I was going through some miscellaneous silverware in my in-laws' drawers, and ran across a set of these strange-looking forks that look a bit like sporks.

Anyone know what specific food they're for?

pair of silver "sporks"

UPDATE: the forks in the photo are quite small, only about 5 inches long, the size of a salad fork.

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    I believe they are nothing more than serving forks – Steve Chambers May 6 '19 at 1:30
  • Ah, no, they're quite small. I'll update the description. – FuzzyChef May 6 '19 at 4:55

Assuming they are the same size as the other forks and spoons, they are most likely ice cream forks.

Other possibilities are a terrapin fork or a ramekin fork (both are more specialized, and possibly less fun, than an ice cream fork).

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    Based on a image search, ice cream fork appears to be correct. Shame, terrapin fork would have been somewhat exciting from a "wierd antiques" perspective. As a bonus, though, I now know that I have several Ramekin Forks in the same set; I thought they were just salad forks! – FuzzyChef May 6 '19 at 4:59
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    Have we been reading Miss Manners? ^_^ – Stephie May 6 '19 at 8:25
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    Actually learned about them some years ago when my uncle was talking about some of our family's silver. I did have to google for other spork-shaped utensils though (none of my ancestors had terrapin forks, lol) – Erica May 6 '19 at 9:11
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    Are they actually silver? I feel like that'd be a particularly bad choice for ice cream, given how thermally conductive silver is. – Michael Seifert May 6 '19 at 13:42

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