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How to Make a Sundae

Ice Cream SundaeLike the banana split, the ice cream sundae has some controversy about its origin, with many towns from Ithaca NY to Evanstown IL, claiming to be its birthplace.

The story I like best is that during the 1890s, when the rage was consuming ice cream sodas in chemist shops, ice cream sodas were banned on Sundays by the preachers as being too sinful. So someone came up with the sundae as a less sinful alternative.

If that was the height of sinning in the 1890s, one does have to say that those were gentler times!

It’s a bit confusing for me, because I can’t see how a sundae would be any less sinful, but maybe it’s down to the lack of fizzy bubbles. However, it must have been considered a bit naughty all right, for the odd spelling of the name is attributed to avoiding an ice cream dessert named after the Sabbath.

To make a sundae, you will need:

What to do:

  1. Take a tall glass, dribble some sauce at the bottom of it.
  2. Put in a scoop of ice cream.
  3. Add some more sauce.
  4. Add a second scoop of ice cream.
  5. Add more sauce.
  6. Top with cream and toppings.

That’s it! Find yourself a long spoon and dig in.

It’s a decadent treat for a lazy summer day!

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4 Responses to “How to Make a Sundae”

  1. June 17th, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    Anita says:

    Thanks for the interesting tidbits! That looks like a decadent sundae!

  2. June 17th, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    Zac Pruitt says:

    This yankee prefers sundaes to banana splits. One thing I really like is a warmed brownie at the bottom. Is it still a sundae? Is the term “brownie” used in Ireland?

  3. February 16th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    christine says:

    omg so good!!:)

  4. April 30th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Anu says:

    Interesting! It sure is helpful, but I would appreciate it if you could make the instructions more simplified. But besides that, it is an exceptional procedure piece.

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