Banana splits have been popular since their introduction in 1904 by a pharmacist's apprentice named David Evans Strickler. He originally called it a banana triple ice cream sundae. Priced at $0.10, it cost nearly double the other desserts offered at that time. It immediately gained popularity as it was unlike any dessert they served.
Banana splits are a staple to the menu of any ice cream shop. Having a great banana split gives your business a leg up on your competitors. Below is the recipe for the perfect banana split with some ways to elevate it and make it your own.
How You Can Make the Perfect Banana Split
1. The Container
The first step to any ice cream treat is finding the right container to serve it in. For a banana split, you need something sturdy and long enough to fit a banana. This clear plastic bowl is perfect for banana splits. It's the right shape for bananas and it's clear so you can see your dessert through it. This gives you an extra opportunity to show off your ice cream.
2. The Banana
The crux of a banana split is the banana. Once you have your container, the banana goes in first. After you peel your banana, use a sharp knife to cut it in half lengthwise. Place each half of your banana on either side of the bowl, leaving some room in the bowl for the ice cream to sit.
3. The Ice Cream
There are three ways you can go about the ice cream in your banana split: have one scoop of three different flavors, one scoop of one flavor and two of another, or three scoops of one flavor. Traditional banana splits have three scoops of ice cream, but if you use a smaller scoop, like this one, you can fit more flavors of ice cream in your bowl.
4. The Toppings
Banana splits famously have a variety of toppings. They fall into four categories: the sauce, the crunch, the whipped cream, and the topper. Traditionally, the sauce is hot fudge, the crunch is crushed peanuts, the whipped cream is, well, whipped cream, and the topper is maraschino cherries. First, put a dollop of whipped cream on each scoop of ice cream. Then, drizzle the sauce over the ice cream, whipped cream, and banana. After that, sprinkle the peanuts on top. Finally, top each dollop of whipped cream with a cherry.
Making the perfect banana split will elevate your ice cream shop. The best restaurants do the simple things well. Customers may come originally for your obscure items but it's the basics that make them come back. Having the perfect banana split will allow your business to stay ahead of your competition.