The 12 best dessert bowls - style for the most important meal of the day

The Livingetc edit of the 12 best dessert bowls means you can round off every meal in style - small, large or patterned

pink and white dessert bowls
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For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert is the finale at the end of a meal, the part we've been looking forward to the most. So a fitting receptacle to serve it in, such as your best dessert bowls, is in order. 

Whether your preference is for hot puddings and pies smothered in custard, cold cheesecakes with a dash of sauce or iced sorbets, gelatos and ice creams with toppings, we've rounded up our favorite dessert bowls to suit a multitude of sweet treats.

Of course, the best dinnerware sets usually include dessert bowls, so if you're looking for inspiration, or need an extra set for a special occasion or everyday dining, here's our round up of the best dessert bowls from the best home decor stores

Best glass dessert bowls

Best shallow dessert bowls

Best deep dessert bowls

Best colorful dessert bowls

What do you call the small dessert bowls?

Small dessert bowls are often referred to as sundae dishes or ice cream bowls, particularly if they are made of glass or are on a pedestal. Dessert bowls are usually around 4"-5" in diameter. If this is too small, consider a dessert plate instead. 

'I like to keep it eclectic and casual when it comes to table settings, especially when entertaining at home,' says Soho Home Design Director, James Patmore. 

'Desserts are all about treating yourself and playfulness, and I feel this should be reflected in the vessel you use. A fun choice of dessert bowl or plate helps keep the mood buoyant and playful at the tail end of a dinner party.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.