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Thread: How often do you eat or serve dessert?

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    How often do you eat or serve dessert?

    We rarely have dessert at our house, unless it is a special occasion. I do have ice cream in the freezer for the kids (2 teens at home), but they eat it as a snack, not dessert.

    I wonder when I see posts here and other places online asking about healthy desserts, how many eat dessert on a daily basis? I know my step-mum serves dessert to dad daily. My Mum likes dessert too.

    When I was growing up dessert was served daily, but was usually home canned fruit or fresh fruit. Pies were for special occasions, cakes only for birthdays.

    There are cookies in the house, but again for after school snacks.
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    If I do a big supper meal, I usually don't do a dessert. If it is a quick meal like hot dogs, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese etc. I sometimes throw in a pan of brownies or something like that in the oven. I do a fancier dessert for special occasions.

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    My dad always wanted a dessert after dinner - even if it was a small bowl of jello or ice cream. Once and while he would be satisfied with a piece of fruit, but usually wanted something else. Cakes and pies were for special occasions but sometimes when he went out to dinner (which was often) he would splurge and have a dessert at the restaurant but usually would wait and have something light when he got home. But when I grew up we always had some form of bread on the table too. Since my husband was not used to either tradition we discontinued it after we got married.

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    I like a good piece of chocolate after dinner follow by a cup coffee but special occasions I make mom mom"s famous fruitcocktail cake,still have her hand written recipe from back in the 70's almost like she by my side baking.

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    what's a meal without dessert? Need I say more?

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    Oh this reminds me of my DDIL...neither my DH or I grew up having desserts every meal (I did have home canned fruits)but not as a dessert after meal. I raised 3 sons and they would never eat dessert after a meal, as they said..who has room after mashed potatoes and gravy. So even for special holidays, only two in the family eat pie etc after the meal. So when my son got married...his wife grew up with having baked goods after every meal and always homemade daily. her mom was a stay at home mother who never worked. She was always so sad we never had desserts after a meal, so now I make sure I have even just Little Debbie snacks...and she is happy now.. and it is so funny..our grand daughter is exactly like her and always asks whats for dessert and our grandson is like my sons...doesn't want it. lol
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    Our meals growing up always had two vegetable and one fruit...at least. Dad wanted dessert each time, even if only cookies with the home canned fruits. My Mom was not a person who cared for sweets of any kind, but did bake for Dad. I remember being very young and making instant pudding, especially butterscotch. My husband also grew up with desserts at every meal so I made cakes, pies, puddings, etc. Our children ate them too, and I didn't. Mandyrose wrote about a piece of chocolate and coffee after the meal and that works for me, but it must be very dark bittersweet. I also remember the fruit cocktail cake served at baby showers in the 70's. Maybe I'll make that soon.

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    My Dad always looked for 'afters' and was never satisfied unless he had his bit of sweetness and cup of tea after his meal.
    When my son visits, he likes chocolate cake.
    He doesn't eat it as a dessert but as a snack.
    If there are sweets in the house, my DH won't stop until they are all gone.
    As he needs to watch his sugar and fat intake, I rarely have desserts or any sweets around. He wanted to buy a frozen pie today for our Easter dessert but I told him I'd do a berry pudding instead. I will make a small one and decrease the amount of sugar.
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    My Hubby always want dessert. But if you were to see us we don't need it.

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    I grew up in a very formal home (my grandparents) and there was desert every night. Monday thru Friday was something sort of light...pudding, fruit...like that. Saturday was usually a cake, pie, apple dumplings, strawberry shortcake...same on Sunday. That is not the way it is now. I seldom make a desert...only for a dinner party or a holiday and most of it is usually tossed. Funny, no weight problems the old way...we constantly diet now!
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    We have dessert most of the time. We're like Craftynell, we don't need it either.LOL I don't feel like I have had a meal if I don't have dessert. I bake a lot.

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    I would LOVE to eat dessert on a daily basis!! But we do serve it especially on holidays or family gatherings. Otherwise we have ice cream or cookies on a more frequent basis.
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    We like dessert. I usually make something once a week, lasts a few days and then ice cream (spicy pop corn for me) on the other days.

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    I can live without it but DH has to have sweets every night...sometimes he only gets pbj

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    We unfortunately do dessert every lunch, our big meal of the day. It can be cookies, left over Halloween candy, home made ice cream or cut up pineapple. When I grew up we seldom had dessert, once a week or so,but plain white low fat yogurt was offered as dessert. I still like things without sugar.
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    I was brought up with dessert, actually it was used as a reward, if you dont clean your plate you dont get dessert. Leading to a life long emotional relationship with food. When I got married and had children I decided to have no emotions attached to food. You are hungry you eat, you are not hungry you dont eat. So my children, now young adults, can take or leave sweets, and have healthy eating habits. We always had snacks, healthy and unhealthy and they could pick and choose. I still struggle with the deep rooted, good girls clean their plates lol. What was amusing, is when the kids where little and stayed at my parents, when they came home they would ask what was for dessert. lol

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    LIFE IS SHORT .... EAT DESSERT FIRST. My DH and I often eat dessert first when we are traveling because most hotels know where the best desserts are served. Growing up we rarely had sweet desserts, always a fruit but my DH grew up in a house where dessert was a must after a meal. So we now have dessert with each meal. Sometimes we eat dessert first at home but it usually a bowl of fruit with some kind of sauce or whip cream of top.

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    I must have dessert every day, chocolate for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liminanc View Post
    I was brought up with dessert, actually it was used as a reward, if you dont clean your plate you dont get dessert. Leading to a life long emotional relationship with food. When I got married and had children I decided to have no emotions attached to food. You are hungry you eat, you are not hungry you dont eat. So my children, now young adults, can take or leave sweets, and have healthy eating habits. We always had snacks, healthy and unhealthy and they could pick and choose. I still struggle with the deep rooted, good girls clean their plates lol. What was amusing, is when the kids where little and stayed at my parents, when they came home they would ask what was for dessert. lol

    I remember being told to eat all my food cause starving children in China (or elsewhere) would really be thankful for it. As a child I always wondered how my eating helped them! Worst of all for me was green beans. I would mix them with potatoes or anything to hide the taste. Once I pushed them under the rim of my plate. When Mom picked up the plate to wash it, there they were. I had to eat them then, with nothing else, and they were cold and awful. Never tried that again . I still don't like green beans today.

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    usually only have desserts for special occasions, we don't need the extra calories. If the grandkids are coming, I will make brownies or something easy.

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    My father grew up having dessert every day. My mother solved that by giving it to him in his lunch. We only had it on special occasions. If there were fresh berries my mother made pies. She was a wonderful baker. My husband and I rarely have dessert at home, but love it out, once in a while. I often make it for our community pot luck. Have to try out some of the wonderful recipes I have seen on here!
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    Dessert is not a regular part of our daily life, but I do make and serve something when we have company. Even if it's the kids and grands. I used to do a lot of baking, but we would have something later in the evening or whenever, not right after a meal. Now, because of various issues, we watch our diets more closely.

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    I don't make desert very often, my husband would like to have a desert every night if it were up to him but he doesn't do meal making(I prefer he stay out of the kitchen)!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I rarely eat dessert...I will serve it if I have company but if i made it all the time I would eat it and probably be the size of a house.....LOL...

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    My problem is I love baking......lol I don`t bake everyday but I love to on special occasions.....birthdays, Christmas, Easter, other special occasions....or just to try a new recipe.....I really have to hold back because I`d be baking everyday ....cakes, pies, mufffins, etc etc etc lol my favorite is chocolat cake , so is my son`s fav, my hubby loves apple pie, I also make a delcious carrot cake, one of my grandaughter love my carrot cake( not the same recipe) with butterscotch sauce, my bro-in-law love my pistachio cupcakes, I have a lot of favorite recipes ......yum!!! lol

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