August 25 is National Banana Split Day. Did you know there is an official way to make a banana split? The National Day Calendar says: “Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between. The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping. Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream. Crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.” So now you know!
A banana split was first created in 1904 in Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by David Evans Strickler. He called it a “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” and it sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes. There is now an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler created this ice cream treat. Latrobe and the banana split were also honored with a forever stamp by the USPS, this very year. You can take a look, and purchase the Soda Fountain Favorites stamps here or at your local post office.
So be sure to celebrate today with at least a dish of ice cream, or hopefully a banana split. Don’t forget the cherry!
Quotes about banana splits, about bananas, and about ice cream. (And one really bad banana joke)
I blow up fireworks all the time, and I love making milkshakes and banana splits.–Chris Isaak
I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split.–Raymond Chandler
Only the smell of his place is familiar, syrupy with old delights, as if the ghost of my first banana split had come close to breathe on me.–Wallace Stegner
With no pretensions of art, Viva Las Vegas, the new Elvis Presley vehicle, is about as pleasant and unimportant as a Banana Split.–Howard Thompson
I believe in holistic medicine, yoga, Pilates and so on. But I also believe in banana split sundaes once in a while.–Gwyneth Paltrow
Always take a banana to a party.–Steven Moffat
I’m getting so old, I don’t even buy green bananas anymore.–Chi Chi Rodriguez
Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you’re looking for morals in politics you’re looking for bananas in the cheese department.–Harry Shearer
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.–Bill Gates
The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.–Clifton Fadiman
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.–Groucho Marx
Summer would not be summer without Ice-cream. Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love.–“A Few Casual Remarks on Ice-Cream,” Puck, 1881 June 8th
I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.–Heywood Broun
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.–Don Kardong
Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.–Judith Olney
Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.–Jim Fiebig
Ice cream is happiness condensed.–Terri Guillemets
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. That’s my philosophy.–Thornton Wilder
Never trust a skinny ice cream man.–Ben Cohen
Besides being a useful adjunct to courtship, Ice-cream is often employed to feed poets upon.–“A Few Casual Remarks on Ice-Cream,” Puck, 1881 June 8th
Q: Why did the man lose his job in a fruit packing firm?
A: He kept throwing the bent bananas away.
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