National Banana Split Day
When is National Banana Split Day? This holiday is always celebrated on August 25
Today is a day that you can go ape over. It’s a very ape-pealing day. This August 25 holiday is called National Banana Split Day!!
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 quickly 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 from 1968 – 1970.
Did You Know? Banana Splits have 850 – 1500 delicious calories, and about 95 great-tasting carbs. I guess we will all get back to our diets tomorrow.
You will absolutely love to know that the best way to celebrate this sweet, carb-filled holiday, 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.
How to Participate in National Banana Split Day
Here are some ideas on how to participate in National Banana Split Day:
- Go to an ice cream shop and order a banana spilt.
- Make them at home. Add all of your favorite toppings.
- Have an ice cream party.
Today, I learned that people eat more bananas than monkeys. I can’t remember the last time I ate a monkey. – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of National Banana Split Day
We know a lot about the details around the creation of banana splits, and their popularity 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.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
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