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Sweet Travel Treats

Do you have a sweet tooth? After a hard day of beach-combing, looking at museums or meeting new people,  there are times when a bit of dessert hits the spot. Here are some of my favorite tasty sweets from around the world:

One of my all-time favorite treats on a hot day in Southeast Asia, I could eat an ice kachang any time of day. (You’ll find it called different things in different countries, but almost always translated into English as ice kachang or spelled in Malaysian as ais kachang). Start with a healthy bowl of shaved ice, then add dried, preserved or fresh fruit; syrup; red beans; corn; coconut noodles; and more.

My favorite memory? Watching tourist kids dig into ice kachang at one of Singapore’s hawker markets.

A specialty of an area of China in which I once lived, double milk is also sometimes described (much less appetizingly) as twice-boiled milk pudding. What it is, is gorgeous. Creamy, rich, and with a faint hint of vanilla, whether served tooth-achingly cold or tongue-scaldingly hot, this dessert will always be one of my favorites.

My favorite memory? Searching for the best example of double milk in the backstreets of Hong Kong, ducking between stores in the middle of a rainstorm and being unable to decide.

Watermelon. Peppermint. Lemon. Chocolate. Strawberry. Raspberry. Coffee. I made it a game when in Italy—how many gelato could we find (and eat) each day? The dedication shown to this icily wonderful sweet is remarkable, as you can learn in this fun blog by a former blogmate of mine, Patricia Winton.

My favorite gelato, one that I remember years later? Melon, eaten while waiting in line for the Coliseum.

You haven’t really visited Australia until you’ve paid homage to the favorite national dessert, pavlova. Named after a Russian ballerina who actually first ate it in New Zealand, pavlova is the go-to dessert for hot Aussie summers. It’s made of meringue and fruit, and goes really, really well with Australian wines.

My favorite pavlovas have been made by Aussie expats homesick for a taste of their signature dessert.

Tart, sweet, smooth and crumbly, Key Lime pie is a dessert I will travel miles for. At its most authentic, this pie is made with juice from real Key limes—ones grown in the Florida Keys. These limes are slightly tarter and bolder than your usual limes, and make a delicious pie, especially when contrasted with sweetened whipped cream.

My favorite Key Lime pie was in a diner in the Florida Keys, right before my ancient Subaru decided it wanted to lose its clutch on the highway home. The sweet memory of the pie helped a bit (just a bit) when I had to deal with the mechanic’s bill. Second favorite would be the pie purchased at half price from an expat bar in China. I’m sure it wasn’t authentic “Key” lime pie, but it sure was tasty!

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Hi! I’m Beth. Thanks for visiting Everyday Travel Stories, a site that celebrates all of the glorious travel opportunities on our planet.

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