Traditional ice cream splits start with single scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. The banana slices are placed on the sides of the scoops; the ice cream and banana are covered with strawberries, pineapple and hot fudge (or chocolate syrup) and those toppings are covered with whipped cream and peanuts. Candy sprinkles are also used. Nostalgia and presentation are key ingredients in their popularity.
Theresa Sorensen, owner of Fariello's Confectionery in Amsterdam, serves banana splits in a glass relish dish, 16 inches long and 4 inches deep.
Charlotte Hayden of the Corner Ice Cream Store in Guilderland shows off a banana split. The traditional summer treat is more than a century old.
Charlotte Hayden slices a banana in half while making a split at the Corner Ice Cream Store in Guilderland.
Lucia Crupi, a 12-year-old from Canada, eats a banana split at the Corner Ice Cream Store earlier this month.
“That’s the backbone of the ice cream store,” Domenico Albanese, owner of the Corner Ice Cream Store in Guilderland, says of the banana split.