Everybody in France seems to eat croissants daily, especially pain au chocolat.
Baked Alaska first made its way into print in Fannie Farmer's 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, but the idea of baking ice cream inside cake and meringue had been around for much of the century.
"The fine arts are five in number," wrote the chef Marie-Antoine Carême, "painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture—whereof the principle branch is confectionery." He knew what he was talking about. After all, he created croquembouche, a spire of caramelized cream puffs.