The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and banana split fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Banana Split Fun Facts.

Banana Split Fun Facts: A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its classic form it is served in a long dish called a boat. A banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish. There are many variations, but the classic banana split is made with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana. In no particular order, pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauces are spooned over the strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry.

  • David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904.
  • Walgreen’s drug stores, operated by Charles Rudolph Walgreens is often credited with spreading the banana split’s popularity to a national level. The store had promoted the banana split as their signature dessert. It attracted customers who might have otherwise been simply satisfied with having their prescriptions filled at other drug stores in the neighborhood.
  • With 33,000 bananas, 2,500 gallons of ice cream and 150 gallons of chocolate syrup, Selinsgrove, PA made a 4.5-mile banana split to regain a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, television variety program featuring The Banana Splits. A fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums,vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects). The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera. It ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970.

Key Date

  • August 25th is National Banana Split Day.

Fun Facts We Missed

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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Banana Splits.

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