Even though their name might signify otherwise, Arabic sweets are not only available in the Arabic world. They are today spread all over the globe and have become popular everywhere. Even though they take different names in different regions, such as Middle Eastern or Mediterranean sweets, they are a well defined set of desserts and pastries made from dough and nuts.
Arabic sweets have gained a lot of fame everywhere it was introduced. In many countries of the world, these desserts are becoming very popular and in high demand. They have been already very popular in all Arabic and Middle Eastern countries for many years. Over there, they are the desserts of choice. Stores that sell them are available in all cities and people consume them almost every day. They are also gifted on many occasions.
Most of the types of this collection of confections have been invented in Lebanon and Syria. These are the two pioneering countries that have contributed the most of their development over the years. Each country has its own versions and variations, but in general, they both have the same general types. The details differ from one country to the other. For example, Syrian sweets contain less sugar than the Lebanese versions, but in general, their taste is very close.
People in Lebanon and Syria did not keep the secrets of their craftsmanship in their respective countries. On the contrary, they have shared many of their secrets between each other as well with people from countries around them. Specifically, they have established facilities all over the Arabic world to manufacture their products, and have in the process taught their craftsmanship to people around the region. This has results in spreading Arabic sweets all over the countries around them in the first step, and later all over the world. Manufacturers exist today in all continents and are diversified among many countries. This has been mainly driven by immigrants from Lebanon and Syria who had some knowledge about sweets manufacturing and who happened to immigrate to a number of countries. Once settled, they used their knowledge to open businesses around the manufacturing and retail of these desserts.
Other countries also helped in spread specific types of Arabic sweets. Baklava for example is popular in Greek as well. Greeks have brought it to the United States also and have helped in making it more familiar to people in the Western world. Even though Greek Baklava is a little different than the Middle Eastern version, they both share many characteristics and their taste is very close. Baklava has been much more popular in the Western world than other types like Mamoul or Nammoura. This is partly due to the influence played by the Greek population of immigrants who have introduced the former and who are not familiar with the latter themselves. Due to these factors, Baklava is today the most popular Arabic dessert worldwide. People crave it all around the world and dozens of recipes are available today online.
There exist many versions of Baklava that mostly differ in the type of nuts used as well as the amount of sugar and syrup added. Whether you like your Baklava extra juicy or less sugary, you can find a recipe that best fits your taste.