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Mar 12, 2012 03:58 PM

Around the World Party

Hi Chowhounders! I am planning an "Around the World" dessert party where I will be pairing a traditional dessert with two beverages (one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic) from as many different countries as possible!

After spending the last three hours trying to put together a list of traditional beverages and desserts from around the world, my head is spinning and I am sick of google-ing.

I would love your ideas for this party! Please list the country and any traditional beverages/desserts that would represent that country. I don't need recipes, just ideas! Thanks!

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  1. have you considered combining the drink WITH the dessert for some?

    for example, a lemonello gelato or espresso affogato for italy, a tequila paleta for mexico, champagne truffles for france...

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    1. re: mattstolz

      I did consider that, and it is a great idea--but, most of the combinations I can think of would involve putting alcohol in the dessert and some of the people coming to the party don't want any alcohol (hence the need for two different drinks).

      1. re: SharpCheese

        Mexico: Tres Leches cake/Kahlua/coffee
        Germany: German chocolate cake/Ice wine/coffee
        England: Trifle/Sherry/tea
        French: Array of cheese/Moscato or any French dessert wine/coffee au lait
        Italy: Gelato/tiramisu/lemoncello/expresso
        I have to stop...

        1. re: Gail

          I love the tres leches idea--Thanks!

    2. i'm gonna list foods for now...

      Spain- flan, churros
      Austria - kaiserschmarrn - fluffy pancake fried in pieces and torn and served with powdered sugar and fruit compote
      Australia /New Zealand- Lamgintons, Pavlova
      Portugal - Natas
      India - Gulaab Jamun
      Turkey - Baklava
      Japan - Yokan (adzuki bean jelly), Sweet Omelet, Mochi
      China - Moon Pies, Almond Cookies
      Norway - Krumkake, Fattigman
      Denmark - Wienerbrod, Rødgrød

      that's my start..

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      1. re: Emme

        That's a wonderful start! I can't wait to research these!

        1. re: Emme

          For India, I'd also add rasgullas and/or rasmali.

        2. Dodol with chendol.
          Bubur cha cha with teh tarik.
          Kueh lapis, kueh talam, etc etc with kopi-o or Ipoh kopi.
          Wor pang with Cantonese sweet almond tea.

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          1. re: huiray

            Pardon my ignorance, but what country are these foods from? I am very interested in learning more about them as I have never heard of them!

            1. re: SharpCheese

              #1,2,3 from Malaysia/Singapore. Nyonya/Peranakan, Chinese-Malaysian, Indian-Malaysian/Mamak, Malay/SE Asian foods/drinks.
              #4 from China (more southern than northern)/SE Asia.

              Google them.

          2. Vietnam:

            Banh chuoi nep nuong with a crisp Gewurztraminer. Salty plum soda for the non-drinkers.


            1. For Germany, Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte with Kirshwasser and Sprudel.

              Black forest cherry cake served with German cherry brandy and a mixture of cola and lemon fanta.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                *sigh* Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is one of my favorite things.