Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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A split is a horizontally arranged variation on a sundae, classically including a banana, though variations including tropical fruits such as mango or pineapple are increasingly popular.
The classic banana split includes three scoops of ice cream in the center of a dish, bounded on both long sides with a banana sliced lengthways. Each scoop is topped with chocolate or fruit sauces, and the whole is decorated with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and cherries. Variations such as a banana-boat split may include sponge cake at the bottom of the dish.