Parfait (pronounced IPA: [paʁfɛ]) is a French word literally meaning “perfect” that began referring to a kind of frozen dessert in 1894. The French term for parfait can refer to a frozen syrup made of sugar syrup, egg, and cream.
An American parfait is a dessert normally made by layering cream, ice cream, or flavored gelatin dessert with other ingredients such as granola, nuts, yogurt, syrups, liqueurs, fresh fruit, or whipped topping. A parfait is normally made in a tall clear glass making all layers visible. The term parfait traditionally refers to an ice-cream treat similar to a sundae.
Currently, the term ‘yogurt parfait’ is being popularized by specialty retailers in America, being a layered concoction of fruit, yogurt and granola or other cereal. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack.