18 iconic European desserts you need to try once

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The United States may have some of the most buzzworthy desserts on social media right now (ogle over these insane milkshakes), but no one does sweets quite like Europe.

Despite the fact that Europe is roughly the same size as the United States, each country developed its own unique way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Jump from France to Germany and you will start to see a lot more chocolate and apples. Swing over to Sweden and get your 'fika' on with a cake the color of Kermit.

It is impossible to pick just one dessert to sum up a country's culture (imagine if Americans tried to pit a New York-style cheesecake against a Floridan Key lime pie or beignet from New Orleans.) Instead, one sugary treat was selected from each country that is both commonly found and unique to the area.

Click below to see the top treats in Western Europe and Scandinavia worth building a trip around:

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