Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

10 Most Decadent Pastries Ever Conceived

        Lifestyle | Desserts


New Orleans is famous for all kinds of food and drink, but one of its most celebrated treats is the beignet. The beignet is sort of like a doughnut, but if you've ever had one, you know that it's much more than that. A beignet is yeast dough, raised, fried and then liberally dusted with powdered sugar. And unlike the doughnut, it doesn't have a hole, which is just fine with us -- more beignet to eat! The New Orleans coffee shop Café du Monde is a well-known spot to stop for chicory coffee and fresh, hot beignets. You'll find hungry tourists and locals there at all hours.

More to Explore