We’ll be celebrating National Parfait Day, which is observed annually on November 25, by enjoying a tall glass of parfait topped with cherries and butterscotch.
Did you know that the first documented recipe for a parfait appeared in a French cookbook published in the 1890s? The French dessert known as parfait (which literally translates to “perfect”) is made with whipped cream, eggs, sugar, and syrup.
These staples are combined in a pot and cooked until they become custard-like puree. In contrast to the traditional American parfait, which typically features granola, nuts, yogurt, and liqueurs,
as well as fruit or whipped cream, this version does not include any of those ingredients. Typically, parfait is served in a tall, clear glass with a long spoon specifically designed for the dish.
Why National Parfait Day?
It’s a day set aside to relish the delicious dessert known as the “Parfait.” As a word with a perfect connotation, Parfait has its origins in the French language.
It first appeared in 1894 as a French dessert. The sabayon method of preparation is called for cream, eggs, and sugar syrup. The original Parfait was a frozen dessert with a coffee flavor, and it was made in long and skinny molds.
Its popularity has spread around the globe, and local adaptations have made it unique in each region.
History Of National Parfait Day
Parfait can be traced back to the creation of another popular dish—dessert—that has since become a standard component of the three-course meal.
“dessert” comes from the French verb “desservir,” which means “to clear the table” in English. It all started with sugar, as you probably guessed.
Sugar was a luxury item in Europe that only the nobility and the wealthy could afford to indulge in during the Middle Ages. Refined sugar was used as a sweetener and seasoning for stew and roasted meat from that time until the late 15th century. Fruit, gingerbread, sugared almonds, and jelly made up the dessert. Desserts such as cookies, marzipan, and meringues were sometimes offered.
As time went on, people became less interested in artificially sweetening their food and more concerned with how their dishes looked. For the dessert course, the chefs set to work creating elaborate sculptures out of sugar.
The rock of Gibraltar and the severed head of Louis XV were just two examples of the kinds of sugary sculptures that were prevalent. But the French Revolution of the 16th century put an end to that practice.
Thanks to the advancements in manufacturing made during the Industrial Revolution, sweets are now readily available to everyone, not just the wealthy.
Parfait first appeared during this time period. Parfaits have been around since at least the 1890s when a French recipe emerged. The popularity of French culture inevitably spread beyond France, and the parfait dessert made its way across the Atlantic to Europe and the Americas.
Yogurt, nuts, fresh fruits, and granola are just some of the ingredients that have been added to the traditional French parfait to make it more versatile. This parfait style, dubbed “American parfait,” quickly gained popularity and is now the standard. Over the years, different variations were created, and now, parfait has come to occupy a space in the American dessert culture.
How To Celebrate National Parfait Day
Making or eating a parfait is, of course, the most straightforward way to honor National Parfait Day.
Having a parfait party is easy (especially with our foolproof French parfait recipe that follows), as is getting a job at an ice cream shop (if you’re more interested in making and serving parfaits than eating them),
or you can just go to a store that sells parfaits and buy one so you can indulge without the hassle of making it yourself. True parfait celebrations are the only acceptable means of commemorating National Parfait Day. The irony!
How To Observe National Parfait Day
Delight in a parfait for either breakfast or dessert. Also, have the kids pitch in and help you make them. Incredibly, they require little effort to prepare.
They have the freedom to experiment with different flavors. Create a parfait bar and serve. Gather your pals and have some fun! In other words, that’s the way to truly #CelebrateEveryDay! Give the following recipes a shot, and then tell us which ones you liked best.
Interesting Truths About National Chocolate Parfait Day
- Chocolate was used as a form of currency in the Aztec region and served as a beverage. The drink was similar to today’s hot chocolate.
- In Spain, the chocolate trend was brought over from the Aztecs, as a gift of emperor chocolates to one of the visitors to Spain.
- There is a plant called Theobroma cacao which means “Food of the Gods” from which cocoa powder is extracted to make chocolate.
- The serving of Parfait desserts comes in tall, narrow, and vertical glass, and the glass is specifically referred to as the “Glass Parfait”, both in the US and in France.
- In some regions of France, the dessert Parfait is served on a plate rather than a Glass Parfait.
- After eating or smelling chocolate, people feel relaxed because the smell of chocolate releases some theta brain waves that trigger relaxation.
- Chocolate factories claim that it takes only about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
- According to reports, there are 600 flavor components of chocolate.
While the parfait itself has been around since 1894, it’s a huge leap to think that the holiday honoring these tasty frozen concoctions goes all the way back to their origins.