National Banana Split Day, August 25th
Happy National Banana Split Day! The iconic banana split is one of the most recognizable sundaes: one banana split long ways, topped with a scoop each of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, chopped nuts and chocolate sauce.
The original banana split cost 10 cents. First envisioned by drug store clerk David Strickler in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the original banana split became a local favorite in 1904. At 10 cents, the banana split was pricey: about twice the price of an ordinary sundae.
Around the same time Strickler began selling his banana splits in Pennsylvania, a Boston soda fountain began selling a similar sundae with one major difference. This soda fountain didn’t peel the banana before adding it to the sundae, making these banana splits a bit more work-intensive for the consumer than Strickler’s recipe.
If you are feeling particularly decadent, try a banana split pie. While these pies lack ice cream, they do combine some of the key ingredients and flavors from the banana split sundae: bananas, whipped cream, chocolate and fresh strawberries.
Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers hopes you have a chance to enjoy a delicious banana split on this summer day.