Posted on: February 25, 2017News

banana-splitColumn ideas come from a variety of sources. I recently received an email from a longtime friend of the CEOs (second grade). She asked if I’d ever done a column on the banana split.

I checked my index — I keep track of all my column starters — and I hadn’t ever written one nor eaten one while writing. So, Judy, this one’s for you.

For those of you who have never been exposed to the tasty dish, it’s typically a banana cut in half (lengthwise) and laid in a dish. Then in the classic split, three scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) are placed along the banana. Chocolate, strawberry and pineapple sauces are spooned, in no particular order, on the ice cream. The whole low-calorie concoction is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. Don’t try this at home; I can not be responsible for the consequences.

We can trace this directly back to David Evans Strickler of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy. Does an apprentice pharmacist only get to fill simple prescriptions? Valium, anyone?

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