Mocha Latte Parfait

These pretty parfaits are perfect when hosting a small dinner party. Assemble them earlier in the day for a no-fuss dessert!

Yield

4 servings

Parfait Ingredients

1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 teaspoon shortening
chocolate jimmies
3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Latte Cream Ingredients

2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar

Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with shortening; stir until smooth. Dip rims of four parfait glasses in chocolate; sprinkle with jimmies. Let stand until set.

In a small saucepan, combine the cream, egg yolks, vanilla, coffee granules and remaining chocolate chips. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160°F (71°C) or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Cool, stirring several times.

In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in 1 tablespoon whipping cream. Add remaining cream; beat cream mixture until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Fold 1 1/2 cups of cream mixture into cooled chocolate mixture.

Spoon about 1/4 cup chocolate mousse into each parfait glass; spoon or pipe about 1/4 cup cream mixture over mousse. Repeat layers. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Nutritional Information

1 parfait equals 606 calories, 50 g fat (30 g saturated fat), 234 mg cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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