10 Delicious and Decadent Types of Desserts

Delicious and Decadent Types of Desserts

We’ve all experienced that unmistakable craving for sweets. One minute, you’re just going about your business doing the dishes or reading the paper, and then BAM, you’re suddenly craving something decadent and delicious. If you ever find yourself craving something sweet but can’t really pinpoint the exact dessert you’re in the mood for, it might be a good idea to take a look at the options. Have you tried everything desserts have to offer? Do you think there might be a dessert you haven’t yet tasted? We’ve come up with the ten most popular types of desserts, along with some variations that fall into each category.

Categories and Types of Desserts

You can find countless different variations on desserts, from key lime cheesecake to oreo cookie milkshakes, but these sweet treats typically fall into overarching categories. Although some desserts may strike several different boxes, they usually fall within one of these several umbrellas. For example, oreo cookie milkshakes fall firmly within the frozen dessert category. To broaden your dessert repertoire, you may want to taste desserts from each one of these categories. You can use this data to figure out the type of dessert you like best. Then you can delve deep into that one category to find your very favorite dessert of all time.

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Top 10 Types of Desserts

To help you learn more about the different options of sweet treats available, we’ve gathered up ten types of desserts that are decadent, mouthwatering, and irresistible. Here’s more about each category:

1. Cakes


Perhaps the most popular dessert of all time, cake contains a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, leavening agents (such as yeast or baking powder), and sometimes milk or water. It’s topped with sweet and creamy icing for the ultimate treat.

2. Cookies


Made from flour and sugar, cookies are usually small, flat, and round. To create sandwich cookies, just place a small amount of jam or icing in the middle of two cookies. Cookies can also be cut in elaborate shapes, perfect for different seasons and events.

3. Biscuits


A different variety of baked goods that includes scones, biscotti, and more, biscuits are in a category all their own. Biscuits are typically made denser than cake, but they can vary in texture from soft and chewy to hard and crispy.

4. Pastries


Pastries include pies, cobblers, and anything else made with a light and flaky bread crust. They’re often filled with fruit, chocolate, nuts, or spices to elevate the flavor profile of the treat. Apple pie is the quintessential American pastry.

5. Candies


Confections, also called candy or sweets, feature sugar or honey as a principal ingredient. Caramel, fudge, toffee, hard candies, and gummies are all types of candy. Chocolate is perhaps the most popular type, made from a combination of cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk.

6. Custards and Puddings


Made with a base of cream and milk, puddings and custards are remarkably similar. However, puddings are thickened with starches such as corn starch or tapioca, while custards are thickened using only eggs.

7. Deep-fried

Deep fried

There are many different desserts made of deep-fried batter or dough. Donuts are made with a flour-based batter that has been deep-fried and topped with sugar or filled with sweet cream or chocolate. Churros are deep-fried and rolled in a sugar and cinnamon combination.

8. Frozen

Ice Cream

Cold, creamy, and absolutely delicious, frozen treats include ice cream, gelato, sorbet, shaved ice, frozen yogurt, and so much more. The main difference between ice cream and gelato is that gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream, resulting in a denser dessert.

9. Gelatin


Jellied desserts are made of gelatin, a processed collagen product that gives desserts the quintessential “jiggle.” These desserts include old-school gelatin, Jello, marshmallows, Gelatina de Mosaico, and more.

10. Fruit


Even fruit can be considered a dessert with its sweet and vibrant texture. Mix it with simple syrup for an easy and delicious fruit salad. Or, try one of our platters, such as our Chocolate Dipped Indulgence Platter which is filled with apples, strawberries, and pineapple daisies, all covered in decadent semisweet chocolate.

If you’re craving something sweet, turn to one of these delicious types of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Only once you have tried them all can you really determine your favorite dessert.