There are two sweets in Greek confectionery that made it to Taste Atlas’ list of the 50 best sweets in the world, a list formed by public ratings.
In this multinational list honey macarons are in 34th place and galaktobourek in 37th place. The first place in the list of 50 is occupied by the French crepes, in the 2nd place is the Brazilian bombocado, in the 3rd place the Peruvian queso helado, in the 4th place the tiramisu and in the 5th place the crème brûlée.
In the top ten is, among others, the French chocolate soufflé, the baklava is in 27th place, while the pistachio ice cream is in 40th.
“Although believed to originate from ancient Phoenicia, honey macaroons are today a typical Greek Christmas treat. These delicious semolina cookies are traditionally flavored with honey, orange zest, cinnamon, olive oil and sometimes brandy,” says the Taste Atlas of honey macaroons.
“Immediately after baking, the honey macaroons are drizzled with honey syrup and then sprinkled with ground walnuts. Although some argue that another Greek treat called finikia refers to a slightly different dessert, occasionally fried and served without nuts, today both names are used interchangeably.
Galaktoboureko is the classic Greek dessert commonly found in patisseries and traditional taverns across the country, reports Taste Atlas.
“This traditional Greek dessert consists of numerous leaves that are sprinkled with melted butter and combined with a light semolina cream. After being thoroughly baked and frozen, the dessert is traditionally coated in the orange spiced, sugary syrup, allowing the layers to absorb the flavors and transform the galaktoburek into a soft, velvety treat.”