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Luscious Jamaican Desserts That You Won't Be Able to Resist

If you are looking for something new to add to your cooking collection, you must try these delicious Jamaican desserts that will surely sweeten your mood with every bite!

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

If you have been to the wonderful country of Jamaica, you know that its cuisine has a lot of influences from various food cultures from around the globe. But the Jamaican foods remain unique and mouthwatering. So if you are looking for something new to add to your cooking collection, you must try these delicious Jamaican desserts that will surely sweeten your mood with every bite! Keep reading to get yourself acquainted with the real spirit of Jamaica.

Blue Drawers (Duckunoo)

Its name may not sound appetizing but wait until you taste these steamed leaf-wrapped party desserts that are traditionally cooked with a base of cornmeal, green bananas, cassava, or sweet potato. The ingredients are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. You will find these blue drawers hard and tender that you need to bite through. They contain cinnamon, coconut powder, vanilla, and other flavors that will make every bite more satisfying. These desserts are usually called blue draw, dukunnu, and tie-a-leaf.

Jamaican Mango Cheesecake

Here's a sweet treat to all cheesecake lovers out there! Jamaica has its own fruity cheesecake that is perfect for a summer dessert. Jamaican mango cheesecake is made from Jamaican-specific ingredients but I'm sure you will find some local alternatives without changing the taste and flavor. I know most of us, if not all, cannot resist a good cheesecake so you must try this one and your taste buds will surely thank you.


In love with tarts? This is for you. Gizzada is mostly thought to be of Jewish or Portuguese origin but it is famous in Jamaica. Some people call it guizada, grizzada, and pinch-me-round. Gizzada is basically a small tart with a crispy envelope and sweet and spicy stuffing of grated fresh coconut. You will absolutely enjoy the perfect combination of sugar, butter, nutmeg, and coconut.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Who doesn't love pudding? This Jamaican sweet potato pudding is comfort food that will remind you of home. It is a traditional dish made from hand-grated sweet potatoes, coconut, vanilla, and raisins. People of all ages love the enigmatic smells of the toasted coconut mixed with vanilla. So if you are looking for something luscious to make for your family, this one is a good option.

Jamaican Rum Cake

Christmas season is here and I am sure you are looking for a unique dessert to serve to your family and friends. You can never go wrong with this signature confectionery for Christmas. Jamaican rum cake is also called Jamaican Christmas cake or Jamaican fruit cake. This delicious dessert is full of flavorful ingredients-- powdered spices, alcohol, essences, fruits, and more. It is usually baked during the Christmas and New Year season. Let your taste buds enjoy the taste of red wine mixed with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, dry fruits, and other spices. The whole family will surely love Jamaican rum cake too!

Grater Cake

If you love vibrant colors, then you will absolutely adore this interesting dessert that has a bright pink or red color. This is a delicious and appealing dessert to serve to kids. Grater cake is made from coconut and is also served as a snack. People of all ages will definitely enjoy its mint flavor mixed with coconut-- the real secret of its savory and fresh taste. You can put it in the refrigerator for a few days.

Coconut Drops

Coconut Drops will make everyone drool even just by looking at its photo. Well, who can resist that brown sugar sauce? This mouthwatering dessert is made of brown sugar, ginger, and dry coconut flesh and is served cold or at room temperature. A single bite will make you taste the ruling flavor of ginger.

So, which dessert is your favorite? I know it is hard to choose one cause they all look appetizing. Why not try them all and fall in love with the sweet side of Jamaica! Trust me, these desserts are going to be your newest favorite!

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