NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY
National Banana Split Day is observed annually on August 25th!
Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between. The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping. Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream. Crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.
Today, there are many variations to the classic banana split.
A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904. David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. His first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this Banana Split Cheesecake recipe.
On this warm day, celebrate National Banana Split Day with delicious banana split and don’t forget the cherry on top! Use #NationalBananaSplitDay to post on social media.
We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. In Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August. In 2013, an official marker was placed at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. 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.
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