In France, this is a frozen dessert that consists of egg, whipped cream, sugar and flavoring. It can be a single flavor or a combination of flavors. It is placed in a mold or served in a tall, narrow, footed glass.
In the United States, this is a layered ice cream dessert, which consists of layers of ice cream, flavored syrup, fruit and whipped cream. The parfait is generally topped with whipped cream, and possibly nuts and a cherry. It is also served in a tall, narrow, footed glass.