Chocolate Parfait

Interesting Food Facts about Chocolate & Parfait

  1. Chocolate parfait is a dessert made from mixing chocolate and parfait, a whipped ice cream usually with more heavy cream as an ingredient,
  2. It is often served in a tall, clear glass and topping creation with whipped cream and fruit.
  3. Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  4. Chocolate History comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates “Food of the Gods”.
  5. Parfait is a French word that means perfect.

Fun Fact: 

The oldest recipe with the name parfait comes from a French cookbook dated 1869. It was a frozen coffee-flavored French ice dessert constructed in tall and thin ice moulds.

Today, the ‘French’ style parfait is served on decorated plates instead of tall, thin glassware.

Today’s Food History

  • 1683 Supposedly, a patent for a system of extracting salt from sea water was granted in England.
  • 1841 The first wagon train left Independence, Missouri for California.
  • 1851 London’s Great Exhibition opened in Hyde Park. It was the first international exhibition ever to be held. The Exhibition was housed in the Crystal Palace.
  • 1889 Bayer introduced aspirin powder in Germany.
  • 1927 Imperial Airways became the first British airline to serve hot meals.
  • 1931 Empire State Building opens. It was built on the site of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • 1971 ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones is released.
  • 1991 Charles Elton died. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a ‘food chain.’
  • 2001 Hindus in Seattle filled suit against McDonald’s restaurant chain for not disclosing the use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.
  • 2005 A 9 foot, 640 pound freshwater catfish was caught by fishermen in northern Thailand on the Mekong River. According to many, this is the largest freshwater fish ever caught.

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