National Parfait Day kicks off breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert just right on November 25th! This versatile dish serves up sweet or healthy in layers of goodness.

Usually served in a specially styled glass, a parfait presents ingredients in appealing layers. Fruit, yogurt, or ice cream provide the basis for transitions between nuts, chocolate, or even whipped cream. 

A French word that literally means “perfect” was originally used to describe a kind of frozen dessert beginning in 1894.

In the United States, most restaurants and ice cream shops serve parfaits in the traditional French style. They use ingredients such as parfait cream, ice cream, gelato, or pudding and layer them in a tall clear glass. To finish the parfait, a dollop of whipped cream is added or even fresh fruit or a drizzle of flavored liqueur.   

The Northern United States expanded on the parfait and began to use yogurt layered with nuts or granola or fresh fruits. Some of the fruits include but are not limited to strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or peaches. The idea spread quickly across all parts of the country, and the yogurt parfait gained popularity as a breakfast item.

When is National Chocolate Parfait Day?

Over the years, combinations changed. Now parfaits are made up of almost any dessert mixture that works well layered in a tall, clear glass. Some popular ingredients include:

  • Cake and cookie pieces
  • Pretzel and cookie pieces
  • Oatmeal, nuts, seeds
  • Gelatin, pudding, cream fillings
  • Coconut, chocolate chips

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParfaitDay

Enjoy a parfait for breakfast or dessert. Invite the kids to help you make them, too. They’re so easy to make. They can get creative and make their own flavors. Set up a parfait bar. Invite friends to join you. That’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Try these recipes below and share your favorites.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits
Fresh Orange Cream Parfaits
Tropical Tapioca Parfaits

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National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.

Parfait FAQ

Q. What is the origin of the word “parfait”?
A. Parfait is the French word for perfect. Parfaite is the feminine form and parfait is the masculine.

Q. I don’t have a parfait dish. What can I serve parfaits in?
A. Parfaits can be served in a variety of glassware. Some recommendations include:

  • Wine glasses
  • Canning jars
  • Tall drinking glasses
  • Ramekins
  • Margarita glasses