Sundaes – Boy They Taste Good! Who Invented Sundaes? Who Knows, But Boy Do They Taste Good Among the many stories about the invention of the sundae, a frequent theme is that the dish arose in contravention to so-called blue laws against Sunday consumption of either ice cream desserts or ice cream soda. The religious laws are said to have inspired druggists to produce a substitute for these popular treats for consumption on Sunday. According to one story, the spelling changed when a glass salesman ordered canoe-shaped dishes and another is that the spelling was changed to sundae to avoid offending religious conventions. Various American localities including Two Rivers, Plainfield, Evanston, New Orleans, Louisiana; Ithaca, Cleveland, and Buffalo have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Two Rivers’ claim is based on the story of George Hallauer asking Edward C Berners, the owner of Berners’ Soda Fountain, to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881. Berners eventually did and wound up selling the treat for a nickel on Sundays, but later every day. When Berners died in 1939, the Chicago Tribune headlined his obituary “Man Who Made First Ice Cream Sundae Is Dead.” New York on the other hand, provides an account of how the sundae came to be: On Sunday, April 3, 1892 in Ithaca, John M. Scott, a Unitarian Church minister, and Chester Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented. Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish “Cherry Sunday” in honor of the day it was created. Who knows who really invented the sundae, but boy do they taste good! The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with a flavored sauce or syrup, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. The classic sundae is traditionally served in a tulip-shaped, footed glass vase. Due to the long association between the shape of the glass and this ice cream dessert, this style of serving dish is generally now known as a sundae glass. Sliced or chopped fruit that has been pre-sugared and let to sit for an hour or more to form a sweet syrup may be substituted for the flavored sauce or syrup of the classic sundae. Fresh fruit sundaes include named variations such as the strawberry, peach, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and mixed fruit sundae. The hot fudge sundae is another variation on the classic sundae and is often a creation of vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, hot chocolate sauce (hence the “hot fudge”), whipped cream, nuts, and a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top. A hot fudge sundae can be made with any flavor of ice cream. The double fudge sundae is like a regular hot fudge sundae, except that it is twice as big and is served in a glass banana split dish or boat. It is made from the same ingredients as a regular hot fudge sundae, but also includes extra fudge, as well as whipped cream, optional nuts or sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry on top. Yummie! The popular combination of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and hot caramel sauces, and toasted pecans is known as a turtle sundae. The name derives from a popular candy called a turtle,
which consists of pecans covered with caramel and then dipped in chocolate. The classic banana split consists of strawberry ice cream topped with chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream topped with crushed pineapple, and vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry syrup. Or how about a ice cream dessert or sundae served in a tall glass filled with layers of ice cream, gelatine, and flavorings such as syrups, whipped cream, granola, fresh fruit, and/or liqueurs. Whatever the combination enjoying a sundae on a hot summer afternoon is a treat not to be missed.
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