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French still have biggest sweet tooth

While consumption is falling, France remains the most passionate about dessert

Do you find yourself indulging in sweet treats more often when you are in France?

Traditionally, the French barely consider a meal complete unless it is finished off with something sweet, but times are changing.

According to France 2 journalist Simon Ricottier, between 2014 and 2017 the number of desserts consumed each week fell to eight million. He added there is a general long-term trend where time set aside for meals is becoming shorter, meaning the starter and/or dessert end up being sacrificed.

However, the French are still the most passionate about desserts, ending 71% of their meals with one, compared to 67% in Spain and a mere 30% in the UK.

The most popular dessert in France is the chocolate fondant, followed by chocolate mousse. Then comes tiramisu, followed by mille-feuille and rum baba. The one most frequently sold at restaurants is the crème brûlée, said the journalist.

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