The Perfect Banana Split

  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: One split (1-2 servings)
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Love the taste of banana mixed with the creamy cold texture of ice cream and the rich flavor of chocolate? Is a banana split your ultimate comfort food? If so, try this easy-to-make recipe for banana splits that I'm sure you'll want to make over and over again.

Who Developed the Banana Split?

A 23-year-old pharmacist apprentice named David Evans Strickler is credited with inventing the banana triple ice cream sundae in 1904. Back then, this was a high priced dessert, costing 10 cents, twice the price of other ice cream sundaes where Strickler worked at the Tassel Pharmacy, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The 100th anniversary of the city of Latrobe was marked by the invention of the banana split in 2004. That year the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) dubbed this Pennsylvania city as the banana split birthplace.

What You'll Need

  • 1 banana (split lengthwise)
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream
  • 1 scoop strawberry ice cream
  • Garnish: 
  • chocolate syrup
  • Garnish: marshmallow creme
  • Garnish: strawberry syrup
  • Garnish: whipped cream
  • Garnish: chopped nuts (lightly toasted)
  • 3 maraschino cherries

How to Make It

Place banana slices against sides of long, narrow, shallow dish.* Place scoops of ice cream in a row between banana slices. Squirt chocolate syrup on vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Spoon marshmallow creme over chocolate ice cream. Top each mound with whipped cream. Sprinkle with nuts and top each with a cherry.

* These can be found in your local grocery store. (When having a big dinner party, I also use my glass banana split dishes for placing butter around the table).

Made With Bananas

Are you simply bananas for bananas? Try my other recipes that include bananas as the main ingredient:

  • Scrumptious Blueberry Banana Cake: Got leftover blueberries and bananas? What I really like about this Blueberry-Banana Cake is that there are more bananas and blueberries in the batter than flour and sugar.
  • Banana Pancakes: By adding a mashed banana to a simple pancake recipe, you have a flavorful breakfast.
  • Double Banana Upside Down Cake: This recipe has twice as many bananas as most other recipes. There are bananas on the top of the cake as well as in it.
  • Banana Syrup: This recipe begins with your favorite maple syrup.
  • Favorite Banana Pudding:Although this recipe is very similar to the same recipe that everyone else makes, I've made two changes.

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