Buying Dessert vs Making Dessert

@vivasuzi (4127)
United States
January 20, 2007 11:30pm CST
Tonight I made a new recipe. It was easy to eat but somewhat hard to make! It took me some time to go to the store and buy the ingredients, then I had to read the recipe a few times to make sure I made it all correctly. Incidentally I forgot one ingredient and didn't realize it until the whole cake was put together and it was too late to change it! It had to sit for 4 hours before I could eat it. It was still yummy, although I'm sure it would be better with that last ingredient. I've also had many yummy desserts that I purchased - and with those I don't have to worry about buying ingredients, I don't have to worry about forgetting anything, and I can eat it instantly. So why do I choose to cook rather than buy dessert 9 times out of 10? My answer is that it's just more satisfying when you spent time and effort on something than it is just to buy it. Also, when I purchase desserts, I often feel like I'm being unhealthy because I bought something and ate it without even thinking. Homemade desserts are (usually) healthier. What do you think? Would you rather buy desert or make dessert? And why?
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47 responses
• United States
21 Jan 07
i would rather have the time, patience and know-how to make the dessert myself. but since more often than not i just dont have the time, i usually end up buying it instead. i like making dessert myself because i enjoy seeing the ppl who are eating it, enjoy it. makes me feel proud and i guess like im "taking care of them". lol personally i think homemade desserts taste better too. they just are not convienient, unfortunatly!
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
They do taste better don't they! A lot of times when I buy a dessert, I'm worried about how it will taste and hope it was worth the money. But you are right, they are easier when you have a time crunch.
• Italy
21 Jan 07
Buy! obviously.. ihihih!!! I don't lose time in kitchen! it is a job for woman!! ahahaa no??? ihih yea yeah, i know that after this answer, ani woman in myLot hate me!!! :P
@clownfish (3274)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well, danger, if you're a terrible cook and there's a good chance you would give me food poisoning with your cooking, then no, I don't hate you. LOL
@snow2007 (170)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
I would rather buy one because i am to lazy to make one and i am not a good cook. I like buying it also because they are ready all the time and you can buy them whenever by going out and buying it were as when you make it take long to cook and you have to buy all the supplies.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yep if you can't cook, buying is the next best thing! As long as you know the best places to buy it from. It is hard to find all the igredients sometimes, but there's also a lot of easy recipes that don't take many ingredients. Here's one for you to try - super easy. Buy Nilla Wafers (a box), Vanilla pudding mix, Cool whip, and bananas. 1. Make the vanilla pudding following the directions on the box 2. Put a layer of nilla wafers in a bowl 3. Top with some pudding 4. Top with some bananas 5. top with more pudding 6. top with more bananas 7. End by topping with more wafers and some cool whip Now you can't tell me that's hard :) Enjoy!!
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
25 Jan 07
My sister made that for our family reunion. Delicious!
@ediza02 (107)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
It really depends on how much time you've got. Buy ready made if you dont have time but you can always make it if you like. It's all about the passion when you do it. If you enjoy doing it, then go for it. I have a collection of desserts if you may check. (if you have time). But these were made when I wasn't that busy. Some are simple and easy to make and some are a little complicated. Check the link: www.kitchenjournaldesserts.blogspot.com. cheers.
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. I'm always looking for new recipes :)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I would rather cook because of the health issue. Today I had brownies as a little treat. I used finely ground wheat flour, turbinado sugar, and 100% cocoa bar to make the brownies, which although they still aren't "healthy," they are better for you than store bought. Oh my Gawd they were the most wonderfully decadednt brownies ever and the the flour was not bad for me, the turbinado sugar wasn't good but not as bad, and I used 100% chocolate (dark chocolate) which has also been proven to be good for you. With store bought I would have had to worry about preservatives, less healthy white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and possibly trans fats. Cooking is just worth it. Oh yeah, and I forgot the vanilla in my brownies so don't worry about leaving out ingredients if it still tasted great :-)
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yeah my dessert was still very good, and I liked having more leftovers of it yesterday :) Even though I forgot the milk, it was still a-ok! Some ingredients are more important than others though, so I usually try to be more careful! I agree making them is healthier b/c you don't add the salt like stores do (that make it last longer).
@krishkorp (427)
• India
21 Jan 07
if it is for me it would rather go out and eat the dessert ,taht way i enjoy the dish much more than preparing.But when i am doing it for somebody i love i would rather do it myself and serve them.Its because i normally dont relish what i've prepared but others do,thats y.When i go out i enjoy the dessert fully.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
True, if it's just for me I'd probably just go buy something :) Although I love homemade desserts, I won't go through the trouble just for me to have a piece.
@raijin (10371)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
I prefer home-made recipes also, though not on desserts. But I do it almost my way and not always by the book. Because it helps me to appreciate more taste and substitute other ingridients which I think is not available or more expensive. I also make sure that it has the same texture and taste but sometimes with a twist. I try to make it more healthier as possible..
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I'm not good at doing it my own way the first time, I have to try the original recipe first b/c otherwise I'm likely to ruin it (and I've done that in the past!) But I agree it's fun to mess with it after you already know what the original taste like :)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I love making homemade desserts. My mother bought pies from our local supermarket and we served them for dessert with our Christmas dinner. The pies really weren't as good as my own homemade. Everyone agreed! Making your own desserts is just more gratifying in the sense that you have made it yourself, you know that there are no preservatives, and it is wholesome. And, it tastes better than any store bought dessert.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yeah when you buy a dessert, it's kind of the luck of the draw. You may think it looks great, but you don't know until you try it. When you make soemthing, you do know exactly what's in it, and yep no salt/preservatives in most homemade desserts :)
21 Jan 07
I would rather make my own desserts. It is really satisfying to create your own desserts. I tend to get rather creative with mine. I will follow a recipe, but then I will add some things that I think will make it better. Put my print on it so to speak. Besides, if I make my own, I know what has gone into it.
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I usually make it by the book the first time, but when I make the same recipe again I'll be more creative too! It is fun to make it your own, but the first time I want to be sure I don't mess it up.
@brimia (6582)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I rather make my dessert because I know exactly what goes into it and can make it healthy (or at least healthier). Also, I feel a sense of pride/accomplishment when fixing my own dishes. Of course, it can be tiresome but while you're baking, you're burning off some of those dessert calories. ;)
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Good point, you work harder and lose some calories :) Whereas going to the store takes a whole lot less energy!
@manmaxman (850)
• India
13 Feb 07
i like making dessert but buying dessert is save the time that is best for working mans
@draconess (651)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I almost always make my own desserts from scratch. They taste soooo much better, and I can experiment with them and personalize/improve the recipes. They can be pretty fast and easy too, cookies take very little effort and are ready in under half an hour.
• United States
6 Feb 07
I usually buy dessert. I put a lot of effort into our main meals and dessert is relaxation time for me, so I don't want something that I have to fuss over. Plus, if someone else is doing the cooking, that's too much traffic in the kitchen at the same time.
• United States
5 Feb 07
There is nothing better than freshly made, hot chocolate chip cookies. If they are homemade and stright out of the oven, there is nothing better in my opinion. It is the same way with many other desserts, and I prefer them to be homemade. Unfortunately, I don't do a lot of cooking, so while I love homemade much more, I tend to eat store-bought a lot more often.
@lisado (1228)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Good question. I actually don't mind baking. I don't eat a lot of desserts anymore since having gastric bypass surgery. I can't. Sugar makes me "dump" and I don't care for sugar subsitutes. I make stuff for my husband sometimes, but since he is the only one that eats it (our oldest won't eat sweets [Autistic, sensory issue] and pur youngest is only 9 months) I don't usually bother unless my husband is having a pitch in at work. Since most of them are single and living away from home, anything not store bought is very much appreciated! :)
@jahvo6 (623)
• Peru
23 Jan 07
I hate preparing complicated desserts it´s no so easy like cooking meals, you have to use the exact amounts of flour, vanilla etc. otherwise you can ruijn the whole preparation, it´s horrible!
• United States
23 Jan 07
i really love to make desserts but for some other times when we are so busy i'd rather buy so that we can enjoy the meal with dessert with less effort or tired free day as to relax & have all the fun with all the family members. it's fun also to make desserts & meals with our kids when we have all the time to prepare & clean after all the mess. . . a practice also or training them for a sharing responsibilies at home.
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I agree that making desserts is more fun than buying them. But very time-consuming! I tend to just buy icecream for dessert - and I've yet to work out how to make icecream as well as the shop stuff.
@wyykidd (1460)
• Singapore
22 Jan 07
Personally, I wouldn't spend time making the desserts myself. There are only 2 persons in the house-my husband & myself. He doesn't have a tooth for sweet stuff & is quite picky about what he eats. Therefore, I find it a waste of time going through all the trouble just to make one portion for myself. It's a lot cheaper & less of a hassle to just buy rather than cook for 1 person. I know the joy of making the desserts for the family where there will be people appreciating your effort. I used to love experimenting when I was living with my family.
@Gibbsy (3)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Homemade stuff always tastes better than store bought stuff, don't ask why it just does. i know for a fact that other people would agree.
@kareng (30892)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think baking/cooking is more fun. Especially if you like to cook! That is probably the key. I know if I have the time I would prepare dessert myself. But if it was for a birthday or something at work and during the week I would lean towards stopping at the bakery because of convenience. Another advantage over making it yourself, is that you exactly what is in it :)