100+ Tasty Foods Starting with C
These foods come from all over the world and are as varied as the people who enjoy them – from appetizers to desserts, from drinks to fruit. Still, they do have something in common: they’re all delicious! So, let’s get this captivating collection of tasty foods that start with C rolling.
Elegant and sophisticated, caviar is all about the experience. The taste is rich, buttery, nutty, slightly salty and it lingers on the palate. But the overall sensation is so much more exquisite. You MUST try it, though you have to keep an eye on your wallet as caviar can be incredibly expensive.
The only suitable companion for caviar and celebratory occasions is champagne. Its playful effervescence cleanses the palate and complements caviar perfectly. Once the cork pops, you know a good time is coming.
There’s no moment that can’t be improved with a bit of chocolate. It’s just magical! Probably the only slogan it needs. Talking about chocolate, try our amaretto chocolate cake recipe or our chocolate raspberry cake recipe. And if you’ve wondered about the most expensive chocolate out there, we got you covered.
A symbol of comfort, indulgence, and the joy of savoring a delicious American classic. How can you resist savory grilled patties, gooey melted cheese, a medley of toppings including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sandwiched between soft buns?
Ancient Greece gave us democracy, arts and more importantly, cheesecake. Today, it has become a quintessential part of American culinary culture, gracing dessert menus in countless restaurants and homes across the country. Taking about cheesecake, try out blueberry banana cheesecake recipe.
This has to be the go-to beverage for quenching your thirst, provide a burst of sweetness, and give you a little pick-me-up when you need it most. With backyard barbecues or restaurant meals, there’s nothing better than a cola.
Everyone loves cake – classic vanilla or chocolate or red velvet, delicious! There’s carrot cake, lemon cake, or something exotic like matcha cake, so refreshing. Shortcake, ice cream cake, s’mores cake, coffee cake… this heavenly list could go on forever.
It’s amazing how simple thin slices of potato can produce so much excitement. But who comes up with some of these wacky flavors? Who needs Pizza or Cappuccino chips?
One legend has it that an Ethiopian herder named Kaldi first observed that his goats became unusually lively and energetic after eating the red berries from a certain tree. Thank you goats!
This is one extraordinary and versatile fruit. Extensively used in cooking, be it flakes, oil, or coconut flour form, it’s also the basis of many natural beauty products for skin and hair care.
There’s always something nostalgic about a slice of cobbler. Even though it can be cobbled together from ingredients around the house, it never fails to feel comforting and bring back childhood memories.
This popular British dessert is similar to the cobbler. With its rustic charm and fruity filling, it makes for a great way to end a meal.
Chowder comes in a number of variaties, all appetizing. New England clam chowder is known for its creamy white broth, Manhattan clam chowder is tomato-based, and in the Pacific Northwest, seafood chowders feature salmon or Dungeness crab.
15. Chop Suey
Brought by Chinese immigrants and adapted to suit local ingredients and preferences, chop suey was quickly adopted in the U.S. In recent years, it has become a staple of Chinese-American cuisine.
Small, sweet, and seedless, this citrus fruit is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange. They are in season during the winter months and make for a convenient and easy snack.
These are one of the best baked treats you can have on any occasion. From the classic chocolate chip to peanut butter or gingerbread, to even more fancy options, like biscotti, mascarpone or macaroons, it’s always cookies o’clock somewhere.
Asian cuisine has steadily shifted towards the West, bringing fragrant dishes and bold spices. And curries are the best representatives of those exotic aromas, incorporating many traditional Asian ingredients such as turmeric, cumin, cardamom or tamarind.
This aromatic flower bud has a warm, sweet, and pungent flavor and is commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes. Clove is a key ingredient for gingerbread cookies and biryani, but also mulled wine.
These are buttery, flaky crescent moons of goodness. While they can be enjoyed plain, sometimes as part of a sandwich, they are so much better when filled with chocolate or almond paste (traditional French).
Unlike American pancakes, French crêpes are thin and delicate, often filled with sweet ingredients, such as Nutella or jams, and topped with powdered sugar. They can also have savory fillings, such as ham and cheese, or even seafood.
Calzone means trousers in Italian, a reference to the half-moon shape of the dish. In America, it’s essentially a stuffed pizza, while in Italy calzone is closer to a baked sandwich.
The Brits have fish and chips, the Portuguese and Brazilians bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish cakes), both wonderful examples of why this fish is so popular. Furthermore, cod oil is a well-known supplement full of vitamin A and D. Here’s a list to our most popular cod recipes.
A refreshing Latin American recipe for seafood where raw fish is cooked in citrus juices and mixed with onions, cilantro, peppers. Ceviche comes in many forms and recipes and the most popular regional recipes are Peruvian ceviche, Mexican ceviche and Ecuadorian ceviche, the latter depicted in the photo above with a soup-like consistency.
Fried calamari is a great appetizer that you can also make for a party. They’re slightly sweet with a subtle brininess and go well with a number of sauces, including marinara, sriracha and tartar.
A whole pile of steamed crabs with plenty of butter and lemon sounds like a treat, but did you know some can grow to monstrous sizes? The Japanese spider crab can reach 12 feet across and weigh up to 44 pounds. Talk about a heavy meal…
The world is your oyster when it comes to clams. There are so many mouthwatering recipes, it can be difficult to stop at one – chowder is a classic, but spaghetti vongole, clam casino or fritters are just as satisfying.
The ultimate summer snack, these are tasty and healthy (full of antioxidants and vitamins) and are wonderful added to yogurt or salads, or used to make pies, cobblers, and other desserts.
There’s something special about the Irish which is often reflected in their cuisine. Coddle is a simple stew made with rustic ingredients like sausages, bacon, potatoes, and onions, ideal for cold days.
30. Cincinnati chili
What Tom and John Kiradjieff intended to be a unique sauce for spaghetti quickly transformed into a sensational topping, that also goes on their hot dogs. Since 1922, their creation led to a huge chili parlor chain that still operates.
The invention of cornflakes started a revolution in terms of breakfast foods. Besides the original Kellogg’s, there are now a plethora of similar options, and not only for breakfast.
Without corn, we wouldn’t have popcorn, or cornflakes, cornstarch, corn soup or tortillas. Corn syrup is a common sweetener in many foods and beverages. Even more, many industrial products are derived from corn, including ethanol and plastics.
These bite-sized appetizers are often served at social events. They consist of a bread base covered with various sweet or savory ingredients, such as caviar, salmon, prosciutto, as well as fruit or custard. In French, canapé means couch.
This delightful melon has a sweet and fragrant orange flesh. They originated in Persia and can now be sampled all over the world. Some notable varieties: Hale’s Best, Ambrosia, Athena, and Sweet ‘n’ Early.
Shred it up for a salad or a wrap, let it ferment for sauerkraut or kimchi, add it to a stew or stir-fry – the humble cabbage brings lots of texture and crunch to your dishes.
If you have some spare cabbage, along with potatoes, butter and milk, maybe try out this simple Irish dish. It’s a popular serving on Halloween that traditionally contained small objects, like coins or a ring, denoting luck.
This is goat meat grilled over an open flame with a smoky flavor and a crispy exterior. Popular in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American cooking, it often comes served whole or in tacos.
A twice distilled French apple brandy, Calvados is typically aged in oak barrels, which gives it a smooth and complex flavor. Produced in Normandy for centuries, it’s one of the oldest apple brandies in the world.
Traditionally cooked in a large caldeirão (cauldron), this hearty Portuguese stew will knock your socks off. It uses local fish such as cod, salmon, halibut, and shellfish, clams or shrimp to give you an amazing taste of ocean richness. It’s one of the most popular Portuguese foods and a must-try when visiting this beautiful country.
Tiny cakes, what’s there not to love? They’ve come a long way since their inception, almost two centuries ago, especially in terms of presentation. Nowadays, cupcakes will have frosting, sprinkles, candies, fruits…
You can’t have tea without crumpets in Britain. These soft, spongy little cakes are toasted until golden brown, then generously spread with butter and sometimes served with jam or honey.
A crisp, refreshing vegetables with a high water content and mild taste, cucumbers are perfect for salads, sandwiches, wraps, and cold soups like gazpacho. Pickled, they’re used for burgers, tacos and other finger foods.
Warm, earthy, and slightly nutty in flavour, cumin is the second most popular spice in the world (after black pepper). In ancient Egypt, it was used in cooking and for preserving mummies.
Originally a savory dish, it became a dessert in the 16th century, and thank goodness for that! We’d have missed out on this delightful dessert, but also crème brûlée, trifle, and tiramisu, where it’s a key ingredient.
This traditional Austrian dessert made of two layers of puff pastry filled with vanilla custard and topped with whipped cream truly is divine. It’s like biting into a delicious cloud.
Vibrant and tarty, these North American native berries have been uses for centuries in cooking and medicine. Cranberry sauce is a staple at Thanksgiving dinner.
Adapted to the Arctic and subarctic regions, cloudberry is a small, amber-colored fruit that resembles a raspberry in shape. It has a complex aroma, both sweet and tart, with hints of citrus and wild honey.
From the Greek word kinnámōmon, meaning shining bark, this beloved spice has been used seemingly forever, both in cooking and medicine. Studies indicate that can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
49. Chorba or Ciorba
Different styles of soup fall under the umbrella of chorba. Even when it’s called harira in Morocco, or chorba frik in Algerian, they refer to the same dish usually made with meat, vegetables, legumes, and spices. Ciorba de burta is one of the most popular traditional Romanian foods and a must-try when visiting Romania.
These small, toasted or fried cubes of bread are used as crunchy additions to salads and soups. They can also be flavored with herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or basil.
Popular around the world, these come in all shapes and sizes. Taralli are Italian, Sweden has knäckebröd; and in India, there are papadums. Double baked, crackers were essential for long maritime journeys.
These tiny semolina balls are often steamed or boiled in broth, serving as a base for stews, vegetables, or meats. Recipes are always simple, for example couscous salad combines cooked couscous with a variety of vegetables.
53. Cotton Candy
Or candy floss, probably made your day as a kid. That fluffy sugary web is amazing, and even watching the process of making it is a treat. (Bet you always thought: ”add a bit more”).
Probably the most diverse food we produce, with different shapes, textures, flavors, there’s something for everyone. From mild mozzarella to sharp Parmesan, to briny feta and aromatic brie, enjoy trying as many as you can.
Arguably the best choice for sandwiches and soaking up sauces, that crispy exterior and soft, slightly chewy interior can handle any topping exceptionally.
Originating in the Limousin region of France, this tasty French dessert closely resembles a flan or custard. The name come from Latin and translates as “to fill”, and the clafoutis is generously packed with fresh fruit, often cherries.
Also known as coriander, cilantro is a green herb used to garnish dishes such as soups or fish, but also as an ingredients in salads and chutneys. Can’t make salsa or guacamole without it.
If you’re traveling through Asia, do make it a point of trying this light dish, a type of rice porridge. Either plain or flavoured with seafood, vegetables, or herbs, it offers many nutrients and is easily digestible. Great for exhausting days.
Whenever you need to garnish for both taste and esthetics, chives is a wonderful option. It has a mild oniony tinge and goes well with soups, sauces, omelets, mashed potatoes, and creamy dressings.
Apples are delightful, not only for baking but also for creating a sweet and tangy drink. Even ancient Egyptians and Romans appreciated cider. Have a glass alongside cheeses or at barbecues.
This fried dough pastry is a popular street food in Spain and Portugal. They are typically long, thin, and crispy, and often served with a dipping sauce, such as chocolate or caramel.
Many Spanish and Mexican dishes owe their unique flavor to this peppery and spicy sausage. Furthermore, the famous Argentinian choripán, a popular street food, consists of grilled chorizo served in a bread roll.
Also known as garbanzo beans, these have been cultivated for thousands of years and are an excellent source of plant-based protein, used as alternative to meat. Some tasty dishes made with chickpeas include hummus, falafel, stuffed eggplant with chickpeas, and chana masala.
Along with Christmas trees and carols, roasted chestnuts are part of the winter spirit. Being lower in fat and calories makes them a healthier option for winter desserts.
These delicious and versatile nuts are enjoyed worldwide as Chinese cashew chicken, cashew butter, cashew milk, and even in the form of cheese. In some regions, you may indulge in cashew wine and liquor.
If you like dumplings, you’ll love calas. In Louisiana, these French Creole rice fritters are a staple for breakfast or as a snack. Often compared to beignets, they are denser with a particular rice taste.
69. Charms Blow Pops
Everyone wanted these lollipops, with their chewy bubble gum center and hard candy shell, when they were little. You might get them on Halloween or at children’s parties.
70. Charleston Chew
This classic American candy bar has a marshmallow nougat center covered in a layer of milk chocolate. It came in a variety of styles, including chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
It’s tradition on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays to serve this braided coiled bread. Sometimes made with a touch of saffron and seeds added to the dough or sprinkled on top.
It’s been touted as a negative-calorie food, meaning it takes more calories to chew and digest it than the calories it contains. Celery is commonly used in salads, crudité platters, and as a healthy snack.
Part of the same family as celery, parsnips, and fennel, they come in various colors – purple, red, and yellow, beside the traditional orange.
In the Southern United States, catfish is a cherished culinary tradition, often served fried and accompanied by hushpuppies and coleslaw. And you know Southern cuisine is world famous for deliciousness!
Appreciated both for sport and cooking, carp can reach up to 100 pounds (45 kg) and is particularly popular in Asia. For some European countries, it’s an essential part of the Christmas meal.
The third most expensive spice in the world actually goes a long way. It’s citrusy, minty, and slightly sweet, suiting many recipes, especially curries, rice dishes, desserts, pastries, and beverages like chai tea.
This is melted sugar, sometimes with added butter or cream. Often used in sweets, it pairs well with salty items too. It’s actually caramel coloring that gives cola that distinct dark look.
Also known as star fruit, this has a complex flavor profile described as pleasantly sweet and is reminiscent of a mix between a pear and a grape. It’s great eaten fresh and tasty in other dishes (salads, desserts, or cooling drinks).
This is a delicate Swiss pastry, small and round, filled with a rich chocolate or mocha-flavored cream, then glazed. Be warned, it’s hard to stop at just one.
Watching TV, you might assume every Mafia guy adores cannoli (and that might be true). Originating in Sicily, this dessert consists of crispy pastry tubes stuffed with a luscious, sweet ricotta cheese filling.
During the 1990s, cappuccinos were all the rage. With their tiny cups and stylized milk foam, it was very hip to hang out at a coffee shop and enjoy sipping on them. While not as popular as in the 90s, cappuccino is still a very popular coffee-based drink.
These small, flavorful flower buds add a unique tangy and briny taste to various dishes. They are often used in used in salads, pasta dishes, sauces, fish dishes. Chicken piccata and pasta alla puttanesca are great examples.
Everyone who tastes cognac realizes that it’s something special. From the specific area it’s produced in, to the methods employed for aging, to the distinct flavor profile. It’s just created for excellence.
This dish was named after the Italian Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio, who was known for his use of vibrant red and white colors, similar to the raw meat’s appearance. It consists of thinly sliced raw meats presented with herbs and or sauces, though veggie carpaccio’s are also quite common today.
Simple and tasty, this classic Irish recipe is now getting updated by home cooks and chefs alike. Beside the traditional ingredients – mashed potatoes, scallions, butter and milk, ingredients such as bacon, cheeses, herbs or even nutmeg are incorporated.
For this regional hearty French stew, the main component is white beans, typically either haricot or cannellini beans. Toulouse sausages, confit duck or goose, and pork shoulder or pork belly are added, then left to slow cook in an earthenware pot known as a cassole.
Originally made with game meat such as rabbit or pheasant, cacciatore is typically made with chicken nowadays. The stew, cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, mushrooms, and herbs, is served over pasta or alongside rustic bread for soaking up the flavorful sauce.
This striking French dessert is made with choux pastry puffs that are stacked in a cone shape and held together with caramel. It’s often the centrepiece at weddings or special celebrations.
We’ve all heard of the famous Brazilian-style barbecues, and churrasco refers to the cuts of beef seasoned with simple marinades or just salt. In churrascarias (steakhouses), waiters walk around with skewers of meat, serving directly onto the plate.
Slow-cooking is how you get the most amount of flavor, and that’s why carnitas are so delicious. Nestled within fresh tacos or burritos, they are covered with salsa, guacamole, diced onions, and cilantro.
Mix shredded cabbage and carrots with a creamy dressing (or mayo) and you’ve got a simple coleslaw. It’s an awesome companion for barbecue, tacos, sandwiches and even seafood. Make some ahead and take it to your next picnic.
These small freshwater crustaceans are quite popular in the southern United States and also a super popular Chinese food. Try the Crawfish boil, a traditional Louisiana seafood feast where crawfish are boiled with spices, corn, potatoes, and sometimes sausages, creating a flavorful and communal meal.
“Come on down to Texas for a heartwarming bowl of Lone Star (chili). This stew-like creation made with beans, meat and chili peppers will have you hankerin’ for more with every lip-smackin’ spoonful!”
This Sicilian dish is made with eggplant, tomatoes, onions, celery, olives, capers, and vinegar. It is often served as a side dish or appetizer. Some versions add zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms. Here’s the recipe.
This is, in fact, an edible weed. Tear some leaves of a nice salad, or add them to sandwiches, soups, or stir-fries. Maybe even make a tea for soothing skin irritations and improving digestive health.
With a distinct warm, earthy, and slightly sweet flavor with hints of anise and citrus, caraway is often used in baking, cooking, and liqueurs. You can taste it in breads, rye bread in particular, as well as in sauerkraut, stews, soups and pickling.
This starchy plant is now a major food crop in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Beside tapioca, it’s used in puddings, desserts, and other dishes like fufu or farofa.
This is made by grating cassava root and then squeezing out the juice, which is then fermented with yeast and sugar. It results a relatively low alcohol beverage, like beer, with a sour and tangy taste and a mild sweetness.
100. Cry baby
They didn’t make you cry, but that sour taste sure did make your mouth pucker. If you still have some tucked somewhere, know they’re starting to become collectable.
This Italian-American dish from San Francisco has all the hallmarks of great cooking from the Old World. Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, and fish are boiled in a tomato-based broth that is flavored with wine, herbs, and spices.
102. Curaçao (Drink)
This unique liqueur is made from the peels of the bitter laraha orange, which is a citrus fruit native to the island of Curaçao. Blue Lagoon, Mai Tai, Margarita, and Long Island Iced Tea and other cocktails can all be made with Curaçao.
One popular story claims that this was created by accident in Arizona in the mid-20th century when a chef accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep fryer. Legend or not, that would be a pretty close description of the Chimichanga. It’s a must-try food when visiting Arizona.
“Little crusts” in Italian, these are slices of baguette or ciabatta, brushed with olive oil, baked, then topped with cheeses, cured meats, spreads or even honey, jam, ricotta cheese.
Chermoula is a marinade made with made with coriander, finely minced garlic, cumin, salt, ginger, sweet red pepper, lemon juice and oil. The marinade is perfect for seafood, fish, but also BBQ meats or lamb. It is popular in North Africa in countries such as Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia.
106. Chana Masala
Chana masala is a popular dish in India and is loved by people all over the world. Its rich flavors and spices make it a favorite among fans of Indian cuisine. Enjoy it with rice, naan, or chapati for a completely satisfying meal!
This was a true cornucopia of tasty foods that start with a C.