National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th!

How to Make a Banana Split

Originally served in drug stores, soda fountains and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. To make a banana split, cut the banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping; add crushed pineapple to the strawberry, drizzle chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and add strawberry topping to the chocolate. Next, sprinkle with crushed nuts. Finally, garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. 

Anchor 561G 8-1/4 oz Banana Split Dish, Crystal - 2/Pack  by Anchor
Anchor 561G 8-1/4 oz Banana Split Dish, Crystal – 2/Pack

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The Inventor

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. For only 10 cents, Strickler sold his first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae,” double the cost of all the other sundaes.  

SimpleHouseware Fruit Basket Bowl with Banana Tree Hanger, Chrome Finish  by Simple Houseware
SimpleHouseware Fruit Basket Bowl with Banana Tree Hanger, Chrome Finish

by Simple Houseware

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBananaSplitDay

Enjoy this Banana Split Cheesecake recipe.

Celebrate with a delicious banana split and don’t forget the cherry on top! Use #NationalBananaSplitDay to post on social media.

Hersheys Syrup Variety Pack Bundle of 3 Flavors- Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry  by HERSHEY'S
Hersheys Syrup Variety Pack Bundle of 3 Flavors- Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry

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NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. However, in David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August.

In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, 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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