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Jun 17, 2007 04:57 PM

Spoon or fork w/ pie a' la mode? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

At a recent dinner party I had dessert forks, but some people preferred to use spoons. I'm not a stickler for etiquette, but it did spark a healthy discussion.

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  1. When someone orders a dessert (ex. bread pudding with a scoop of ice cream, very similiar to above) that has need for a spoon or fork I usually preset the table with both utensils. If it was me at your dinner party I would use a spoon, easier to eat the ice cream (but if a fork was my only option that wouldn't stop me from any sugar consumption!!).

    1. Why not use a Spork? :-)

      In all seriousness, I would use a spoon. Scooping up ice cream with a spoon is much, much easier than with a fork.

      1. I usually set out, and use, both a fork and a spoon if the dessert has ice cream or a sauce. I put them above the dinner plate - fork on the bottom, facing to the right, spoon above it, facing to the left. My husband uses a fork and spoon to eat most desserts. I'm still trying to master it!

        1. If there were only spoons, I would ask for a fork. I always eat my pie, including a la mode, with a fork. A spoon ruins the crust, and for me, the eating experience. So I agree--set both, and let each decide.

          1. Here's the rub:

            when serving pie a la mode, do you want your guests to tilt the plate and eat what's melted. if so the spoon is the way to go, if you want them to enjoy the pie and mode together without the tilt and fill then go with the fork.

            the general rule of thumb in casa jfood is fork with a plate and spoon with a bowl.

            3 Replies
            1. re: jfood

              I believe the issue is not what you (or jfood) serve the dessert in, but what the dessert is. If it has a sauce or ice cream, along with a cake or pie, both utensils should be provided (and used).

              1. re: jfood

                Can I pick up the plate and lick it?