1 Sweet Aspect of Thailand You Need to Taste

  January 11, 2022 travel posts 🕑 4 minutes read

Strawberry bread sandwich with strawberry jam inside of the sandwich makes me happy. Thailand style.


Kelli stares on in horror.


I cannot get enough.


Sweet snacks in Thailand are a weird mix of savory packaging – think white bread or white rolls – with sweet innards. Or with sweet flavorings. See strawberry bread above. I enjoyed the sandwich yesterday. The 7-11 gal even asked me if I wanted it microwaved. Who’d a thunk it?


I see Thai sweet snacks as a fabulous answer to a lacking sweet game the world around. India rocks ghee butter snacks. But most lands – save Turkish delights and delectable Greek sweet treats in Cyprus – come up short, from places I personally visited for weeks or months, in the dessert game.


Note; these desserts are packaged deals from shops.


If you want to learn about fresh, home-made Khan Wan Thai (Thai desserts) read this awesome guide by Mark at Migrationology:


The Ultimate Thailand Sweets Guide


7-11 Culture


Although sweet treats avail themselves in small Thai shops, the 7-11 culture calls the shots in terms of sweets.


Entire racks devote themselves to a mix of white bread and pandan, taro in hamburger rolls, or loaves of bread flavored with chocolate, or pandan.


I love the sweets. Each reminds me of delightful doughnut fare, mixing sweet, rich goodness with a white bread, processed counter.


My favorite bizarre Thai sweet treat:


  • hot dog bun
  • strawberry cream
  • raisins


The bun filled itself with luscious cream, peppered with ample raisins.


Although I love such fare for my sweet tooth – OK; to get calories because I eat so little – Kelli cannot stomach said snacks.


I get it. Folks tend to see white bread as a savory. Oft times, hamburger rolls with sesame seeds, plain burger rolls, white bread slices and hot dog buns house the tasty sweet creams, sauces and other fare like:


  • pandan
  • taro
  • coconut
  • chocolate


flavored goodness. I understand; you want burgers sandwiched in between sesame seed buns.


But give a Thai sweet treat a moment, appreciate the contrast between satisfying bun or bread, and rich sweetness of its filler.


Pandan custard topping sliced bread.


Be open.


You are in the Land of Smiles, after all.


Being open to trying different food stuffs may require a bit of adventuring. But the various flavors you enjoy seem well worth peeling open your mind. Who knew sweet and savory made such a delectable combo? I never would have imagined eating strawberry cream topped with raisins nestled in between a hot dog bun. Donuts in the USA….eat your heart out!


One Treat Universally Appreciated


Taro cream and coconut shreds in a flaky, turnover like filling even got the thumbs up from Kelli.


She loved the treat. Who wouldn’t?


I give it the universal appreciation label if Kelli nods. She has great contrast, food-wise.


Taro is a popular sweet in Southeast Asia. I enjoyed this snack more than a few times in varied forms traveling around the region. Think organic sweetness versus the artificial, crappy drivel mass-produced in factories to be injected into Westerners.




All sweet treats I enjoyed were high quality, fresh deals. Sometimes still moist from the bakery, high turnover means fresh goods every morning when you visit 7-11 or Tesco or your convenience store of choice in Thailand.


Perhaps you assume that such bizarre combos scream artificial flavoring. Nope. Each sweet treat I’ve enjoyed in Thailand tastes wholesome. Not sure if I would confuse any of these confectionary delights with my mom’s out-of-this-world pancakes or baked goods but each passes the quality test with flying colors.


Taro bread in Thailand.


Note; do not sweet treat shop after 8 PM. Racks should and will be largely cleared by then, meaning your selections vanish into thin air, with Thai and farang ravaging racks during morning and day time hours. People need energy. Folks gotta get their fix.


The Verdict


I am Team Thai sweet treat.


Some Westerners scoff at the seeming bizarre combinations; I need not meat in my paddy, thank you (please don’t run with that).


Pandan sauce, taro cream or chocolate custard do just fine, for me.


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