Who does not enjoy a Banana Split Ice Cream once in awhile?
It’s a tradition that brings back such good memories from our childhood and how once a upon a time,we could eat a huge Banana Split Ice Cream all by ourselves and not gain a pound for our indulgence!History and Origins of Banana Split
Have you wondered about the origins of this interesting dessert?Here’s something I picked up while reading Wikipedia:
As history would have it, apparently, one David Evans Strickler, apprentice pharmacist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain and is credited for inventing the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904.
A year or so later, according to historians, a Boston ice cream entrepreneur created the same sundae, with one minor oddity — he served his banana splits with the bananas unpeeled until he discovered that ladies preferred them peeled! Duh!
In 1907, restaurant owner Ernest Hazard organized an employee contest to come up with a new ice cream dish. When none employees came up with any innovative ideas, he split a banana lengthwise, threw it into an elongated dish (called a boat) and created his own dessert.
The town commemorates the event each June with a Banana Split Festival.
Later, Walgreens was credited with spreading the popularity of the banana split.
The early drug stores in the Chicago area adopted the banana split as a signature dessert. Fountains in the stores proved to be drawing cards, attracting customers who might otherwise have been just as satisfied having their prescriptions filled at some other drug store in the neighborhood.
Here’s a recipe for the ever-popular ice cream snack and dessert.
Banana Split Recipe
2 large Bananas, peeled
ice cream of your choice preferably two different flavours
chocolate or strawberry sauce
fresh strawberry, cut in half
seeds and nuts of your choice
1. Arrange side-by-side one large scoop of ice cream each on an oblong-shaped glass serving plate.
2. Place a Banana each at side of the ice-cream scoops.
3. Sprinkle with the chocolate rice, seeds and nuts.
4. Squeeze some sauce in a zig-zag manner over the dessert.
5. Arrange the cut strawberry and it’s ready to eat!