In 1904 pharmacist in training, David Strickler created the first banana split at Tassel pharmacy in Latrobe Pennsylvania. The sundae featured three different ice creams, a full banana split down the center and numerous toppings. The fancy sundae even had its very own dish, a "banana boat" specially made for the pharmacy by Westmoreland Glass Co. The split came with a hefty price tag of 10 cents, double the price of other sundaes.
Latrobe is officially know as the birthplace of the banana split and hosts a festival in its honor every year on August 25th, National Banana Split Day.
Stricklers Pharmacy, previously Tassel. Photo credit Harry Frye
Lunch counter inside Stricklers Pharmacy. Photo credit Harry Frye