National Banana Split Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always enjoyed on August 25
On August 25, 1904, the banana spilt was first created in the small town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. David Strickler, a 23 year old pharmacist apprentice was working in the soda fountain section of the Tassel Pharmacy at 805 Ligonier Street. Strickler liked to experiment with different combinations of ice cream flavors and toppings. He created the banana split on this day, and sold it for 10 cents, which was a lot at the time. As a matter of fact, it was twice the price of other sundaes. The banana split caught on with students from local Saint Vincent College, and from there, its popularity spread. Walgreens gets recognition for spreading the banana split across the nation when they added it to their soda fountain menu.
Today, Banana splits are a standard item on the menu of just about anywhere ice cream is sold around the country. It became so popular, that there was a television show for kids called "The Banana Split Adventure Hour". It aired form 1968 - 1970.
Did You Know? Banana Splits have 850 - 1500 delicious calories.
You will absolutely love to know that the best way to celebrate this sweet, carb filled day, is to enjoy a banana split. It's as simple as that!
How to Make a Banana Split:
Peel 1 medium banana, split lengthwise and place on an oval dessert dish. Place 1 scoop chocolate, 1 scoop vanilla and 1 scoop strawberry ice cream on top of the banana halves. Top with 2 Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries, 2 Tablespoons pineapple chunks, 2 Tablespoons whipped cream, 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup, and 2 Tablespoons chopped peanuts. Garnish with 2 maraschino cherries.
Origin of National Banana Split Day :
We know a lot about the details around the creation of banana splits, and their popular spread across the dessert world. However, our research did not identify the creator, or the origin of this day. However, we think this is one of the tastiest and most enjoyable days of the year!
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
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