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Birthplace of the Banana Split


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





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