Banana Split Day – A Very Yummy ice cream treat with bananas, whipped topping, ice cream and other toppings. #BananaSplitDay
A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its traditional form it is served in a long dish called a boat. A banana is cut in half lengthwise (hence the name) and laid in the dish. There are many variations, but the classic banana split is made with three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) served between the split banana. A sauce or sauces (chocolate, strawberry, and caramel are traditional) are drizzled onto the ice cream, then crushed nuts (generally peanuts or walnuts) and whipped cream, then topped with a maraschino cherry.1
David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, located at 805 Ligonier Street in Latrobe, PA, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904.
This day is held annually on August 25. I couldn’t find out when or how this day got started but here is something interesting I found.
In David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August. In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, the United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp” depicting the banana split. It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series. For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.2
I love a banana split. It has been a long time since I have ate one. I have noticed on Hulu the Verizon commercials the main guy gets one from an Ice Cream Truck.
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First published August 22, 2018. Last updated or republished August 26, 2019.