Surprisingly, the banana split was born in a pharmacy rather than an ice cream parlor back in 1904. It was the brainchild of David Evans Strickler, who was a 23-year-old pharmacist apprentice that enjoyed experimenting with new soda fountain sundaes in his free time. This dessert combo immediately caught like wildfire among the college crowd. It became so popular that they could charge customers double the price of a normal sundae, which was 5 cents at the time. Go bananas, because on August 25 we celebrate National Banana Split Day to pay homage to this unique and delightful dessert!
Why We Love National Banana Split Day
A. It’s the perfect shareable dessert
Usually served with 3 scoops of ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, a banana split in half, and a cherry, this dessert is the perfect family style dessert.
B. They’re infinitely customizable
Choose your ice cream flavors, choose your toppings, drizzle different chocolates, slice your bananas different ways… this dessert offers endless flavor combinations to make it truly personalized to your taste.
C. It’s old fashioned
Banana splits have been a family favorite tradition for decades in ice cream parlors and soda fountains across America. They rekindle that childhood nostalgia, helping us find the joy in simple, old-fashioned things like ice cream, fudge, and bananas.
How to Celebrate National Banana Split Day
1. Dig in
The best thing you can do to celebrate a banana split is to enjoy it with some friends! Grab some spoons and battle your way to the last fudgy, banana-filled bite.
2. Get creative with your bananas
You can up your banana split game by getting creative with the bananas. Fry them up and dust them with cinnamon and sugar, caramelize them like Bananas Foster, freeze them and dip them in chocolate—you’ll go bananas for these new flavor combinations!
3. Turn it into a milkshake
Gather all the tasty ingredients you want in your banana split and throw them in a blender. In seconds, you’ll blend your way to a frosty treat that’s good until the very last drop!