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Why We Love Collecting Vintage Custard Cups

These mini serving dishes are just the thing for elevating dessert.

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Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Dessert served in its own custom dish always makes for an extra-special delivery (think ramekins for creme brulee). These vintage cups, designed for baking custard, do that to sweet -- and colorful -- effect. Yellowware versions from the late 19th century are rare finds, but bright midcentury ones turn up fairly often in thrift stores (and if you’re lucky, you’ll happen upon a full set of six). You can also find their original wire baking rack, complete with a handle to remove them easily from the oven.

 

These durable cups usually cost from $8 to $20, with more expensive ones running up to $50. Companies such as Ohio-based Hall China still produce them, often casting from original molds. We love using the cups for custard, but with their high, curved sides, they’re also ideal for a favorite cool treat, such as a few scoops of sorbet or a mini sundae -- to each her very own.

 

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