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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the Waring’s Pennsylvanians. I know July is National Ice Cream Month designated by Ronald Reagan in 1984, but June is Dairy Month, the month that the most ice cream is produced, so it’s OK to write about it in June. One dairy cow can produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream!!

Even though Ben & Jerry’s make 46 flavors of ice cream, vanilla remains the popular flavor with chocolate coming in a distant second. Farmers in Vermont used to feed leftovers by Ben & Jerry to their hogs. The hogs didn’t seem to care for Mint Oreo Cookie. Maybe should try a taste test with the 4-H fair pigs.

Ninety percent of American households eat ice cream on an average of 20 quarts a year. That’s enough ice cream to fill up five gallons of milk. Sunday is the most popular day of the week that people eat ice cream….thus, Sunday/sundae.

The cone appeared at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, when the ice cream vendor ran out of cups and the waffle vendor rolled up a waffle to put the ice cream into.

Did you know it takes 50 licks to finish one scoop of ice cream…try it. And then if you eat it too fast, you can get the dreaded “brain freeze”, which is triggered when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth, causing blood vessels in the head to dilate.

Sad to say ice cream has come full circle. It was once considered very healthy but today some people seem to eat ice cream that they feel is safer, which has not only lost its cream, but is made entirely of nondairy products…that is…ingredients that never passed through a cow. Actually, it might be more healthful to eat real ice cream in moderation and enjoy a long walk afterwards.

So, that said, enjoy this Banana Split Dessert recipe and yes, take that looong walk afterwards!!

Banana Split Dessert

2 or 3 bananas

½ cup butter

½ gallon neopolitan or vanilla ice cream

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 ½ cup evaporated milk

1 cup chocolate chips

1 pint whipping cream

graham cracker crumbs

Cover bottom of 11x15 inch pan or a 9x13 works too with a graham cracker crust…reserving 1 cup crumbs. Slice bananas crosswise and layer over crust. Slice ice cream in ½ inch thick slices and place over bananas. Sprinkle ice cream with 1 cup chopped walnuts. Freeze until firm. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and ½ cup butter; add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 ½ cup evaporated milk. Cook mixture until thick and smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Cool chocolate mixture, then pour over ice cream; freeze until firm. Whip cream until stiff; spread over chocolate layer and top with reserved crumbs. Store in freezer; remove about 10 minutes before serving. Will keep for several weeks. Makes about 25 servings in 11x15 pan.

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