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Blog Post: Banana Split

July 7th, 2016 Posted by Lauren

What is a classic banana split? There are a variety of answers to this simple question. Some people say it has to have pineapple on it. Others say it has to have chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream for it to be a true banana split. As for me, all I know is that there must be ice cream, toppings, and a banana. I put my True Detective skills to work to find out more about banana splits, and I would love to share with you what I have come up with.

Here at Purple Door, we have many books about ice cream. These are great references for all that we do at PDIC. I went to the Index of what we consider “The Bible” of ice cream to pick out everything I could about the banana split. What I found was fairly simple, “Three scoops of ice cream; a whole banana cut lengthwise; and chocolate, marshmallow, whipped cream, nuts, and a plump cherry”. A soda jerk named David Strickler created this version in 1904.

It seems as though everything else I have read included the classic ice cream flavors of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. They should be covered with crushed pineapple on the vanilla, strawberry sauce on the strawberry, and fudge or chocolate sauce on the chocolate ice cream. The dish is also traditionally covered in crushed nuts, whipped cream and a cherry. The more I think about it, the more I can’t wait to dig into one!

At our ice cream shop, we have decided to leave it up to you. It’s your choice of three scoops of ice cream, and a total of three toppings which include candies and nuts, a whole banana, and it’s all topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Although we don’t offer strawberries, ‘mallows, or pineapple, we hope you can create a banana split that becomes classic to you.

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by Gustavo Woltmann on January 12, 2017

Thank you for this banana split recipe. I would try this at home. - gustavo woltmann

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