Happy Banana Split Day!
Long live the BANANA SPLIT! Thank goodness this food holiday is only once a year because it’s definitely not the healthiest holiday out there. So that of course means that it has to be delicious. This ice cream dessert is heavy, filling and full of yummy sweetness. I’d much rather make my own banana split than order one at a restaurant. It’s so much better when you can choose the quantities of all the ingredients! Want to learn a little bit more about banana splits? More after the jump!
A banana split is usually served in a long dish called a boat. A tasty banana is then cut in half. That’s why it’s called split. It is then added to the boat. Even though you can pretty much add anything to a banana split, traditionally, it included scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana. Then the delicious toppings were added. Pineapple topping for the strawberry ice cream, chocolate syrup for the vanilla, and strawberry topping for the chocolate. It’s finished off with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.
David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist in Pennsylvania, invented the banana split in 1904. He enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. The sundae only cost 10 cents, cheap by our standards, but it actually doubled the price of other sundaes at that time. The sundae became a hit!
When I make a banana split, I like to mash my bananas into slices. I also just stick to plain old vanilla ice cream, topped with chocolate syrup. If I have chocolate chips, I throw them in too.
Here are some of the top Banana Split recipes. Enjoy the holiday!