Traditional vs. Non-traditional Thanksgiving Desserts


Why not eat ice cream this year as a Thanksgiving dessert? (Photo by: Lonely Planet)

Traditional desserts for Thanksgiving are usually pumpkin pie, apple pie, or pecan pie. Have you ever wanted to break away from the traditions and serve something different? Sweets like chocolate pie, pumpkin rolls, cinnamon rolls, cheesecake, banana pudding, or ice cream can work just as well as the usual Thanksgiving pies. Here are some different desserts you can try out this year at your Thanksgiving gatherings:








Pumpkin pie is a dessert that most people enjoy and is a Thanksgiving favorite. You can find it in almost every American household on Thanksgiving. Not to mention, companies release just about everything pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice flavored during the fall season. Did you know that pumpkin-flavored grocery products have gathered $511 million so far this year? All in all, it is a popular and common dessert/flavor among the public. Personally, though, I rate it a four out of 10.





The distinct taste of an apple pie is something one can never forget. The mouth-watering crispy crust and the sweetness of the soft apples melt in your mouth. Apple pie can bring back many nostalgic memories for Americans. Some even serve it with vanilla ice cream. The combination of the warm, gooey pie and the cold, creamy ice cream creates an indescribable sensation on your tongue. I rate this dessert a 10 out of 10.





Pecan pie is another fall favorite. This dessert is for individuals who prefer foods with various nutty flavors (ex: peanuts, walnuts, or hazelnuts). The buttery brown sugar and unique flavor of the pecans is something many Southerners enjoy. Click here for an easy pecan pie recipe. Personally, though, I rate it a three out of 10.                       






(Though there are six non-traditional desserts mentioned previously, I will only go over three)





Banana pudding isn’t common at a Thanksgiving feast but is something that can be a new addition. It’s presented in either a big glass bowl or in small individual glass cups. The dessert isn’t too sweet or too filling. After eating an abundance of heavy-sitting sides, it is a perfect dessert that will not make you feel sick. I rate this dessert a six out of 10.





If you are not a fan of pumpkin pie but love pumpkin-flavored foods, you could bake pumpkin rolls. It is a fun dessert that is also aesthetically pleasing. The swirly design and pumpkin flavor can be a suitable substitute for a pumpkin pie. I have never tried pumpkin rolls. Hopefully, I can try it soon, though I’m not a big fan of pumpkin.




Everyone loves ice cream. After eating a big meal, ice cream is usually a go-to treat. Depending on the person, it would be a good dessert choice after a Thanksgiving meal because it comes in many flavors and is light if eaten in moderation. So, if you are considering what to eat as a Thanksgiving dessert, you should pick ice cream. You won’t be disappointed. I rate this dessert a 10 out of 10.



For Thanksgiving, you don’t always have to stick to the traditional fall desserts. Sometimes it’s good to switch things up and eat sweets you wouldn’t eat normally. However, there is nothing wrong with keeping the traditional Thanksgiving desserts.