National Banana Split Day is celebrated on August 25 by everyone who loves this original and fragrant dessert! It is extremely easy to prepare: cut a banana in half, add ice cream – you need 3 different types in balls, usually they cost chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. The dish is decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and nuts.
Who appointed the celebration of National Banana Split Day on the date of August 25 is unknown. But the palm of the inventor of this dish is contested by two people. There is a version that it was invented by Ernest Hazard of Wilmington, Ohio in 1907. But culinary historians believe that the place where the banana split was invented is Latrobe in Pennsylvania, the year is 1904, and the name of the inventor is David Evans Strickler.
David was 23 that year, worked as a pharmacist’s assistant, and loved experimenting with ice cream. So he invented “banana triple ice cream” and sold the first portion at 10 cents (the rest of the ice cream was sold for 5). Next to the pharmacy was the College of St. Vincent and his students were delighted when they tried an unusual dessert. Thanks to them, he was appreciated by all of America. Other ice cream merchants, owners of the restaurant business began to trade in a promising dessert. So he ended up in Wilmington, Ohio, and Boston, Massachusetts.
At National Banana Split Day, find out some interesting things about him:
- Experts believe that the dessert owes its popularity to the pharmacy chain
- Split, which got into the Guinness Book of Records, was prepared in Sellingsgrove in Pennsylvania. 33 bananas, 2500 gallons of ice cream, and 150 gallons of chocolate syrup!
- Dessert became a TV star! The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was on American television for 2 years (from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970).
How to celebrate
To celebrate National Banana Split Day with pleasure, buy this wonderful dessert. Or make your own – it’s quick and easy. Just buy all the ingredients you need and treat your family and friends! Share the photo on social networks with the hashtag #NationalBananaSplitDay.
When is National Banana Split Day celebrated in 2022?
National Banana Split Day is observed on August 25 each year.