containing four more whoopie pies
    Veselina Zheleva / Getty Images

    "Whoopie pies are very much a Maine thing." —@stacy_ksullivan

    Recipe: Whoopie pies

    11. Canada (and Iceland): Vinaterta

    Cakes layered with jam, cut into squares, and laying on white parchment paper

    "I’m going to go with vinarterta, which was brought to Manitoba by Icelandic immigrants in the late 1800s but is now more popular in Manitoba than in Iceland. Popular at Christmas. Prune filling is traditional, but you can get it with raspberry or other fruits." —@coueslana

    Recipe: Vinaterta


    12. Romania: Piersici (Peach-Shaped Cookies)

    Plates with pear-shaped cookies decorated with mint sprigs to resemble real leaves

    "Romanian American here, bringing you piersici (peach cookies with jam). My grandma and uncle always used peach jam as the filling, and these are the TO DIE FOR cookie of the summer." —@menacedelavande

    Recipe: Piersici

    13. Ukraine: Napoleon Cake

    Layered cake with cream layers and a textured topping.
    Juliya Perepelitsyna / Getty Images

    "I'm from Ukraine. I grew up eating Napoleons, but only on holidays. It's not a super-weird dessert, by any means, but it's also not something you usually see at a holiday party in the US." —@LilWayneChrebet

    Recipe: Napoleon cake

    14. South Africa: Koeksisters

    Twisted sticky donut being drizzled with clear syrup

    "Koeksisters. 'A traditional South African sticky donut treat.' I cannot claim South Africa to be 'mine,' and the only way this dessert is weird is that, without question, the koeksister is an unexpected, unparalleled magic in the mouth." —@phosphologist

    Recipe: Koeksisters

    15. Scotland: Macaroon Bars

    Chocolate-covered rectangular bars containing a hard and textured coconut and potato filling

    "Not so much a dessert as just a sweet, but I'll say macaroon bars. It’s mashed potato mixed with all the icing sugar." —@TheCulljoy

    Recipe: Macaroon bars

    16. Spain: Txantxigorri

    17. Philippines: Corn-and-Cheese Ice Cream

    18. Russia: Tort Smetannik

    A high, layered yellow cake topped with brown flakes and a white cream

    "I grew up on Russian tort smetannik, or sour cream cake. So moist and not too sweet. Who says you can't add sour cream to every single part of the meal?" —@mbelinsky

    Recipe: Tort smetannik

    19. Paraguay: Bollos

    20. El Salvador: Salvadoran Quesadilla

    Knife cutting into Salvadoran quesadilla, or cheese pound cake. Other El Salvadorean treats surround the cake.
    Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    21. Brazil: Brigadeiros

    Dark chocolate truffles covered with sprinkles stacked on a white plate

    "Oh, Brazil has lots, including brigadeiro, sonho, pudim de leite, and sweet pizza." —@TR2_Ghosts

    Recipe: Brigadeiros

    22. Australia: Fairy Bread

    Boy smiling while holding a slice of fairy bread cut into a triangle, buttered, and topped with colorful sprinkles
    Elms, Greg / Getty Images

    "Australia has fairy bread, a staple of children’s parties. It’s sliced white bread, buttered and smothered with hundreds and thousands of sprinkles and cut into triangles. I admit being shocked when I first saw it, but it’s unthinkable to not serve it for a kids party." —@UnaMcIlvenna

    Recipe: Fairy bread

    23. Germany: Poppy Seed Cake

    Dark brown cake with dense texture covered with white icing sitting on white plate

    "Hails from the far eastern parts of Germany. Just don't get drug tested the next day." —@ThatTrav

    Recipe: Poppy seed cake

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    What's your favorite dessert hailing from your city, region, or country? Share in the comments!