Loukoumades are a popular dessert enjoyed all throughout Cyprus. Loukoumades are small pastries made of deep-fried dough, soaked in sugar syrup. Loukoumades are not exclusively Cypriot and they are enjoyed by people all over Greece too. In Cyprus the tradition is to serve Loukoumades in the sugar syrup only but in Greece it is common to garnish them with honey, cinnamon crushed walnuts or sesame seeds. In Cyprus, Loukoumades are often sold at “paniyiria” (festivals). Loukoumades are best eaten hot and fresh. They are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and deliciously sweet.