Beth Siegalkoff

Today is National Banana Split Day! Can you say “yum”?

On Aug. 25, 1904, the banana split was created in the small town of Latrobe, Penn. David Strickler, a 23-year-old pharmacist apprentice, was working in the soda fountain section of the Tassel Pharmacy. He liked to experiment with different combinations of ice cream flavors and toppings.

His recipe was a peeled medium banana split lengthwise and placed on an oval dessert dish. He placed one scoop each of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream on top of the banana halves. Top with two tablespoons of sliced fresh strawberries, two tablespoons of pineapple chunks, two tablespoons of chocolate syrup, two tablespoons of whipped cream, and two tablespoons of chopped peanuts – garnish with two maraschino cherries.

He created this banana split on this day and sold it for 10 cents, which was a lot of money to spend on ice cream at the time. As a matter of fact, it was twice the price of other sundaes.

The banana split caught on with students from local Saint Vincent College, and from there, its popularity spread. Walgreens gets recognition for spreading the banana split across the nation when they added it to their soda fountain menu.

Today, banana splits are a standard item on the menu of just about anywhere ice cream is sold around the country.

There are several varieties of flavors that can go into the making of a banana split. So, I am guessing that as long as a banana is split in half in a dessert bowl, the dessert is considered a banana split.

Banana splits became so popular, that there was a television show for kids called, “The Banana Split Adventure Hour”. It aired from 1968-1970. I’m so ready to make a banana split for dessert tonight. And guess what? – Banana splits only have between 800 to 1500 calories. If that is the case, I will skip dinner and just eat the banana split.

Labor Day will be here in a little under two weeks. It is considered the last 3-day weekend of the summer. I hope you have plans to relax and enjoy it.

Hopefully, the fires will get under control and the smoke will be less. If that is the case, maybe you can get outside and do some clean up before the fall decorations go up.

Last Saturday and Sunday were sure nice. With the Delta breeze, most of the smoke cleared and the temperatures were down – almost fall weather. It’s about time for a change.

With that being said, there are 67 days until Halloween, 92 days until Thanksgiving, and that makes 121 shopping days until Christmas. You may want to take advantage of the Labor Day sales and start your shopping. Just a couple of hours during the Labor Day weekend may save you several hours of traffic and crowded stores in December. And you will have taken advantage of the bargains!

Flower of the day – Zinnias

Recipe of the day: Banana Splits

Dates to remember:

Sept. 6 – Labor Day

Sept. 11 – Patriots Day

Sept. 12 – National Grandparents Day

Sept. 14 – Election Day

Sept. 22 – Autumnal Equinox

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.