For The Lovers of Banana, a Desert With Love

Banana split, the history of this famous American ice cream-based dessert made with mostly banana and scoops of flavored filled ice creams range back to the year 1904.

Super tasty and a lovable dessert globally, the Banana split is made by slicing the banana in half lengthwise (hence the name) and lay articulately in a dish. Though there are plethoras of ways these splits are crafted as per the choice of the consumer, the main procedure includes three scoops of ice cream, one each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. The three scoops are strategically placed in between the split bananas. Then they are topped up with the creamiest sauces of chocolate, strawberry or pineapple or a combination of them all. Then they are drizzled with whipped cream and maraschino cherries, crushed nuts (mostly peanuts or walnuts) for an additional flavor that’s a hit with everyone who has a sweet tooth.

Traditionally the Banana split is served in an elongated glass dish called a “boat”. With time the dish has seen the inclusions of many variations. From using the grilled bananas to experimenting with a myriad of flavors such as coconut, coffee or sauces like that or sweetened or salted caramel and warm butterscotch. Caramel sauces are the non-traditional range of toppings that are used in the standard Banana split.

The origin

There’s no doubt that there’s no definitive or distinctive date as to when the Banana split was brought into the consumer’s table. There’s an active debate among historians regarding the actual origin of this dessert classic but most historians believe it was first curated in 1904 by David “Doc” Strickler, an optometrist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. What inspired Strickler the most was the fruit-laden sundae which he came across while vacationing in Atlantic City in the summers of 1904. He aspired to curate something similar yet different. Back in Latrobe, he used the banana fruit as it was a luxury item as back in the day these fruits were shipped to Pennsylvania by way of New Orleans. The original Sunday concocted him, coated 10 cents which was a double of the cost of the other available sundaes. The news of this modified sundae spread from mouth to mouth and in no time, the new delicacy among the desserts spread far and wide, even beyond Latrobe.

The Banana split day (August 25).

This dessert isn’t called a royal without actually being one. On August 25th, the Banana split day is celebrated to help spread this dessert even further so people far and wide can relish in its immensely satisfying taste. Give your taste buds the exhilaration of delicious ice cream and flavorful chocolate covering a fresh banana topped off with nuts, cherries and whipped cream. Surely such a fun-filled happy dessert needs some fun activities alongside if a day is to be celebrated to its name. Rightly so, there is a long list of celebrations and activities that are done in honor of this legendary desert, some of which include the following:

The best thing you can do to celebrate this sweet dish is to enjoy it in all its grandeur. Grab some of the best traditional Banana splits with your friends and families and dig into the flavorful bite of the fudgy banana stuffed ice creams.

●   Get creative

Let’s go bananas! Unleash the chef in you as you top up your Banana split game with creative ways to sweeten things up. Try to fry your bananas, grill them or even dust them with sugar or cinnamon. You can also try and use the unusual flavor of ice cream in between or simply caramelize them like Bananas Foster. Dipping the bananas in chocolate also can be a very flavor filled blast

Why we love the Banana split?

●   The perfect shareable dessert–  Unlike the itty-bitty small desserts, the B-split is usually served with 3 scoops of ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, and a whole banana in splits topped with a cherry making it large enough to be shareable. As they say the more you share, the more the love grows.

●   Endless choices and possibilities –

The split is a dessert that gives you the freedom to choose your ice cream flavors and toppings. There is a variety of usual as well as unusual flavor combos to help you fall in love with the dessert even more.


If there are some more creative recipes on your mind, make sure to try them and share them with your family and friend. You never know your creative genius could bring about an absolutely wonderful and unique dish that the world will cherish for years to come.


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