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How many nights a week do you have dessert?

My mom cooked dinner nearly every night but rarely if ever focused any energy on dessert. Dad would grab some ice cream, she'd have an Almond Joy and I was always OK without it. However, I had many friends growing up for whom dessert was just as important as dinner. How many nights a week do you have dessert?

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  1. Growing up at home, my mother made or bought dessert just about every night.
    Today, my husband and I have a real dessert (at a restaurant and usually shared) about once a week. During the week we'll have something like a granola bar, fruit ice or fresh fruit at night while relaxing and watching TV.

      1. I often have a slice of melon for dessert and I eat a square of excellent dark chocolate a few times a week. Otherwise only if company comes, about once/ month

        1. 1. Friday night I always make or buy dessert for after the Shabbat meal.

          That being said, it's usually a big meal, and we don't end up eating it till sometime Saturday

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            I like this idea of a designated day. Shabbat defines the day for you but perhaps SO and I can pick a day and I can focus on desert that night. He absolutely NEEDS dessert after dinner and I feel bad that I just ignore it. He's usually fine coming up with his own dessert but I'd like to make something special as I do for dinner many nights.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              Maybe have dessert on a night where you make a light dinner. That way there's something to look forward to...and you're not stuffed

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Well, I never need dessert just not into it, but SO loves it so good idea to pair with a lighter meal for him.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Maybe bake cookies or brownies and freeze. He can take out one when he's in the mood

                  1. re: cheesecake17

                    Individual frozen cookie dough balls are perfect, just bake a few at a time

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      I'd do that, but I have this problem where I eat raw cookie dough...

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        Haha, gotcha. I love raw cookie dough too!!

            2. Almost never unless I have just baked something that day. But I may snack on something sweet after dinner 2-3 times a week.

              1. One in sixty?

                It was fairly uncommon in our household growing up, too. Occasionally a pecan pie -- for my father; his mother sent a box of pecans every fall. Once or twice almond tortoni (gg-rr-g-hhhh!<--Homer Simpson sound). The occasional gingerbread -- my favorite. And birthday cakes.

                1. Basically, none.

                  When we have company, when it's a special holiday meal we have dessert. For Thanksgiving we have at least 3 different desserts with one or more ice creams to accompany them. But unless it's that level of festivity or a birthday with birthday cake we just don't.

                  1. Growing up most nights dessert would be fresh fruit. My mom loves to bake and once a week or so there would be brownies/cookies/whatever she made.
                    After dinner i like a few pcs of candied ginger or a square of really dark chocolate if anything. Usually just chai tea. About once a month i'll share dessert out with a friend, most of the time dining out i would rather have a glass of dessert wine

                    1. Couple of squares of dark chocolate a few times a week. Occasionally a big dessert on Friday or Saturday night, but generally I'd instead rather sip a glass of whiskey, grappa, amaro, or some other digestif. (I guess the liquor is, in that case, my dessert. It probably has just as many calories.)

                      1. Rarely. Currently there's a box of chocolates in the house, so we have one piece each after cleaning up (it's good chocolate: one can't eat more than one piece at a time). Sometimes in summer I'll make a fruit cobbler or crisp, but as a rule we just don't do desserts.

                        1. Sometimes I'll munch on an orange or apple while watching tv if I'm home alone. With company or the whole family together I've probably made a few desserts.

                          But my idea of dessert is a glass of wine and some sort of fruit based dessert or coffee with a creamy dessert on the weekends. I don't crave baked goods the way I once did. Cheese sort of took that place at some point also. If I'm having a cheese during the day, I tend to skip a formalized dessert altogether.

                          1. Usually, never. But lately ......
                            I have been playing around with pairing booze with sweets after dinner. Uggghhh. It is fun, damn it!
                            Cinnamon " fireball" whiskey on the rocks with snicker doodles, homemade Kailua with Italian milk chocolate, dry Riesling with peanut butter cookies, Irish cream whiskey with chocolate crisps, amaretto with vanilla wafers...Gawd. I am having way too much much fun. I. Have. To. Stop. Now.

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                            1. re: sedimental

                              Have you tried drizzling port over vanilla ice cream yet? Soooooo gooooooddd.....

                            2. Every night!
                              We usually have some homemade frozen yogurt or ice cream in the freezer. Yesterday I made rice pudding, but DH ate it all up while I was at work today.

                              Sometimes I make cookies or a cake, and we'll nibble away at those for a week or so. Sometimes I'll have a bit of white chocolate (dark chocolate keeps me awake at night) or some trail mix. Or honey roasted peanuts.

                              I always crave sweets after lunch or dinner - I don't need a lot, but definitely something.

                              1. I usually have something a little sweet after dinner but I wouldn't call it dessert. It's usually something like a jolly rancher candy or one of those little bags of Welch's fruit chews. I pretty much never make an actual legit dessert. I only get dessert at restaurants when it's a higher end place with a legit pastry chef, or if the place offers one of those little mini-sized desserts for a few bucks.

                                1. Depends. Lately it's been pretty much never since I don't think I've had anything sweet in my house for a couple weeks now. It's so sporadic for when I do have anything sweet in the house that it just depends on that. If I do have something on hand, maybe a few times a week until it's gone. I more likely that not usually have some sort of chocolate or candy in my candy dish, but even that is currently tapped out.

                                  For family get togethers and special occasions that I am invited to, if they're serving dessert I almost always have some.

                                  1. This really depends, esp. when eating at home.

                                    I mean if I have apple pie and ice cream for dinner, then, no, I wouldn't have dessert after that. Same if dinner is Diet Coke and cereal.

                                    But if I have, say, a fried egg over some kimchi fried rice, then I most definitely will have some dessert -- be it a glass of red or port with some Fig Newtons, or a scoop of homemade (kale?) ice cream.

                                    At a restaurant? All bets are off.

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                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        >> 'apple pie and ice cream for dinner' <<

                                        When people ask me what my favorite FROZEN DINNER is,
                                        I usually tell them Häagen-Dazs and Mrs Smiths.

                                      2. Growing up dessert was a special treat, although ice cream later in the evening was sometimes available, more often on weekends than weekdays. Nowadays dessert remains a special treat, maybe once a month or every two months when eating out or having/at a party.

                                        If someone brings chocolate cake for coffee hour after church, that doesn't really count as dessert does it?

                                        1. Never plan a dessert after dinner unless entertaining, and rarely have anything sweet. Can go weeks or months when the only thing I have might be a square of dark chocolate, if anything, later in the evening.

                                          1. Almost never. For special occasions or guests, I'll make dessert but otherwise, no. My husband keeps ice cream in the freezer and has a bowl about 4 nights a week after dinner. I just don't have a sweet tooth and if I do crave a sweet bite, it is in the afternoon, not after dinner.

                                            1. Depends on how you define dessert. A full serving of something sweet served at the dinner table immediately after the main meal? Maybe once a week when I'm out at a restaurant or having a special occasion meal at my house or someone else's. Something small and sweet like a cookie or brownie (I bake a lot and always have something stashed in the freezer), a piece of good chocolate or a little dish of ice cream? Pretty much every day an hour or two after dinner. And sometimes after breakfast or lunch.

                                              1. Almost every night...and both my husband and I always complain why we are not losing weight.
                                                Currently have home made chocolate chip cookies I made last night. I have tons of desserts I have made and froze...at least 3 kinds of ice cream....

                                                1. None. Unless we eat out, and seldom then!!

                                                  1. Almost every night.

                                                    I love to bake. We're also an active family. My husband swims 1.5-2km each morning before work and I play tennis just about every day and I also swim laps several times weekly and our sons are athletic. Our typical dinners are very vegetable oriented. So we can justify the calories.

                                                    That's not to say I make insanely sweet desserts. I don't as I don't like them. But we almost always have a plain unfrosted cake or coffee/crumb cake or a fruit pie around and we'll each have a slice or two. Sometimes with ice cream, sometimes not. When I don't have any baked goods we have fruit salads or just plain clementines.

                                                    1. Every night.

                                                      But it's not always something intended for dessert. Lately I've been baking daily, but usually will bake around 2-3 times per week. Cookies, or a simple cake, scones or maybe a pie or pastries. So those will be lingering on the counter and begging to be eaten.

                                                      Although my sweet tooth isn't nearly what it was when I was younger (in high school I made a daily stop by Starbucks for an iced caramel macchiato, then the pharmacy next door for TWO chocolate-almond bars), I still like to cap the night with a little somethin' somethin'.

                                                      If I don't have anything homemade around, my favorites as mentioned elsewhere include Barnum's Animal Crackers, chocolate Pocky sticks, or a scoop of Haagen Dazs chocolate sorbet on a mini sugar cone.

                                                      1. If you include fruit, then most nights of the week.

                                                        If it's excluded, then maybe once a fortnight or so.

                                                        1. Most of the year only Friday night or holidays after a big meal.

                                                          Summertime, fresh in season melon most nights, sometimes desset is a couple ears of native corn on the cob

                                                          1. Depends I guess. We have fruit after dinner all year round, is that considered dessert? When I feel like baking we have whatever it is for a week, a couple cookies (it's Girl Scout Cookie time too!), or ice cream, brownies, whatever new recipes I'm trying. Sometimes a month will go by with no dessert, but especially around the holidays we usually have something in the house.

                                                            And depending upon the time of the month I need chocolate or my head will explode.

                                                            1. Almost never. Never if we're eating out...so really, on religious holidays and Thanksgiving. "After dinner" usually means a hot drink for me, esp at this time of year. I'd rather spend the money/calories in more productive ways, esp since my H has to eat low carb.

                                                              Growing up, dessert was always something super simple...usually a custard, so it's not like I'm missing Baked Alaska Tuesdays ;-)

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                                                              1. re: pinehurst

                                                                Baked Alaska Tuesdays!?
                                                                What a great idea!

                                                              2. My mom never baked from scratch when I was a kid except for cornbread but she would buy Mrs. Smith pies and Entenmanns pastries or make a layer cake from a boxed mix. Sometimes there would be jello with fruit cocktail or pudding. Most times there would be ice cream in the house and sometimes a couple days out of the week, we got Mr. Softee or Bungalow Bar from the truck when it came down my block.

                                                                Growing up, when our extended family got together for an occasion that involved food, it was a smorgasbord of desserts. We still love dessert in this family.

                                                                Desserts are my specialty; I will bake something sweet at least every couple of weeks because my fiancé & I both have notorious sweet tooths. But there is always cookies, other pastries, ice cream, chocolate of some sort in the house...Sunday, I baked the man a gingerbread; I don't eat it but he loves it. Right now, there are three types of cookies, a package of bite size puff pastry Danish bites, a extra large bar of chocolate in the freezer what I'll be using to make chocolate covered peanuts (another favorite) and two kinds of ice cream in the freezer. There's also a large bowl of fresh mixed fruits on the kitchen table.

                                                                That said, I try not to eat it everyday and I tend to have binges where I'll eat it everyday then maybe go for a week without it.

                                                                1. My dad had a serious sweet tooth, so growing up we had dessert every night. Mom stayed at home and I was one of four girls who baked, so a home baked dessert was featured every night.

                                                                  Fast foward a few decades and we rarely have desserts. Post-holiday we have lots of gifted sweets and are eating dessert 3-4 times a week (only until the holiday goodies are--thankfully--gone). But usually only about 1 or 2 times a months when dining out.

                                                                  1. I love fresh fruit so that is what I eat a bit after dinner. I had to *kick* sweets last year. I was eating lots of full fat ice cream....strawberry cakes with whipped cream...fresh berries....home baked chocolate chip cookies with walnuts.....pastries.....pie etc. with no discretion in 2012.Of course I gained a few pounds. I only eat actual sweets maybe 4 times a year @holidays or birthdays I will have a taste.

                                                                    1. Once or twice a year for me, the man has a stash of sweets in the freezer- he's the one with the sweet tooth here. He has partially transitioned to yogurt, though.

                                                                      1. Growing up we only had dessert on holidays like thanksgiving or easter. I never made it but now I make a dessert about every two or three weeks. I don't care for it- I like just a glass of wine to end a meal. My bf does like dessert but makes do with ice cream or whatever.

                                                                        1. Except for holidays or when we have guests, I never actually serve dessert to my husband or kids but after the kids go to sleep, I usually have a Weight Watchers frozen treat of some sort. Tonight it was a fudgsicle.

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                                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                                Sorry; I did not fully understand you post when I first read it. I went back and reread it and now realize you are saying, yes, you do eat dessert. My apologies.

                                                                            1. Perhaps a few times a year at most.

                                                                              I like savory food more than sweets. I also don't do well with sweets in the evening - sugars are worse than caffeine at night as far as my sleep goes.

                                                                              1. Hardly ever, unless I have an after-dinner wine that I count as dessert. Maybe sometimes a piece of fruit, but I tend to eat fruit at breakfast. If I have dinner guests I might make them a dessert, but I'm usually too full (and over cooking) that when it is served I don't partake.

                                                                                1. I'm just interested to know... For those who say they have dessert just a few times a year, does that mean not even a cookie after lunch or dinner? A candy bar? Something like that? When I answered, I took all sweets, no matter how small, into consideration. I did not just consider something elaborate, high in calories and specially made to be dessert.

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                                                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                    Nope, rarely do I have any of those things. I can't remember the last cookie, maybe a year. Candy bar, it's been at least 5 years if not more. I would include those as dessert, and agree with you.

                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                      No cookies, no candy bars, nothing. I just really don't have a sweet tooth. I'd rather eat enough dinner to be content so I don't have the need to eat again at night.

                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                        "I'd rather eat enough dinner to be content so I don't have the need to eat again at night."

                                                                                        To many, it has nothing to do with eating enough at dinner. The reason one has dessert is not because one was not full from dinner. When I do have dessert, it is a part of the meal; just as the appetizer or soup or salad is part of the meal. Just as the glass of wine is part of the meal.

                                                                                        Of course I fully respect your answer and this thread has made me see that many are just like you. My response is just a clarification for those of us who enjoy dessert once in a while.

                                                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                          Lots of people "save room" for dessert. I don't. :)

                                                                                      2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                        I'm one of the few times a year people. Not even a cookie or a square of chocolate after a meal. Just doesn't appeal to me at that time.

                                                                                        When I do have sweets it tends to be as a breakfast thing or an afternoon pick-me-up snack. But not as a conclusion to a meal.

                                                                                      3. I rarely have dessert even in a restaurant. Growing up my Father insisted on some kind of dessert every night. My Mother was a great baker on would usually have something she made or, if worst came to worst, it would be canned fruit.

                                                                                        1. The non dessert eaters fascinate me. I feel like an alien. I eat "dessert" every day. My mom was a great cook and made a lot of desserts. She did not make a dessert for dinner every night but we always had sweet stuff in the house. Ice cream, cookies, candy. We always had a treat in the lunch bag either homemade or packaged like Ring Dings and Devil Dogs.

                                                                                          I've been baking since I was 7 and got my Easy Bake Oven. At my age I don't bake nearly what I used to as I live alone and would just eat everything. I live for the holidays which is when I go crazy baking and making candies for gifts and to eat myself. But I always have sweets in the house, mostly in the freezer.

                                                                                          I'm also doing Weight Watchers right now but I still have dessert every day, and chocolate. It might be a WW dessert but most often something of my own from the freezer like leftover birthday cake or spritz cookies. And I have chocolate every day. I lost 40 pounds eating chocolate every day. it's all about the moderation. I couldn't live without sweets in my life.

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                                                                                          1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                            You're not an alien. I started the thread because I found that people seemed to be on the ends of the spectrum on this issue which is what interested me. People seem to have something dessert-ish every night or not.

                                                                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                              We're one of the not-dessert-eater families.

                                                                                              I'm also a baker and have things like cookies, quick breads, bundt cakes, coffee cakes around from time to time. (Bread baking is my real passion.) When that stuff is available we snack. But after a meal, it just isn't all that inviting. Not even in a restaurant when there's a whole selection available.

                                                                                              As I said, at holidays I go all out and have a dessert buffet but, even then, we don't have it following dinner but a few hours later as a separate event.

                                                                                              Not suggesting this is the way for others. We just like our savory on its own I guess.

                                                                                              1. re: rainey

                                                                                                Your post made me think; was the OP's original question meant to be literal? As in, dessert eaten DIRECTLY after dinner? Then I would say only after a dinner party or holiday meal. Sometimes after dining out. On a regular week to week basis directly after dinner? Never.

                                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                  I think if it's not part of the meal and you have it later, it's a snack.

                                                                                                  1. re: mcf

                                                                                                    See, that's where I was confused. Now I fully understand the question. Thanks.

                                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                                      Oh, I figured dessert was anything sweet in the evening. We rarely have our dessert immediately after dinner, it's usually an hour or two later. But we do always have something sweet.

                                                                                                2. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                  I, too, am a sugar bear. :) You are not alone.

                                                                                                  I always like "a little sweet" after a meal, even if just a little bit of something, like a latte, a hot cocoa or even a chocolate graham cracker or one of my favorite store-bought cookies (Bahlsen Choco-Liebniz). My usual rule is, you want something sweet, bake it yourself, but there are always exceptions.

                                                                                                  See you on our home planet, HA HA! I'll bring the brownies!

                                                                                                  1. re: GH1618



                                                                                                    Almost never here as well.

                                                                                                    To add to that I still have white chocolate chip and dried cranberry cookies left over from Christmas that I baked for family members as gifts but still have half a tin on the counter.

                                                                                                    Then again , I still have uneaten Halloween fun-size candy on the counter that was not given out. The good stuff like Kit Kats, Resse cups, Heath bars , Butterfingers and Snickers.

                                                                                                    I cook 4 to 6 days a week so it's not a food thing. No phobia. No sugar issues. No calorie issues.
                                                                                                    Just low on my priority list of guilty indulgences.

                                                                                                    Polar ends of the spectrum tends to sound right whenever it comes up in my conversations.

                                                                                                    1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                      Me too, so many other foods I'd pick over dessert. Usually holiday treats and Halloween candy gets shipped off to work. My colleagues are quite appreciative.

                                                                                                      1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                        I have never liked candy and we as a family never buy candy for personal consumption. I still have bags of Halloween candy bought for trick or treating and even our hungry-as-horses and athletic teenage sons haven't touched them.

                                                                                                        I must say I'm thankful the candy gods decided not to smile on my family.

                                                                                                    2. I have two answers depending on the type of desert;

                                                                                                      Liquid, almost daily.

                                                                                                      Solid, almost never. Although we routinely have cakes, ice cream etc. in the house so if someone wants an after dinner treat there is usually one to be had. Desert is not my kind of thing, I don't have a sweet tooth, I have an alcoholic one!

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                                                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                        With you.
                                                                                                        I will choose a small glass of a dessert wine or limoncello over a pc of cake or what have you 99% of the time. And 1% i have both :))

                                                                                                      2. Growing up - 6 to 7 nights/week

                                                                                                        Now - maybe 1 night/week, sometimes not even that

                                                                                                        My mom is a junk food fanatic and it was always in the house. She taught me to be one, and for the sake of my health, I have chosen to not have sweets within easy reach at home. If it's there, it probably won't even make it until it's time for dessert! It ends up being my breakfast and lunch. :)

                                                                                                        1. Most nights growing up, Bridgeman's ice cream(est. 1883, Duluth MN). Fav flavors: peppermint, maple walnut, spumoni...

                                                                                                          1. The number is statistically insignificant, unless the minuteness of that number counts as significant.

                                                                                                            1. Every night! The standing joke in our house is that what keeps DH sweet! Usually it is just a one or two bite cookie or piece of chocolate.
                                                                                                              Tonight is date night, all bets are off. We will most likely end our night at our favorite Austrian restuarant. Whatever the desert special is we will share.

                                                                                                              1. Growing up, my mom made dinner every night. We did not have dessert.

                                                                                                                Dessert was a treat that we had on special occasions - birthdays, holidays, vacations, dinner at the home of a friend.

                                                                                                                The irony is, my mom was a word class baker. There was always several types of homemade cookies in the freezer, cakes and pies. It was not until my siblings and I were 11 or 12 that we understood that my mom baked these items to satisfy her late night sweet tooth.

                                                                                                                As teenager and young adults we too were able to enjoy the "goodies" in the freezer.

                                                                                                                Those were the days.

                                                                                                                1. growing up, sometimes. we usually got some kind of treat - jell-o, cookies, piece of candy - in our lunch boxes, and dessert was a couple-time-a-week thing after dinner at home.

                                                                                                                  at this point in my life - and this hasn't always been true - i eat dessert most days.

                                                                                                                    1. Probably like 5 times a year, including holidays and restaurant outings! Not a dessert person really, and I eat enough throughout the day that I do not need to extra sugar at the end :-P

                                                                                                                      1. If fresh fruit is considered dessert, then I have dessert practically every night.
                                                                                                                        Recent desserts have included: gala apples, fuji apples, sharon fruit, fuyu persimmons, asian pears, bananas, and ripe mangoes, . Citrus fruits are too acidic for me, otherwise I'd include red grapefruits and honey tangerines in that mix too.

                                                                                                                        1. When I lived in various places in East Asia, every night. Often it was out of desperation - what could you find at mainland Chinese convenience stores? Kinder, Dove and Snickers, smoked duck necks, that's it - other times it was avarice (Japan, you have my number).

                                                                                                                          Back in NY, it depends on where I walked that day. To be clearer, roughly three times a week.


                                                                                                                          1. seldom, if ever.

                                                                                                                            I'm diabetic and live alone and dessert would call or sing to me, I would not be able to sleep with it in the house. So it stays away.

                                                                                                                            1. 10 nights a week. At least.

                                                                                                                              Nah - just kidding. I'd say 4-5 out of 7. Always something we make.

                                                                                                                              1. we don't even have cookies or candy in the house. there is ice cream in the freezer, but i can't stand the stuff.

                                                                                                                                we will have fruit with fresh whipped cream (or yogurt for me) once or twice per week. i NEVER order restaurant desserts. if i have room and they offer it i will get a cheese course.

                                                                                                                                my mom rarely baked, so tv snacking after dinner was more often something salty/crunchy.

                                                                                                                                even though i LOVE to bake, it's more the process. 99% of what i make i give away to neighbors and co-workers.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                                                                                  I also enjoy baking and no one understand that I just like the process, I don't want to eat the stuff.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                    I also enjoy the process more than the final product, but don't you at least take a little nibble fldhkybnva? :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                      Not usually, I never really feel the need, spirit never moves me :) Fortunately SO has a huge sweet tooth so he usually confirms that at least it's edible. I made a pan of brownies 18 months ago because I just wanted a nibble of one and the 18/20 of the mini brownies are still in the freezer :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                        Wow! You really mean it.

                                                                                                                                        I bake so much, I do like to nibble. Usually just a 1/2 serving now and 1/2 later (or tomorrow). Unless it's cookies, I will eat 2 cookies.

                                                                                                                                        Most things are too rich for me to really want to partake in, especially chocolate. But a nice thin slice of pie is a great treat, and I have "problems" with cakes.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                      Same with me. I like to bake, but I usually don't eat what I bake. I'll taste to make sure it's good.

                                                                                                                                      When I worked, everyone in my office knew to hit up the kitchen on Thursday mornings. My husband played hockey Wednesday nights, so that was my baking night. A lot of good stuff ended up in that office kitchen!

                                                                                                                                  2. I don't know if you could call it dessert because it's not right after dinner but, we do enjoy a little something before going to bed.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                        Maybe I'm old fashioned but I've always assumed families that sit down together usually have dessert right after the main course. When it's just adults who may stuff themselves at dinner and have no room for dessert, a midnite snack is preferred. Does anybody follow the rule about not eating and then going to bed?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                          A few years ago there was a diet supplement that was heavily advertised on radio. The company would get local radio hosts/announcers to endorce the product and tell how much weight they are losing/have lost. (Thats's the most effective radio advertising.)

                                                                                                                                          Anyway, the way this diet supplement worked is that you were suppose to take two tablespoons before going to bed without eating anything afterwards.

                                                                                                                                          I once came up with a diet pill that would work. It woukd be a pill made from an intert substance. The directions would be to take it 8 times a day on an empty stomach.

                                                                                                                                          There is a diet reduction product out there now that says "if you find yourself losing weight too much and too fast, cut you dose in half."

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                            You missed my point completely (I was just teasing; your words struck me funny), but I tend NOT to eat and go to bed. I almost always have room for dessert and don't need to take a break from end of main course till the big D.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                              we do. most often dinner is between 5-7 and bedtime is between 11-1. my sleep is very poor if i eat before bed -- even something small.

                                                                                                                                        2. When I was a kid, mother had a conversation about dessert with a friend. We almost never had dessert following our evening meals when I was a kid. This other lady was fascinated when she learned this. She asked my mother how we ended our meal, and my mother replied "We just get up and leave the table."

                                                                                                                                          Today we rarely have dessert. Of course we do at holiday meals and other special occasions. We rarely have dessert in restaurants. None of this is to say we do not have sweets in the house. I don't really consider two scoops of ice cream at 9pm as 'dessert'. It's just ice cream.

                                                                                                                                          We do serve fruit, sometimes with cheese, at most meals, but I don't really consider that dessert.

                                                                                                                                          Dessert to me usually means some kind of sweet baked product.

                                                                                                                                          Actually, we did have Jello chocolate pudding after supper probably once a week as a young kid, but I think that was mostly just during the cold months.

                                                                                                                                          1. Currently its every night. I reluctantly take a medication every night. As a reward I have a few cookies. To keep it healthy I drink a glass of milk ( a former major dislike of mine).

                                                                                                                                            1. I think that was a 1950s ideal, that we could all feed our children dinner AND dessert.
                                                                                                                                              Growing up, always. It was a control issue with my parents, who really had no idea how to raise kids and used dessert as a punitive tool.
                                                                                                                                              Since obesity runs roughshod through both sides of DH's and my families, I very rarely had dessert around, my son told his friends in high school that he was ice cream deprived as a child , but a nutrition course in college actually caused him to thank me. He's 6'4" and solid slender muscle- a tribute to superior nutrition. He has excellent eating habits, that I can't totally take credit for, much as I'd like to.

                                                                                                                                              1. Um, eight? (This includes the night when I have 2.)

                                                                                                                                                Not all my desserts are fattening cakes or pies, though. Very often, it's just an apple cut up and sprinkled with cardamom and turbinado sugar, or yogurt with honey.

                                                                                                                                                1. Never.

                                                                                                                                                  We have our dessert in the afternoon. We work from home and rarely go out, so lunch is our big meal of the day with dinner being barely grazing, so for us, having dessert in the afternoon makes more sense. And, yup, most afternoons. But we're not talking American serving sizes - more like 1/2 or 1/3 that. And I include all forms of sweets in this - chocolate, cookies, cake, ice cream, whatever.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Almost never. I make dessert on holidays (X-mas Tgiving, July4th and Easter) and but almost never on a everyday basis.

                                                                                                                                                    1. I interpreted dessert as something sweet sometime after a meal. In that case, I'm an anomaly, not a never or an always. I was also surprised by how bifurcated these answers were, that's why I'm replying. Probably three nights a week, I'll have something sweet, but I'm basically content with a bite or two of ice cream or a Two-bite brownie or cupcake. My husband, on the other hand, only eats desserts on weekends (Fri-Sun), but can go through most of a box of Entenmann's donuts at a sitting. If we're going out for a fancy dinner, we get dessert pretty often; shared if we agree or two if we want something different.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Zero. My husband might make cookies once in a blue moon, but we never have dessert for the most part.