In Western culture, Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, usually consisting of sweet food. The word comes from the French language as dessert and this from Old French desservir, “to clear the table” and “to serve.” Common desserts include cakes, cookies, pastries, ice cream, and candies, fruit may also be eaten with the dessert. In Russia, breakfast foods such as Bliny,Oladi, and Syrniki served with honey and jam are also popular as desserts.

The word dessert is most commonly used for this course in U.S., Canada, Australia, and Ireland, while sweet, pudding or afters may be alternative terms used in the UK and some other Commonwealth countries, including India. In England, the term pudding might be used among the Upper and Upper-middle classes, with dessert only used if the course consists of fruit.

Desserts are often eaten with a dessert spoon, intermediate in size between a teaspoon and a tablespoon.