What can be more fun than celebrating National Banana Split Day? Well we can all do that on August 25th, the official day of banana splits in the United States.
HISTORY OF THE GREAT AMERICAN BANANA SPLIT
The banana split was “first invented in 1904 by David Evans Stricklerm from Pennsylvania, an apprentice pharmacist who enjoyed creating sundaes. Selling them in the stores Soda Fountain, they became a huge hit with local students. Word of this popular, calorie filled delight soon spread and others began imitating his creation. The city of Latrobe celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of the banana split in 2004 and, in the same year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) certified the city as its birthplace. It is the place of an annual Great American Banana Split Celebration and a keeper of the original soda fountain where the first now famous throughout the world confection was made.”
HOW TO CREATE A BANANA SPLIT FROM HEAVEN
So, you can celebrate this great day by setting up your own banana split bar for your family or even invite your friends and/or neighbors.
Banana splits, served in what is now called a banana boat, is created by first, yes that’s right, by splitting the banana into lengthwise and laying it in the banana boat. Then you add three scoops of your favorite ice cream though traditionally it has been one of chocolate, one of vanilla, and one of strawberry scoop; finish by adding whipped cream, sauces of any flavor (including delicious hot fudge, crushed pineapples and strawberry} and topped with cherries (or any other topping you so desire).
RECIPE FOR SAUCES:
2 cups of canned, crushed pineapple
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp corn starch
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp corn starch
Hot Fudge Sauce
4 oz. semi sweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups evaporated milk
BANANA SPLITS FOR THE HEALTH ENTHUSIASTS
Now for you health enthusiasts, I have been able to find a recipe for a healthy banana split, one that can even be used for breakfast:
1 teaspoon all-fruit strawberry jam
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup blackberries
¾ cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon granola (or toasted oats)
1 tablespoon chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, or cashews)
Peel 1 banana and cut in half, lengthwise. Place banana halves in a shallow bowl.
Mix strawberry jam with all berries. Place in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, until softened. Add ¼ cup berries to the bottom of the bowl, between banana slices.
Mix yogurt with cinnamon. Spoon on top of berries. Sprinkle with remaining berries, granola and chopped nuts. Serve immediately.
GOOD IDEA HERE:
Don’t forget how great bananas are for your health and that they are a great source of potassium. As a plug, be watching for my soon and upcoming blog on “The Importance of Potassium.”
BLAST FROM THE PAST:
By way of a memory, who of you out there can remember the HUGE banana splits that the old, but not forgotten Ronnie’s Restaurant in Orlando, Florida used to serve. (RIP Ronnie’s closed 1995).
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