|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 to 2|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 24g||31%|
|Saturated Fat 15g||74%|
|Total Carbohydrate 57g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||31%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A classic banana split is a combination of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream served with a banana cut lengthwise and toppings like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. It was named as such because the banana is split in half and then the ice cream is nestled between the two pieces. You can tweak the original formula according to your tastes. Use your favorite ice cream flavors (as long as they go nicely together) and switch out the toppings to make the dessert your own.
Gather the ingredients.
Peel the banana and slice it in half lengthwise. Place the banana slices against the sides of a long, narrow, shallow dish.
Place the scoops of ice cream in a row between the banana slices.
Squirt the chocolate syrup on the vanilla and strawberry ice cream.
Spoon the marshmallow creme over the chocolate ice cream.
Top everything with the whipped cream. Sprinkle it all with nuts and top each mound of ice cream with a cherry.
- Swap one or more of the ice cream flavors for any of your favorites, like pistachio, cookies and cream, or cherry ice cream.
- Try different syrups like butterscotch, caramel, or strawberry sauce.
- A variety of chopped, toasted nuts like peanuts, pecans, almonds, or pistachios are delicious sprinkled on top.
- Add other toppings like toasted coconut or sprinkles.
- The long, narrow banana dishes can be found in your local grocery or home goods store, but if you don't have this specific shaped dish you can use a large bowl and cut the bananas as needed to fit. It will not be the traditional presentation but will be just as delicious.
- If you're having a party or feeding a crowd, arrange all of the ingredients on a table or buffet in the order they are used, starting with the dishes and ending with the spoons. Let everyone make their own banana split for a fun, interactive dessert.
Who Invented 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, or twice the price of other ice cream sundaes where Strickler worked at the Tassel Pharmacy, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The price didn't deter customers, though, and the treat became popular throughout the country.
In 2004, the 100th anniversary of the city of Latrobe celebrated the invention of the banana split. That year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) dubbed this Pennsylvania city as the banana split birthplace.