NATIONAL PARFAIT DAY
Usually served in a specially styled glass, parfaits are what this day is all about as we all celebrate National Parfait Day. Each year on November 25th, people fill their glasses with layers of their choice of ingredients anywhere from ice cream and chocolate to yogurt, fruit and nuts.
A French word that literally means “perfect”was originally used to describe a kind of frozen dessert beginning in 1894.
Served differently in other countries, in the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French parfait or to a popular variant, the American parfait, which is made by layering parfait cream, ice cream and/or flavored gelatin or puddings in a tall, clear glass topped with whipped cream, fruit and/or liqueurs.
The Northern United States expanded on the parfait and began to use yogurt layered with nuts or granola and/or fresh fruits which may be, but are not limited to, strawberries, blueberries, bananas or peaches. This spread quickly across all parts of the country and the “yogurt parfait” gained popularity as a breakfast item.
Times have changed over the years and now parfaits are made up of almost any dessert combination that works well put into layers in a tall, clear glass, ranging from crushed Oreo cookies and cheesecake with whipped cream to angle food cake pieces and lemon cream filling with whipped cream.
To celebrate National Parfait Day, try one of the following “tried and true” parfait recipes:
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Parfait Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.