Dessert is a course that concludes a breakfast or main meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods and beverages, but may include coffee, cheeses, nuts, or other savory items. The definition includes a range of courses ranging from fruits or dried nuts to multi-ingredient cakes and pies. Many cultures have different variations of dessert. Some cultures sweeten foods that are more commonly savory to create desserts. Desserts are a standard staple in restaurant menus, with different degrees of variety. Pie and cheesecake were among the most popular dessert courses ordered in U.S. restaurants in 2012.

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