Originally Posted by SurvivorGirl
I was just wondering is having dessert every night (or close to it) more of an American thing to do?
I don't know about it being an American thing. Growing up (in the US), we nearly always had some sort of dessert. As we moved away from home, both my parents, myself, and my siblings went to--for the most part--having dessert only on special occasions. My sister--the only one of us siblings with children--has regressed to dessert each day. So, anecdotally, I would say that dessert in the US is mostly for families with children. On the other hand, my grandparents had some sort of dessert each night of their long lives. So, my conclusion is that having dessert after meals has to do with whether you have children, whether you've been raised in the early 1900s, if you are having a meal celebrating a special occasion, or if you want some. Personally, I enjoy dessert, but I like dinner more. When faced with the choice of more dinner or having dessert, the dessert must be extraordinarily appealling to win out. I will admit, though, to enjoying a bit of fruit some time after dinner. (Note: Being a Yankee, I know that pie is for breakfast!)