How to Eat Dessert

For many of us, dessert is the favorite course of the meal.  Whether creamy, chocolatey, nutty, crusty, fruity--or a combination, there's always something to love about dessert.

The dessert utensils are at the top of your place setting.  

Which raises the question:  Which should I use, the fork or spoon?

The answer:  Both!

(Tip:  The spoon is not for your coffee or tea.)  

Here's how it's done.

The meal has ended, and dessert has been served.   

Dessert Setting

Once dessert is served, move the spoon and fork down to either side of the plate - fork on the left and spoon on the right. 

Dessert Spoon and Fork

The fork is placed in the palm of the left hand and the spoon is placed in the palm of the right hand.

Dessert Spoon and Fork

The spoon first serves as a knife and the fork is used to steady the solid portion of the dessert.

Eating Dessert

The spoon is then re-positioned in the right hand, holding in ‘pencil’ position.  The fork becomes a ‘mover’ assisting in positioning both the cake and the ice cream on the spoon.

Using a dessert spoon and fork

With the fork remaining steady in the left hand, the spoon is loaded with a delicious bite to be eaten.

Eating Dessert

As with other courses, there are resting and close-out positions for your utensils.

The dessert resting position is your fork on the left side of the plate, and your spoon on the right as shown here.

Dessert utensils resting

The close-out position is the same as other courses, with fork and spoon diagonal on the plate, or in the 4 o'clock position.

Dessert finished

Serve cake and ice cream or pie a la mode at your next family meal, and practice using both a fork and spoon to enjoy your dessert.

What if you have only one item for dessert - cake, pie, or a frozen dessert?

Then you would only need a fork for the solid dessert, and only a spoon for the liquid (or frozen) dessert. 

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