Knickerbocker glory
A knickerbocker glory, Poppin
Knickerbocker glory sundae
TypeIce cream
Main ingredientsIce cream, cream

A knickerbocker glory is a layered ice cream sundae that is served in a large tall conical glass, and to be eaten with a distinctive long spoon, particularly in Great Britain and Ireland.

The knickerbocker glory, first described in the 1920s,[1] may contain ice cream, cream, fruit, and meringue. Layers of these different sweet tastes are alternated in a tall glass and topped with different kinds of syrup, nuts, whipped cream and often a cherry.[2] The existence of these layers, which create red and white stripes, distinguishes the dish from a tall sundae and lends the Knickerbocker glory its name.[3] In the United States this dish is more commonly known as a parfait, though knickerbocker glory is occasionally used.[3]

History and etymology

An early form of the knickerbocker glory is believed to have originated in New York in the early 1900s.[4] The name knickerbocker (as it pertains to the dish) is thought to be named after The Knickerbocker Hotel in Manhattan, New York. During the early 1900s the hotel was pink-and-cream colored and well known to the denizens of New York.[5] After it closed in 1920, a tall pink-and-cream colored dish was created in honor of the hotel and the word glory was appended to the name of the dish.[5] At some point in the 1920s the dish was introduced into the United Kingdom, where it attained great acclaim.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Knickerbocker Glory". Foods of England. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ Liddell, Carolyn; Weir, Robin (1996). Frozen Desserts: The Definitive Guide to Making Ice Creams, Ices, Sorbets, Gelati, and Other Frozen Delights. St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 29, 33, 185. ISBN 978-0-312-14343-5. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Nibble: Different Ice Cream Types". Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Practicing Dessert Awareness: The Knickerbocker Glory". HuffPost. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b "etymology - Origin of the name 'Knickerbocker Glory'?". English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Retrieved 10 March 2021.