After the meal is before the dessert. To serve it attractively, you are now looking for the perfect dessert bowl. But what should it look like to present your dessert in the best possible light? Square or round? White, colourful or made of glass? In addition to the look, however, functionality also plays a decisive role. Because dessert bowls are ultimately utilitarian objects and have to meet practical requirements, there are a variety of purchasing criteria to consider. In this article, we have worked out the most important points for you so that you can make the best decision.
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- 3 The Best Dessert Bowl: Our Choices
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for dessert bowls
- 5 Guide: Frequently asked questions about dessert bowls answered in detail
- 6 Conclusion
- Dessert bowls are versatile. They can make not only tiramisu, ice cream and co. but also snacks, salads and soups an absolute eye-catcher.
- Important purchase criteria for desert bowls are design, size, heat resistance, dishwasher suitability, stackability and stability.
- Depending on the intended use, robust and high-quality dessert bowls in sets are available for between €15 and €40.
The Best Dessert Bowl: Our Choices
Below we have put together a selection of different dessert bowls. We want to help you find the perfect dessert bowl for your needs.
Buying and evaluation criteria for dessert bowls
Even when buying something as seemingly simple as dessert bowls, there are some criteria you should consider. This way you can make sure you make the right decision and are satisfied with your purchase. The following criteria play a role:
This point is probably one of the most important: Do you want your lovingly arranged layered dessert to be admired in its entirety? Then a glass dessert bowl would be the right choice. Is the occasion festive and very special? Or would you like to enjoy your healthy morning cereal simply from a natural bamboo bowl? With the right design, your dish will also be a visual delight.
Depending on the intended use, the size of the dessert bowl also plays a role. It is difficult to serve a layered dessert in a small flat bowl. Depending on what you want to use your dessert bowls for, you should therefore take the filling quantity or the dimensions of the bowl into account so that everyone will be full in the end.
If you want to use your dessert bowl in a variety of ways (e.g. for soups, salads), you should choose a larger capacity (e.g. 400 ml).
A 200 ml bowl is more suitable for a small dessert. Manufacturers specify either the actual dimensions of the bowl, the diameter or the filling volume. The maximum filling volume is usually given, sometimes also the usable capacity. It is important to make a precise distinction here. The maximum filling volume indicates the amount that fits into the dish when it is filled to the rim (rim-full volume). For a layered dessert, this quantity may be relevant, but for other desserts, the capacity is relevant. This is important for you when it comes to how much will realistically fit into the dish. This means that there is still room in the dessert bowl for an attractive appearance after serving.
So that you can use your dessert bowl in many ways, it is advisable to pay attention to heat resistance. You can use it not only for ice cream, yoghurt and the like, but also for serving and heating up soups or other starters. This kills several birds with one stone and saves space in the kitchen cupboard. For this criterion, you can also simply look for the manufacturer's indication "microwaveable". If the dessert bowl is microwaveable, it is heat-resistant.
Cooking and baking? Yes, gladly. But washing up is probably nobody's favourite pastime. So it's good when there's a dishwasher. And even better if your dessert bowls are still intact after the first wash.
Glass bowls in particular can leave unsightly streaks or fade when they are washed in the dishwasher - that's something to avoid, of course.
If you look for the indication "dishwasher-safe" when buying your bowl, you are on the safe side in case it does break or fade. If the manufacturer has indicated that it is suitable, you can refer to this when you return it and you will usually receive a replacement without any complications.
Unusually shaped bowls may be an absolute eye-catcher, but they also take up a lot of space in the kitchen cupboard. Therefore, it is practical if the bowls are not only visually shiny, but can also be stored in a space-saving way.
The material of the dessert bowl also plays an important role: thicker bowls made of stoneware are more robust than filigree crystal glass dessert bowls. Sturdy dessert bowls can also withstand clumsy hands or transport.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about dessert bowls answered in detail
So that no more questions remain unanswered for you on the subject of dessert bowls, we would like to clarify the most important questions below.
What are dessert bowls suitable for?
So, depending on the occasion and the dish presented, there are a variety of different dessert bowls. Which leads us to answer the next question.
What types of dessert bowls are there?
What should I bear in mind when using a dessert bowl?
You can use dessert bowls in many ways. Depending on the material and design, they are the perfect way to showcase your dishes. When deciding what to buy, you should always be clear in advance about what you want to use the bowls for. That way, you can choose the bowls that best meet your requirements. Do you want them to be robust and easy to clean? Unique? Simple? With the help of our buying criteria, you are well prepared for the purchase of your perfect dessert bowl. You don't have to spend a lot of money, because even in the mid-price segment you get quality and design. (Cover photo: Michelle Tsang / Unsplash)