Text by Tanya L. Cooper
When searching for a truly decadent dessert, you need look no further than the famous French delicacy whose charming container bears the same name: pot de crème. These collector’s items—as well as the smooth, rich treasure inside—have long delighted consumers.
Not many desserts warrant their own porcelain creation, but the pot de crème cup (a French name pronounced “poe-duh-krem” and translated to “pot of cream”) has stood the test of time. These tiny pots, created for the creamy chocolate dessert, stand only about 3 inches tall. They were used on formal European and American tables during the 18th and 19th centuries. They are generally made in sets and occasionally accompanied by a matching footed tray. Most pot de crème cups have a delicate finial on the lid as well. Styles, patterns, and colors vary widely, which adds to the enjoyment of collecting these diverse containers. Because the cup is so small, a demitasse spoon is used to eat this lidded delight.