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"THAT" need for dessert

Pixie Muse Aug 2, 2011 02:15 PM

Do you often get the need to finish a meal with something sweet? If so, does a small bite suffice, or do you go for the whole thing?

Do you indulge even if you feel full and know dessert would be too much? If so, what drives you to do it....

Curious Baker.

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    jeanmarieok Aug 16, 2011 06:26 AM

    I like two bites of something sweet after a nice meal. But not a whole dessert. I kind of budget my stomach for it.

    1. eclecticsynergy Aug 15, 2011 11:27 PM

      My sweets cravings are random and unpredictable. I often enjoy something sweet after dinner, but I suspect that's habit rather than craving because if the meal was tasty and satisfying it's no effort to pass on a dessert.

      I sometimes want sweets late at night but have found in recent years that if I eat a good-sized salad at lunchtime or in the afternoon, this craving does not manifest. So I often eat salad in the afternoon.

      PS: Did not have salad this afternoon and reading blackjackbakehouse's post has triggered a snack attack. Will try to exercise moderation and tame the craving with a glass of chocolate milk. Or a bowl of cheerios with brown sugar. It's a good thing I haven't got cherry amaretto ice cream on hand.

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      1. re: eclecticsynergy
        Pixie Muse Aug 16, 2011 05:56 AM

        I know what you mean eclectic, I had a craving creep up as well after reading blackjack:) And "mmm" to cherry amaretto !

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        blackjackbakehouse Aug 5, 2011 08:55 PM

        Wow. I love desserts. I'm in the minority here, but I have a crazy sweet tooth.

        Cherry amaretto ice cream, fudgy brownies drizzled in rum caramel, spiked apple cake with brandy brown sugar sauce -- I love them all.

        I must have my favorite late-night sweet and naughty snacks.

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        1. re: blackjackbakehouse
          Pixie Muse Aug 6, 2011 11:40 AM

          Wow Black, that sounds incredibly good. Yum

        2. MinkeyMonkey Aug 5, 2011 08:44 PM

          Hmmm, no. I only really have the desire for something sweet randomly and seemingly without reason. Except during the spring and fall months when I get Saturday cravings. Oh, a slice of chocolate cake, a section of almond cake or a big, fat slice of pumpkin pie!

          Summer is too hot for sweets, winter is far too easy a time to get plump and I'm just not that big of a sweets fan to begin with.

          I do get random cravings for yule log "mushrooms" and other weird things like macaroons or lemon tarts, but not after a meal.

          1. bushwickgirl Aug 5, 2011 07:04 AM

            Oddly, the only time I never wanted anything sweet, cake, pie, anything baked with sugar and butter and flour, after a meal was when I did the vegetarian thing; a piece of fruit would suffice. Since I've gone back to meat eating, now it's ice cream topped with fruit...in moderation, of course.

            When I eat out, I tend to curb the dessert and have an after dinner digestif or cordial, anisette, something like that, unless the restaurant offers a dessert I can't refuse...

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              greygarious Aug 5, 2011 05:59 PM

              I am not a chocoholic, but on the rare occasions when I eat a piece of steak, I want a piece of semisweet chocolate afterwards. I often have dessert when eating dinner out, but at home, I'll have something sweet a couple of hours after lunch or dinner, which is a holdover from my German immigrant parents' practices. I heartily endorse Gesine Bullock-Prado's crusade to restore the 3p.m. kaffeklatsch to popularity. When I was a kid, it was very common to go to a cafe or restaurant in the mid-afternoon for just coffee and cake/pie.

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                bushwickgirl Aug 6, 2011 10:16 AM

                "crusade to restore the 3p.m. kaffeeklatsch to popularity."

                I heartily agree.

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              sueatmo Aug 4, 2011 07:20 PM

              When I eat out, I often have a cup of coffee for dessert. If it is a good place the coffee will be good and I will have a satisfied feeling. Unfortunately these days, I have to ask for decaf in the evenings. About 50% of the time the coffee is made well. (In my opinion, decaf should be made slightly stronger than regular coffee, because it tastes better that way.) At home a square of dark chocolate, or a couple of Werther's sugar free candies is a satisfying way to end a meal. If I am wanting something more at home, and I find I visit the kitchen, I will often make myself a cup of green tea as a way of displacing the desire for putting something in my mouth. I don't do this in this heat though.

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                ediblover Aug 4, 2011 03:25 PM

                If I'm eating out, not only must the meal end with a dessert, but it's usually the highlight of the meal for me. I often have multiple desserts; I think the most I've ever had was 4. The main drive, other than the basic urge for sugar, is to just try something really different from the meal. The dessert is like going to another restaurant where the selections is entirely different.

                At home, I don't keep any. I know from past experiences that something that's supposed/planned to last a week often only lasts a day or two. So, best to avoid the temptation there.

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                  kpaxonite Aug 4, 2011 05:33 PM

                  What reaction do you get from the waiter when you order 4 desserts... I think I would laugh thinking you were joking.

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                    Pixie Muse Aug 4, 2011 06:53 PM

                    Makes me think of the 4 Godiva chocolates I picked up this evening, one of the 4 being a special edition 90% dark chocolate covered raspberry mousse. Oh dear, I purchased them as a gift, but I am t h i s close to eating someone's gift.

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                      ediblover Aug 5, 2011 01:12 PM

                      4 is rare. But, 2 is common. There's usually a look and a friendly exchange. I wonder if the same would happen if I was bigger. Anyway, 4 from a mid/high range place isn't that much, since each one is only good for maybe 4 bites before it's gone. Desserts are that extra special treat (that I don't allow myself during weekdays). So, I'm going to take full advantage. My future all-time favorite restaurant will have a dessert tasting menu!

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                        babette feasts Aug 5, 2011 08:35 PM

                        Sometimes if I'm traveling or someplace special I'll order two desserts, in the name of professional research/industrial espionage.

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                          MinkeyMonkey Aug 5, 2011 08:47 PM

                          If only chowhound had a "like" button.


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                            Pixie Muse Aug 6, 2011 06:47 AM

                            Hilarious - = )

                          2. re: ediblover
                            LisaPA Aug 15, 2011 09:35 PM

                            If you're ever in Philly, go to Le Bec-Fin - they have an unlimited dessert cart. Of course, the dinner will set you back several hundred, but if it's the dessert cart of your dreams...

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                              Pixie Muse Aug 16, 2011 05:55 AM

                              Thanks Lisa.. I sure will ~~~~ sounds wonderful:)

                        2. re: ediblover
                          cleobeach Aug 5, 2011 07:11 AM

                          Years back, close friends of my parent's owned a rather nice restaurant. They had a particular dessert on the menu that my mom craved. It was some sort of chocolate coffee torte.

                          She would call ahead to reserve this dessert. When we arrived, she would tell the hostess to make sure her piece was reserved. Then she would remind the waitress. She would partically bounce in her seat with inpatience for the rest of us to finish our meals. She WANTED that dessert.

                          I have no doubt the staff all gathered in the kitchen to talk about her odd behavior/obsession.

                        3. pdxgastro Aug 4, 2011 03:10 PM

                          At night I make a mini-pot of tea (2 cups). Black tea with milk. It just BEGS for some cookies to go with it. I found myself buying cookies 'to go with my tea'. Yikes.
                          So now I make green tea. Drink it plain. It does not beg for something sweet.

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                            Chi_Guy Aug 3, 2011 11:38 AM

                            Absolutely, I cannot finish a meal without having a little something sweet. That doesn't mean a full-fledged dessert though. Sometimes I'll have a medjool date, a cookie, or a small piece of dark chocolate. Just a small bite of sweetness to counterbalance a savory meal.

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                              ttoommyy Aug 3, 2011 12:53 PM

                              Same here. For me, I think this was set when I was a child and my stay at home mother always had a dessert ready for us after dinner.

                            2. BobB Aug 3, 2011 10:55 AM

                              I like a little something sweet after dinner, but not a lot, so I usually don't order dessert in restaurants but instead have a piece or two of good-quality chocolate when I get home. The exception is our local bistro, which prepares full-sized meals but offers only mini-desserts - two or three bites each, with great options like chocolate mousse, truffles, or creme brulee, for $3 apiece. I wish more places did this.

                              1. jmckee Aug 3, 2011 08:39 AM

                                All three of us -- wife, son, and I -- have something sweet a little later in the evening, but except for special occasions nothing much. Couple of cookies, one nice scoop of homemade ice cream, a bit of pie.....

                                1. klyeoh Aug 3, 2011 07:55 AM

                                  Purely psychological in my case. If I don't have dessert, my meal's not finished yet, and I can eat dessert no matter how full I was - it's like I have a separate stomach compartment for it.

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                                    cleobeach Aug 3, 2011 06:48 AM

                                    I almost never eat dessert. If desset disappeared altogether, I wouldn't miss it.

                                    My mother is so obsessed with dessert, she askes to see the dessert menu prior to ordering her meal. As a back-up, she carries her favorite brand of dark chocolate in her purse in case the desserts are "not worth it"

                                    1. sarahjay Aug 2, 2011 05:27 PM

                                      I grew up eating dessert every saturday and sunday night (and only those two nights), so on those nights it seems wrong not to, but other days of the week I usually have fruit at the end of a meal.

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                                        kpaxonite Aug 2, 2011 03:06 PM

                                        I hate dessert unless ts fruit. Bake me a watermelon and Ill be happy.

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                                          mrscherbear Aug 5, 2011 07:12 AM

                                          Baked watermelon? Do tell....

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                                          jlhinwa Aug 2, 2011 03:04 PM

                                          I love having dessert, especially if having dinner out or entertaining. The meal seems unfinished without a little something sweet. I often find my eyes are wayyy bigger than my stomach, so I try to have just a very small serving or a couple of bites. I also like to wait for an hour or so after completing the main course before having dessert just to ensure I have room.

                                          1. ROCKLES Aug 2, 2011 02:44 PM

                                            Yep, I always have to eat a sweet after dinner....to get me to stop eating! I tend to eat until satisfied, sometimes one quick bite, but usually 4-5 bites minimum. If the dessert is good, then I will over indulge, but typically stick with a cookie or 3 until satisfied

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                                              danna Aug 3, 2011 05:41 AM

                                              ditto. I have to have that bite of sweet, or I'll keep eating other stuff til I get it. I don't feel that way at lunch (usually), so I'm sure it's just conditioning.

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                                              escondido123 Aug 2, 2011 02:40 PM

                                              I rarely have dessert if it's just my husband and myself, though he usually has one square of dark chocolate and always offers me a bite.

                                              1. arktos Aug 2, 2011 02:19 PM

                                                Never eat desserts after a meal; would probably make me nauseous.

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