I believe in holistic medicine, yoga, Pilates and so on. But I also believe in banana split sundaes once in a while.
In our opinion, this is easily one of the best parts of summer or any time of year where you like to indulge in an ice cream treat! It blends together the perfect flavor of bananas with the rich sweet flavor of the ice cream, topped with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, strawberries, hot fudge, and anything else your heart can imagine! Banana Split Day celebrates this amazing treat and a perfect excuse to indulge in it!
Learn about Banana Split Day
Banana Split Day is exactly what you expect to be: it is a day to celebrate this amazing dessert. It gives you the perfect opportunity to tuck into this sweet treat. After all, who doesn’t love a delicious banana split? You can enjoy one of these desserts (or several) and you don’t need to feel guilty about it! Music to our ears. Have fun trying out your own banana split inventions. You won’t regret it!
Fun facts about banana splits
Did you know that there was a World Record set in Selinsgrove, PA, for the longest banana split? This stretched 4.5 miles, and it consisted of 33,000 bananas, as well as 150 gallons of chocolate and 2,500 gallons of ice cream.
The popularity of the banana split is often credited to Walgreens drug stores, which are operated by Charles Rudolph Walgreens. The store promoted the banana split as their premium dessert, which caused a lot of customers to try the dessert when they may have otherwise note been interested in it.
When banana splits first came onto the scene, they were sold for 10 cents. This may not seem like a lot of money. However, at the time, it was sold at twice the price of sundaes.
Health benefits of bananas
While bananas may be covered in cream and a few other bad things when enjoyed as a banana split, bananas themselves offer a number of different health benefits. This can make you feel better about eating a banana split! Bananas, for example, are an excellent source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6, in turn, provides a number of great benefits. This helps us to maintain a healthy nervous system, remove unwanted chemicals from your kidneys and liver, metabolize amino acids, metabolize fats and carbohydrates, turning them into energy, and produce red blood cells.
The good news does not end there. There are a number of other benefits that are associated with bananas. This includes potassium, which meets around 10 percent of your potassium intake. It also contains manganese, which helps to protect your skin through the creation of collagen, as well as protecting other cells from free radical damage. Bananas are also a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports brain health through the production of serotonin, which impacts our moods, sleep cycle, and experiences of pain and stress. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, absorb iron better, and protect your body against tissue and cell damage.
History of Banana Split Day
The Banana Split, surprisingly, has a very definite history, and we can pinpoint its origins to one David Evans Stickler in 1904, where he was serving as an apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Like most pharmacies of the day, it had a soda fountain attached, and it was in this pharmacy that he invented the banana split, which quickly became a hit with the students at Saint Vincent College nearby. Word of mouth made it spread like wildfire, and it soon became an American institution, before going global.
In 2004 Latrobe hosted the 100th anniversary of the invention, the same year that it was certified as the birthplace of the banana split by NICRA (National Ice Cream Retailers Association). It also became the home of the Great American Banana Split Celebration, a huge event with food and events for everyone to take part in.
Of course, like with all great inventions, there is some contention about its origins (unless you ask NICRA). Wilmington, Ohio claims that it was invented there in 1907 in response to a slump in the ice cream business thanks to the winter season.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY
It’s the perfect shareable dessert
Usually served with 3 scoops of ice cream, fudge, whipped cream, a banana split in half, and a cherry, this dessert is the perfect family-style dessert.
You have so many choices
Choose your ice cream flavors and toppings. Drizzle different chocolates on top and slice your bananas in different ways. This dessert offers endless flavor combos so you can adapt banana splits to your own, unique (and finicky) tastes.
It’s an old-school dessert
For decades, banana splits have been a family favorite in ice cream parlors and soda fountains across America. Maybe it’s because banana splits rekindle that childhood nostalgia, helping us find the joy in simple, old-fashioned things like ice cream, fudge, and bananas.
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