Treat your gelato to the bowl it deserves.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated April 12, 2019
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Some of our favorite sweet treats are best served in a bowl: cooling granitas and sorbets, luscious ice creams, creamy gelato. But while you may have one bowl doing duty for everything from cereal to ice cream, believe it or not, there are some specifically designed to hold desserts—some for sorbets, and others for multi-layered trifles. Scroll through to see all the different bowls/coupes/glasses you can add to your shelf, as well as the desserts you can make to fill them.

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Dessert Coupes

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The gold rim on these coupes has an Art Deco vibe, and would look great paired with a sorbet (like this melon one, from ice cream queen Jeni Britton-Bauer) or granita—try Marisa Churchill’s Watermelon Granita with Cardamom Syrup.

Kiss That Frog Gold-Detailed Dessert Coupes (Set of 4), $48 at

Porcelain Gelato Bowls

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Fill these sleek, minimalist bowls with bright strawberry gelato—this homemade recipe from Jon Snyder has only four ingredients, and really lets the fruit shine by swapping cornstarch for eggs, cutting down on fat.

Gleena Ceramics Porcelain Gelato Bowls (Set of 4), $96 at

Sorbet Bowls

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Not to be confused with Tina Fey, this simple Tina Frey bowl is all about sorbet, and our yellow Lemon-Rosemary Sorbet would pop nicely against the black backdrop.

Tina Frey Designs Sorbet Small Bowl, $53 at

Glass Dessert Bowls

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These delicate glass bowls would work great for a fruity dessert—such as these Wine-Poached Strawberries and Apricots—so the colors show through.

La Rochère Perigord Dessert Bowl, Set of 6, $60 at

Good Old-Fashioned Dessert Bowls

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Ice cream? Check. Pudding? Check. Whatever you want to put in these dessert bowls, it’ll work—and you have plenty of patterns to choose from too. Might we suggest serving Chocolate Ganache Bread Pudding in them? It’s the kind of ooey, gooey dessert that definitely needs a bowl.

Le Cadeaux Dessert Bowls, Set of Four, $45 at

Insulated Ice Cream Cups

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Double-walled borosilicate glass keeps ice cream cold in these cups, so all you have to do is pick which flavor to go with. We love this fragrant Rosewater-and-Saffron Ice Cream (Bastani Irani); or, classic vanilla works too.

Insulated Ice Cream Cups - Set of 2, $28 at

Trifle Bowls

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Trifle bowls are a pretty standard design, all clean glass lines on a pedestal. As far as recipes go, this Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle from D.C. pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac is perfect for chocolate fiends—or, go for tiramisu.

Glass Trifle Bowl, $40 at