A dessert is a confectionery course that concludes a main meal. Desserts usually consists of sweet foods, and possibly a beverage such as wine or liqueur. It may also include coffee, cheeses, nuts, or other savoury items. In some parts of the world, such as much of central and western Africa, and most parts of China, there is no tradition of this course to conclude a meal.
The term “dessert” can apply to many confections, such as cakes, tarts, cookies, biscuits, gelatines, pastries, ice creams, pies, puddings, custards, and sweet soups. Fruit is also commonly found in the final courses because of its naturally occurring sweetness. Some cultures sweeten foods that are more commonly savoury to create desserts.
“Life is short so eat dessert first.”