National Parfait Day
annually on November 25th
National Parfait Day celebrates the parfait, a treat that originated in late 19th century France, and literally means "perfect" in the French language. Today there are two types of parfaits: the traditional French type and an Americanized version. Both types are eaten in the United States. The traditional French parfait is a frozen dessert with a custard-like consistency, that is made up of eggs, cream, sugar syrup, and sometimes alcohol. The Americanized version is made in a variety of ways, and is usually served by layering its ingredients in a clear glass. Common ingredients that are layered include ice cream, parfait cream, flavored gelatin cream, yogurt, granola, nuts, and fresh fruit. The parfaits are often topped with whipped cream, liqueurs, and canned or fresh fruit.