sweets and dessert idioms

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.

cake sayings

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.

cake idioms, expressions and sayings
cake sayings - as nutty as a fruitcake
cake sayings - brownie points
cake sayings - have one’s cake and eat it
cake idioms and expressions - icing on the cake
cake sayings - piece of cake
cake idioms and expressions - sell like hot cakes
cake idioms and expressions - stud muffin

candy 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.

candy sayings and expressions
candy sayings - eye candy
candy idioms and expressions - like taking candy from a baby

chocolate 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!

One very famous quote about chocolate is from the film Forrest Gump. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Let’s take a look at some common chocolate expressions.

chocolate idioms and expressions
chocolate idioms - as much use a a chocolate teapot
chocolate idioms and expressions - life is like a box of chocolates meaning

cookie expressions

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.

cookie idioms and expressions
cookie idioms and expressions - smart cookie
cookie idioms and expressions - tough cookie
cookie idioms and expressions - that’s the way the cookie crumbles
cookie idioms and expressions - take the biscuit

sugar expressions

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.

sugar idioms and expressions
sugar expressions - sugar daddy
sugar idioms and expressions - sugar-coat

sweets and dessert idioms

Here’s a few more for you to learn, then you deserve a break!

other sweet food idioms, expressions and sayings
sweet and dessert idioms - as flat as a pancake
sweet and dessert idioms - cowardy custard
sweet and dessert idioms - the proof of the pudding is in the eating meaning
sweet and dessert idioms - have a sweet tooth meaning
sweet and dessert idioms - jam session