The Longest Split

Wilmington, OH celebrates their banana split claim with a festival.

This past summer, I found three towns battling for the right to claim theirs as the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Wouldn’t you know it; a similar controversy is swirling around the banana split. Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Ohio assert that the ice cream treat was invented in their towns. Each provides compelling evidence, but there is no clear winner. I guess this one comes down to a “split” decision.

While uncomplicated, the banana split delivers big on taste.

I’ll abandon bad puns for the remainder of this blog and move on to an incontrovertible achievement; the longest banana split. The record goes to a town 3 hours 30 minutes east of Latrobe. Selinsgrove, PA created their 4.55-mile long banana split with 33,000 bananas, 2,500 gallons of ice cream, 600 pounds of nuts and other toppings on April 30, 1988. When it comes to banana splits, Selinsgove is unquestionably the top banana. My apologies. I had one more bad pun left in me.

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