What can we say – we love food here at Food For Net. We do try to eat healthy though, because working at a desk all day is not helping our waist lines or cardiovascular health. So instead of pigging out every day, sometimes we just browse the internet for delicious pictures to drool over.
Whether these pictures inspire you to invent your own delicious and decadent desserts or you're just killing some time at work before lunch, here are some sweet treats worth browsing!
Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream Cookies
Mint and chocolate is a pairing that just seems like a match made in heaven – or maybe that’s just me. Buying ice cream sandwiches from the grocery store tends to result in something bland and flavorless, but making them yourself using real cookies and ice cream results in a much richer and tastier dessert. At the same time, you also have the option of tailoring it to your own taste, by choosing the type of cookies and the flavor of ice cream that you use in the dessert.
Traditionally, tiramisu is a slice and a pretty popular one at that. But, who says that’s all a tiramisu can be? After all, the general flavors of coffee, cocoa, mascarpone and sugar can be combined in a range of different, very effective, ways. A tiramisu cupcake is just one example of this and when done right the cupcakes really do taste like a mini tiramisu. They can also look both appealing and unique, making them a good approach for impressing dinner guests.
Warm Belgian Waffles And Ice Cream
Belgian waffles are one type of dessert that is simply not made often enough in the United States. This type of waffle differs from the traditional American waffle in a few ways. It uses a lighter batter and tends to have larger squares and deeper pockets along with a larger overall size. Serving the waffle warm with ice cream turns it into an appealing and luxurious dessert item. Confectioner’s sugar and fresh fruit are also often included to make the dish even more special.
Oreo cheesecakes do a great job of combining two very appealing foods into one. Typically this type of cheesecake is very easy to make and many of the recipes out there don’t even require baking. This makes the cheesecake a good choice if you have to bring dessert to an event or if you simply don’t have much time. The color contrast with an Oreo cheesecake also works really well, because the cheesecake ends up standing out. Any dark chocolate sauce will also add to this effect.
Apple Cinnamon Mini-Pies
Making a pie can be a big endeavor and you almost always end up with much more pie than you actually want or need. Mini-pies are a fantastic way around this, because these are single serving pies that are fairly easy to make. Often you can make these in muffin tins, which cuts down on the mess and the effort. Another cool thing is that the small size makes mini pies, like this apple cinnamon pie, very easy to decorate and you can make each individual pie look appealing and professional.
Home Made Lemon Jelly Doughnuts
Donuts are a fantastic sweet treat, but if you buy them from a grocery store, the end results can be pretty hit and miss. That’s even more true for filled donuts and you will often end up with donuts with too little filling or filling that tastes just a little bit weird. Making your own donuts can be a bit of work, but the end result is well worth the effort. In fact, you’re liable to find that anything from the store pales in comparison to what you make at home. With homemade donuts, you also get to try flavor combinations like this lemon jelly donut. In this case, the sharpness of the lemon works really well combined with the sweetness of the rest of the donut.
Salted Caramel Bacon Brownie
Bacon on a dessert isn’t especially common, but honestly, what doesn’t taste better with a little bit of bacon. This brownie is based on the same concept as salted caramel chocolate and other desserts, which is that the combination of salty and sweet works particularly well together. This approach helps to produce a dessert that is very pleasing to the palate and that doesn’t overwhelm you with sweetness. The very recognizable flavor of bacon just adds to this effect and the end result is a very nice (and unexpected) flavor.
Vanilla Ice Cream on Toasted Peanut Butter Cake
Peanut butter in desserts is a very American approach to food, but it is also a very good one. This peanut butter cake is just one example of this approach and would be particularly appealing to any peanut butter lovers out there. The combination of flavors works really well together, as you have the sweetness of the cake and the ice cream, along with the relative saltiness that comes through from the peanuts themselves.
Dried Fruit & Nut Fudge
Fudge is an especially popular treat in its own right, but including dried fruit and nuts in the mix can be one really amazing way of making fudge a bit more interesting and memorable. The variations with this approach are basically endless, because there are so many different types of nuts and dried fruit that you could potentially include. The version in the image uses cashews, dried apricots and dried cranberries, but you can really let your imagination go wild. The fruit and nuts help to give the fudge a unique texture and also break up the flavor, making it much more enjoyable than standard chocolate fudge.
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
Cookies and cream is another very appealing and popular taste. This type of cake is sometimes made with Oreos, but it works well with a wide range of different types of cookies. This type of cheesecake is especially appealing because it is a little different than most other cheesecakes out there and the flavors of the cookies work very well with the overall taste of the cheesecake.
Chocolate Banana Crepes
Chocolate and banana is a particularly amazing combination of flavors – one that works well for breakfast or desert. These decadent crepes certainly lean more towards the desert side of things, especially with the large amount of chocolate sauce involved. Regardless of whether they are for breakfast or dessert, this type of crepe is a fantastic combination of flavors that you won’t soon forget.
Peaches Baked With Goat Cheese
On their own, baked peaches can be good choice for a dessert, offering up all the natural sweetness of the fruit. Choosing to stuff them and then bake can be a good way of creating a more complex flavor without overwhelming the taste of the fruit. Goat cheese might seem like an odd choice, but the tanginess of the cheese pairs very well with the sweetness of the peach. Ingredients like oatmeal or hazelnuts can also be added to give the dessert a bit more texture and to add to the overall flavor.
Chocolate Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
This smoothie is another example of the power of chocolate and banana, and the cinnamon also adds a nice touch to the overall taste. With this recipe, the chocolate and banana tastes tend to be the most dominant, with the cinnamon coming in as a subtle but pleasant undertone. The strength of the flavors also means that you can add other ingredients to the smoothie without changing the taste dramatically, which works well for people who like to experiment. The rich chocolate and banana taste makes this smoothie very suitable for desserts, but it is also a good option for other parts of the day.
Candied Bacon with Pecans
Here’s another example of bacon acting as a dessert and once again, you see the combination of both sweet and salty flavors. With this type of dessert, brown sugar and maple syrup are used to caramelize the bacon, creating strips of bacon that end up being both sweet and savory. So, you get the normal savory taste of the bacon, but at the same time there is this unexpected rush of sweetness. The dessert has the advantage of being very easy to eat, however, the combination of tastes also makes it very appealing – so be careful or you might find yourself addicted.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Cake Topped With Mini Peanut Butter Cups
This one brings us back to chocolate and peanut butter. Really though, this taste is extremely popular for desserts (and for sweets) simply because it is just so good. In this case the dessert offers two sources of chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter comes from the ice cream itself and from the mini peanut butter cups, while the chocolate is from the chocolate sauce and the chocolate shells of the cups. This makes the cake absolutely perfect for anyone who loves the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.