Every once in a while a diversity of pleasures comes together in the perfect combination, and you feel like for just that moment you can have it all–like sitting out on the patio with a light breeze blowing and the irises and lilacs blooming and filling the air with a sweet fragrance and the sun setting in a rainbow of pastels and the evening songbirds calling back and forth. Ah, yes, you can have it all. Or lying out on the beach, the morning sun warm but not too hot on your skin, the sand cool around your toes, the sound of the waves lapping, the gulls calling, the smell of salt on the breeze. Sometimes you can have it all.
This Very Berry Chocolate Parfait aspires to such lofty heights. It’s easy and quick to make, giving immediate (or nearly so) gratification. It’s healthy, with the vitamins and nutrition of fresh fruit and yogurt. It’s got the indulgence of chocolate (got to have that in any dream dessert). It has a variety of textures and flavors, but is also cool and creamy. And to top it all off (the rest isn’t enough?) it’s very pretty and multi-colored in the glass–just before it disappears into your mouth.
Maybe this Very Berry Chocolate Parfait isn’t quite the same as a perfect morning on the beach, but at least you don’t have to slather on sunscreen or worry about the kid upwind throwing sand in the air that ends up in your face. These perfect moments are difficult to find and more difficult to preserve. Go for the sure thing: Very Berry Chocolate Parfait!
Very Berry Chocolate Parfait
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 cup Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup mixed berries
1/3 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, and sugar until well blended. Fold in the Cool Whip.
To assemble the parfaits, spoon some of the chocolate wafer crumbs into the bottom of two glasses. Top with the chocolate yogurt mixture, and then with some of the fruit. Repeat these layers. Top the last layer of fruit with a dollop of Cool Whip. Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Makes 2 parfaits.
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