Are you ready to learn some idioms and expressions about sweets and desserts? A dessert is a sweet dish that is eaten after main meal. A sweet is another name for a dessert.
HOT TIP – The word dessert has a double ‘s’. If you spell it with a single ‘s’ (desert), it means ‘to abandon’ as a verb. They are pronounced the same but have different meanings. Words like this are called ‘homophones‘. If highly recommend checking them out if you’re serious about learning English.
A cake is a soft fluffy dessert food made from eggs, flour (pronounced like flower – it’s a homophone), butter and sugar. It’s baked in the oven and can be decorated when it’s cooled.
FUN FACT – there is also a verb ‘to cake’ it means to cover an object with a thick sticky mixture that will harden. For example – I caked the cake with chocolate ganache (gan-ash).
Let’s take a look at some common cake expressions.
Candy is made from sugar, colouring and fruity flavourings. It can be hard and sucked or soft and chewy. Candy is a treat and shouldn’t be eaten all the time unless you want rotten teeth.
FUN FACT – Candy is a term used in the USA. British English prefers to use the term ‘sweets’. If you’d like to find out more differences between British and American English, click here.
Let’s take a look at some common candy expressions.
Who doesn’t love chocolate, hey? If you’ve been living on another planet and don’t know what chocolate is, I’ll tell you now. Chocolate is made from roasted cacao beans. They are mixed with sugar, milk and set into a block. Other things can be added such as fruit, nuts, caramel etc. It can be added to cakes, drinks, and ice cream. Chocolate is very versatile and simply delicious!
A cookie is a type of biscuit that is generally chewy and contains chocolate chips or dried fruit pieces. Cookie is the general term for biscuits in the USA. In British English, biscuits are hard and crunchy, so slightly different than a cookie.
If you ever go to England, make sure you fit right in by dipping your biscuit into a nice cup of tea.
Sugar is a crystalized food that comes from sugar cane. It’s extremely sweet and highly addictive. It’s used to sweeten things such as tea and cakes.
HOT TIP – ‘To sugar’ is also a verb (regular), it means to add sugar to something to make it sweeter.
sweets and dessert idioms
Here’s a few more for you to learn, then you deserve a break!