Who wants ice cream?
This decadent dessert has been around since the early 1900s and is the perfect treat to enjoy on a warm summer night, but who invented the banana split?
David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, located at 805 Ligonier Street in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904.
The sundae originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.
News of a new variety of sundae quickly spread by word-of-mouth and through correspondence and soon progressed far beyond Latrobe.
A popular recipe published in 1907 called for a lengthwise split banana, two cones of ice cream at each end and a spoon of whipped cream in between with maraschino cherry on a top, with one end covered with chopped mixed nuts and another with chopped mixed fruits.
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Strickler went on to buy the pharmacy, naming it Strickler’s Pharmacy, while keeping his office on a top floor.
The city of Latrobe celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of the banana split in 2004 and, in the same year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) certified the city as its birthplace.
Not into making a complete Banana Split, Blue Bunny Ice Cream has flavor called, ‘Banana Split,” Walmart sells it, and what a better way of celebrating today’s day to remember.
As we celebrate the birthday of the banana split today, on today’s days to remember.
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