August 25 is National Banana Split Day!
The banana split, a classic ice cream- and banana-based dessert, consists of one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed between a banana that’s been split lengthwise. The vanilla is topped with chocolate syrup, the chocolate with strawberry topping, and the strawberry with pineapple topping. Finally, the entire dish is topped with crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.
Yeah, there’s a lot going on in a banana split, so we won’t mind if you tone down your celebratory banana split today – as long as you have the ice cream and banana.Try Chiquita’s Best Chiquita Banana Split recipe or Rachael Ray’s Banana Split, which uses fresh blackberries and raspberries in place of pineapple and strawberry toppings and whipped cream.
Did You Know…that the banana split was invented by an apprentice pharmacist? 23-year-old David Evans Strickler enjoyed creating new sundae’s at the pharmacy’s soda fountain, leading him to create the banana split in 1904. Although it cost twice as much as other sundae’s, the banana split originally cost only 10 cents!
Feeling bold (or just really hungry)? Try Taste of Home’s All-American Banana Split recipe, which contains all the ingredients of the original banana split created by Strickler.
Sources: punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org