The History Behind the Banana Split

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August 25th is National Banana Split Day, and if you’re like any other normal human being, you’re sitting there thinking, “What is the history of the banana split?” Now you may know how to spell the word banana thanks to Gwen Stefani’s 2004 hit song “Hollaback Girl” where the pop star spells out the word banana four times, but where did the delicious three-in-one sundae “The Banana Split” come from? You can drop to your knees and give praise to Mr. David Evans Strickler.
David Strickler, a 23-year-old druggist apprentice at Tassell Pharmacy in Latrobe, apparently out-scooped them all in the summer of 1904. He split a banana from stem to stern, laid it on a dish and heaped three scoops of ice cream between the halves. He topped the ice cream with marshmallow, pineapple slices, crushed nuts, cherries and sweet syrups and dubbed his grand creation a “banana split sundae.”
We give you many thanks Mr. Strickler for your bright idea! Now we urge you Farrell’s pals to cheers to 112 years of a decadent sundae by stopping by Farrell’s and enjoying a very delicious 3-scoop banana split.

Source: Attoun, Marti. “Who Invented the Banana Split?” N.p., 9 June 2009. Web.