Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Electrolux #splits: Banana Split Tonight

On my way home from work the other day, I was thinking I should write about ice cream. It’s summer, and it’s pretty hot for Northern California, so it’s definitely ice cream season. My VERY pregnant daughter-in-law called and she was eating ice cream. It must be destiny. When I opened my email, I had a notice from FoodBuzz to their Featured Publishers (and I’m one of those) with a banana split blog post challenge as a fund raiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. On Monday, there will be a Top 9 Takeover where all nine of the featured posts on will be about banana splits.

I know about banana splits and unfortunately I know about ovarian cancer. Too many women have ovarian cancer and often it has spread before they know about it. Progress in both early detection and treatment is needed. So if you go to and click on the link, you can create a virtual banana split. For every virtual banana split, Electrolux will donate a dollar to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. And for each Featured Publisher who submits a post, FoodBuzz will donate $50, up to $5000. Check it out and support ovarian cancer research.

So much for virtual banana splits. How about the real thing! When I was in college, I used to go to the local ice cream shop and have a banana split as my lunch. I had very little money for food and I decided with a banana, the nuts and the calcium from the ice cream involved, at least there was some nutritional value in the pleasure of a banana split.

I am very particular about how to build a banana split. And the banana cannot actually be split. I don’t like looking at all those seeds, end to end on the banana. The banana has to be sliced into rounds. The ice cream on top is one scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Next comes the toppings – chocolate sauce on the vanilla, marshmallow sauce on the chocolate and crushed pineapple on the strawberry. My nuts of choice are toasted almonds. And I don’t like maraschino cherries or whipped cream (am I weird, or what?), so forget that.

But for this special banana split, I had to take my husband into consideration, since I couldn’t manage the whole thing alone. So I made some compromises. He wanted strawberry sauce, so I ditched the canned crushed pineapple and we used pureed fresh strawberries. I also decided to switch out the marshmallow cream sauce for butterscotch, top it all with the toasted almonds and roasted Williams Sonoma handmade vanilla marshmallows. Yum! I revived that college tradition and we split a banana split for dinner.


  1. Looks wonderful! Thank you also for the link in support of Ovarian Cancer! I am a survivor of ovarian cancer and know how much they need for research to help those suffering and early detection.
    See your doctor for regular physicals is your first step in helping early detection!!!!

  2. I was just going to say it has been ages since I devoured an entire banana split by myself. Mostly, I go for just a scoop of ice cream. But this looks so dastardly good that I might just have to enlist the hubby to share a giant banana split with me. I know I won't have to twist his arm on that one. Hah.

  3. Thank you again, Judy, for this wonderful (and yummy!) post!! I appreciate the time and effort it took for you to do it so they will donate money to those blogs wonderful! I can't remember the last time I had a banana split..? But I'm with you, I don't like it being cut down the middle, I like the slices. And those marshmallows look heavenly!! Wish I could buy ALL my food from Williams-Sonoma...yum.