Two American states fighting over The Banana Split?!

5 months ago


There is nothing as refreshing as ice cream on a sweltering summer’s day, and no ice cream as iconic as the banana split. A dessert mainstay not only in ice cream parlors but also in countless restaurants all over the world, the banana split is a sundae made of three scoops of ice cream (vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate) topped with fruit and syrup (chocolate, strawberry, and pineapple), whipped cream and nuts, and nestled between two banana halves.

The credit for this sundae is the cause of an icy rivalry between the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Pennsylvanian native David Strickler, who worked as a soda jerk in Latrobe City, claims to have invented the banana split in 1904. His version was simply topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. Meanwhile, there has been documentation of the invention of the banana split in Ohio going back to 1907. Ernest Hazard, a restaurant owner in Wilmington City, claims to have invented the dish when he ran a contest for his employees, challenging them to come up with the best dessert. (Yes, he entered his own contest and declared himself the winner.) The Wilmington split has more toppings than its Latrobe sibling; it was in the Wilmington version where pineapple and strawberry syrup was added to the sundae.

Both states hold sweet parties every year to celebrate this dessert; Pennsylvania has the Banana Split Bash, while Ohio has the Banana Split Festival. We think there’s no need to go bananas or to split hairs over the dish’s origins, though. Whether you’re a fan of the Latrobe or the Wilmington version, both are just as good!


Words by Janelle Año

Photographed by Zac Moran


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