Ultimate. Ginormous. Towering. Honkin’. Pimped out. Pick your giant adjective of choice–however you want to describe it, this is one hyoooooge* banana split!
*I hope you said this with a Donald Trump voice, because I sure did.
Folks, today is National Banana Split Day, and as we all know, I am a slave to these fake holidays. Seriously, Jason should wise up and send me a fabricated press release about National Chips and Salsa for Dinner Day, because there is no surer way to get me excited about a food than to suggest that it has its own calendar holiday. I’ve never even assembled a banana split before, but after hearing about its Very Special Day, I became a banana-slicing, ice cream-scooping, cherry-topping fool.
I’m not sure if pictures can convey the size of this dessert beast. You’re looking at a pound of brownie cubes, 7 whole bananas, 3 quarts of ice cream, a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries, fudge, caramel, and strawberry sauces, and a boatload of sweet odds and ends from my kitchen.
And before we go further, let me say that although I treasure the emails and comments I receive about how sugar is deadly and desserts are so unhealthy—I really, truly do—rest assured that this over-the-top dessert is meant to serve, like, a bajillion people (= at least 10) so save those angry emails for something really important, like that grumpy cat on YouTube who’s always scowling at things. I mean, who does that jerk think he is?
So how do you take a banana split from average to awesome? Well, by adding basically every sweet thing your mind can dream up. I love brownie sundaes, so fudgy brownie chunks were a natural addition. I also like berries with my ice cream, so I thought I’d kick things up a notch by dipping my strawberries in chocolate before adding them to the split. And from there things rapidly spun out of control. Cookies! Sprinkles! Cherries! Lollipops! Must.Use.All.The.Things!
The end result was a towering banana split suitable for royalty. (But not that Prince George. He should stick to pureed peas for awhile.) Every bite had something different, and I particularly enjoyed doing some brownie excavation down into the bottom of the bowl—just call me the Indiana Jones of banana splits. As it sits the ice cream starts to melt a bit, meaning that the bottom layer has the most delicious mingling of brownies, banana chunks, soft ice cream, hot fudge, and any other fillin’s that have managed to slip-slide their way down the bowl.
After assembly, you can dish the split up into individual bowls, or if your group is friendly, you can all gather around the giant bowl and just dig in with individual spoons. And hey, if they’re not friendly, it’s a terrific chance to make new friends. Spoon-jousting and fighting over the biggest chocolate-covered strawberries are great ways to meet new people.
The best part is, this is a super-impressive but super-easy dessert to throw together. You can use all store-bought ingredients and whip it up in about 10-15 minutes, including slicing and scooping time. So, no excuses! I hope you’re all able to celebrate National Banana Split Day in style!
The Ultimate Banana Split
- 4 cups brownie cubes about 1 lb
- 7-8 bananas
- 3 quarts ice cream
- Fudge sauce
- Caramel sauce
- Strawberry sauce
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries or other berries
- Whipped cream
- Maraschino cherries
- Scatter brownie cubes in the bottom of a wide, shallow bowl. Slice bananas in half lengthwise, and place them on top of the brownies, fanning outward in a circle. Top the bananas with scoops of ice cream. Drizzle the ice cream with fudge, caramel, and/or strawberry sauces. Garnish with cookies, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, or anything else you can dream up! The ice cream will start to melt fairly quickly, so pass out the spoons and dig in!