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Know your Spoons

A spoonful of sugar may sweeten your cup of tea, but ever wondered what you would do without the spoon in question?

Spoons have been in use since the Paleolithic era. Prehistoric peoples used husks, shells and pieces of wood as spoons. Several archeological findings have revealed the use of spoons in early times, be it in Egypt, India or China.

Through history, a large number of materials have been used to make spoons. They were made of bone, ivory, wood and even gold and silver. Eastern cultures saw a plethora of spoons made of porcelain. The industrial revolution led to spoons made of pewter and brass. The stainless spoon – the most popular – came into use in 1970.

We give you the lowdown on the various kinds of spoons in your kitchen. They are discussed in order of descending size.

The iced-beverage spoon, also known as an iced-tea spoon, is used to stir sugar in cold beverages served in a tall glass, such as iced tea or iced coffee. This is the longest spoon in a set of flatware, about 7 to 10 inches in length.

The oval soup spoon is used for soup, especially the kind with particles of solid food such as meat, vegetables, grains, and pasta. It is similar in size and shape to a tablespoon but the bowl is a little smaller and tapers slightly to a tip. The overall length varies between approximately 5¾ to 8¼ inches.

The dessert spoon lies midway in length between the tablespoon and teaspoon, approximately 7 to 7¼ inches long. The shape of the bowl is oval and holds approximately two teaspoons of food, a size that affords a generous bite.

The place spoon is an all-purpose spoon slightly larger than a teaspoon but smaller than a tablespoon, a utensil used originally to sip cream soup and eat dessert. The shape of the bowl is oval, and the length is approximately 6½ to 7½ inches.

The cream soup spoon is approximately 6 inches long. It is made with a round bowl to fit the shape of the cream soup bowl. To reach into the depth of the cream soup bowl, the cream soup spoon is made with a longer handle than a teaspoon. As the bowl is very wide, pureed soup is sipped from the side of the spoon.

The average teaspoon measures approximately 5½ to 6¼ inches in length. It is used only in informal dining to stir hot beverages, sip soup, and eat solid food, and it is the wise host who collects extras.


The five ‘o’ clock spoon is a specialized spoon found in older sets of silver. Made for an era when afternoon tea was taken at five ‘o’ clock, the spoon is approximately 5 ¼ to 5 ½ inches long. It is a little larger than an after-dinner coffee spoon.

The ice-cream spoon, also known as an ice-cream scoop, looks like a miniature shovel. It is approximately 5 inches in length and made with a wide shallow bowl to afford a generous bite.

The citrus spoon, also known as a grapefruit spoon, orange spoon, and fruit spoon features an elongated bowl and a pointed tip, a shape used to eat segmented fruit, such as a grapefruit or an orange. It is approximately 5½  to 6½ inches long.

The bouillon spoon looks like a cream soup spoon, only the bowl is smaller and the handle is shorter; it is approximately 5 to 5 ½ inches long. The bouillon spoon is used at light meals, such as formal and informal luncheons, when clear or jellied soup is served as a first course.

The after-dinner coffee spoon is approximately 4½ to 5 inches long, a length that balances the after-dinner coffee cup. It is used only for informal dining.

The demitasse spoon, also known as a mocha spoon (to stir coffee made with an equal amount of hot chocolate), is approximately 3¾ to 4½ inches long, in proportion with the demitasse cup and saucer used in formal dining.


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Apart from these regular varieties, other kinds of spoons and forks are used in most households for cooking, garnishing and serving.

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