How to Eat Dessert

By Candice Smith – Candice Smith Etiquette – California

For many of us, dessert is the favorite course of the meal. There’s always something to love about dessert!

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

When your dessert consists of both harder and softer textures, a fork and spoon will be included and both will be used.
(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.

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.
(Sometimes, a waiter will do this for The fork is placed in the palm of the left hand and the spoon is placed in the palm of the right The spoon first serves as a knife and the fork is used to steady the solid portion of the 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 The fork as a helper tool will remain steady in the left hand, and the spoon is loaded with a delicious bite. (In other words, only the spoon will come to your mouth. The fork remains in your left hand.)

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.

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.

Left-handers often reverse the entire process!

Serve cake and ice cream or pie at your next family meal, and practice using both a fork and a spoon to enjoy your dessert.
Other times, if your dessert is solid, you only need a fork. If your dessert is liquid or soft, you only need a spoon.

If you are setting the table, include only the utensils that are needed to eat the particular dessert that is to be served.