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17 of the world’s most beautiful loukoumades: The Greek doughnut balls you need in your life

When it comes to food, we have a lot to thank the Greeks for. Imagine a life without feta or Greek yoghurt? It doesn’t bear thinking about! When it comes to sweet treats, our current favourite are loukoumades – light doughnut balls traditionally soaked in honey syrup or dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Today, thanks perhaps to the worldwide doughnut trend, loukoumades are topped with everything from lashings of Nutella and crushed nuts to jam, lemon curd and freeze-dried raspberries. Here are 17 glorious enough to make you board a plane to Athens right now.

1. These glorious glossy mouthfuls

2. These honey- and nut-drizzled beauties

  #goGREEKorGOHOME #loukoumades #greekdessert #honeynutscarbs #dontcare   A photo posted by Andrea Theodorakos (@cookiegoddess) on

3. These ones with honey, cinnamon and walnuts

4. These sauce-drenched heartbreakers

  #tastesfromparadise #loukoumades #nafpliogreece #sweettemptation   A photo posted by Elpida Mchrn (@elpida_mc) on

5. These magnificent balls that reside in Melbourne (but have a Greek heart)

6. These tiny treats with chocolate praline, melted Kinder Bueno and white chocolate, with Twix ice cream

7. These stunners who reside in Sydney

8. These sprinkle-topped cuties

  #yumyum #loukoumades #bueno #colourful #λουκουμαδες   A photo posted by mims (@mimaki_ps) on

9. These ones topped with salted caramel and popcorn or a chocolate drizzle and coconut shavings

10. These pina colada-flavoured pops

11. These lemon-curd-stuffed babies topped with freeze-dried raspberries

12. These sesame-seed-speckled sweeties

13. And these pistachio and spun-sugar creations

14. These little balls drowning in chocolate

#foodporn #lifokitchen #loukoumades A photo posted by Babis N. Kortsaris (@food_hooliganism) on

15. These perfect, crispy loukoumades

Treat your self. #loukoumades #cinnamonhoney #chocolate #rasberry #dessert   A photo posted by Ambrosia On Pako (@ambrosia_on_pako) on

16. This inspired Sunday breakfast featuring Nutella-drizzled loukoumades

  Lou-kou-ma-des ⠀ ⠀ #loukoumades #agiasos #village #sundaytrip #yummy #sweet #nutella #honey #cinamon #sundaymorning #foodies   A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀PINELOPI APOSTOLELI (@pinelopi_ap) on

17. And this appropriately-sized portion

#foodporn #loukoumades #delicious

A photo posted by Sarah (@snaphappysara) on

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