Godiva Raspberry Parfait Recipe
Ice Cream Sundae with Wow!

If Lady Godiva only knew…

This ice cream sundae is wonderful! Both Ms. Godiva and the chocolate named in her honor have quite the reputation. The chocolate products and liqueur are excellent.

You can go all out, spend big money (about $150) and use the Godiva brand chocolates exclusively. Or, you can use the Godiva liqueur only, and stop there, using less expensive brands of chocolate for the rest of the procedure. Your choice. We’ll show you the Godiva way, and you substitute if you like.

Although the parfait itself is delicious, our guests rave about the individual Godiva chocolates presented alongside. We incorporate parts of the box and packaging into the presentation. Featuring this product seems to convey “the very best.”

Portions/Servings for the Ice Cream Sundae:

This recipe will feed 50 people, if you are you are serving other desserts, and/or appetizers, dinners, etc. Read about Party Food Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.

Ice Cream Sundae Shopping List for 50 People:

NOTE: Godiva chocolates are sold in stores and online, however there is a wide selection available on eBay ;-)

___1 – 70 piece “gold box” “Ballotins” Godiva chocolate assortment, or equivalent

___1 lb. Godiva bar chocolates, semi-sweet and dark mix, sold in 1.5 Oz bars – 11 or 12 bars should do.

___1 - full bottle of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. There are other brands of chocolate liqueurs, however we like to serve what’s left of the bottle along with the dessert as a garnish of sorts.

___2 - gallons of premium Vanilla ice cream. Godiva brand ice cream is available, however we tend not to use it because of its high cost. Your call.

___4 qt. of fresh raspberries. However seasonal, raspberries can be special ordered. (When available, we like the fresh raspberries sold at Sam’s Club – not only for price, but also great quality.)

___ 1 qt. of extra heavy whipping cream. This, the sugar and vanilla extract are for homemade whipped cream – if you want, by three aerosol cans of whipped cream instead.

___ Small amount of Confectionaries’ sugar (10x)

___ Small amount of vanilla extract

___ 50+ parfait glasses. Parfait glasses, Pilsner beer glasses, champagne flutes, wine glasses and more can be rented. However, there are lots of different kinds of disposable, plastic class where available at parties supply shops and online.

Amazon has lots of disposable plastic glassware available. These are the cheapest we could find - but there are many styles and looks.

Have fun!


NOTE: We assemble these parfaits and two steps, which saves us lots of time on the day of the party. We’ll show you how we do it:

One Day (or days) Before the Party:

Using a food processor or hand grater, reduce the chocolate bars to crumbs. Set aside in a cool place.

Size up an area of your freezer that you can store the finished parfaits. You'll need a tray or board that you can put under them, and them place them in your freezer.

Assemble your parfait glasses, chocolate liqueur, ice cream and grated chocolate.

Notice that we spread film under the flat board. We're going to wrap the film around the parfaits so that they don't tip over.

You’re going to build about 65% of the parfait now, ahead of time to save time. Save the raspberries and whipped cream for later.

Start by putting a few drops of the chocolate liqueur into the bottom of each glass.

Then dropped in a scoop of ice cream, and a few sprinkles of the grated chocolate.

Continue with a few more drops of the liqueur, another scoop of ice cream, some chocolate, and a few more drops of liqueur.

Wrap the film over the tray of parfaits. This will hold them steady so you can move them into the freezer.

This should fill about two thirds of the glass, leaving room for the whipped cream and raspberries which you’ll add on the day of the party.

On the Day of the Party:

You’ll need an electric mixer for whipping the cream. Put the bowl and the beaters/whip into the freezer for 30 minutes. Then, quickly assemble the mixer, add the extra heavy whipping cream, 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract, and ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar. Whip on high speed until thickened, but careful not to over-whip or you’ll wind up with butter! Refrigerate the whipped cream when you’re not serving it.

Just When You’re Ready to Serve:

Assemble the amount of frozen parfait glasses you need to serve now, along with the bowl of whipped cream, fresh raspberries and the grated chocolate.

Finish building the parfaits with a few raspberries, a spoon of whipped cream, and then a final raspberry and sprinkles of chocolate.

Allow the frozen parfaits to stand for a bit before serving.

Presentation for the Ice Cream Sundae: Your Eyes Eat First

When we serve this dessert, we like to offer a box of the Godiva chocolates at the same time.

Alternatively, you can put one of the chocolates right into the whipped cream on top of each parfait. And we always have a bottle of Godiva Liqueur floating around somewhere…!

Leftovers for the Ice Cream Sundae:

When we have partially built, frozen parfait glasses in the freezer with ice cream and liqueur, we allow them to soften and then combine them all into one container, then back to the freezer.

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