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Letter to the Editor: August 23

Happy National Banana Split Day!

August 23, 2021 By Larry Penner
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Dear Editor,

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. Take a day off from worrying about cholesterol, triglycerides and your weight. Treat yourself, beat the heat and humidity by going to your favorite local ice cream parlor and order a banana split.

Wednesday, August 25th is National Banana Split Day. It was invented by 23 year old apprentice pharmacist David Evans Strickler at his Latrobe, Pennsylvania store’s soda fountain in 1904. The cost for this tasty treat was 10 cents which was twice the price of any other ice cream sundae.

Why not have an all ice cream dinner? Enjoy a couple of scopes of your favorite ice cream. It should be properly served in a long dish sometimes called a boat. The banana is cut in half lengthwise with three scopes of ice cream in between. Tradition has scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry but many substitute other flavors.

Add some hot fudge, whipped cream, crushed nuts, maraschino cherries and other toppings. It will put a smile on your face and bring back childhood memories of when you frequented Jahns Ice Cream Parlor or another favorite ice cream emporium. There were once Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlors in Bay Ridge, Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay.

— Larry & Wendy Penner

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