Dessert () is a confectionery course that concludes a main meal . The course usually consists of sweet foods, and possibly a beverage such as dessert wine or liqueur , but may include coffee , cheeses, nuts, or other savory items. In some parts of the world , such as much of central and western Africa , and most parts of China , there is no tradition of a dessert course to conclude a meal .
The term "dessert" can apply to many confections, such as cakes, tarts, cookies , biscuits , gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies , puddings, custards, and sweet soups. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its naturally occurring sweetness . Some cultures sweeten foods that are more commonly savory to create desserts.