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The Sordid History Of The Banana Split And 6 Yummy Recipes

It's National Banana Split Day, and we are psyched to celebrate our favorite classic dessert! Here's everything you'll ever want to know about this fruity, ice creamy treat:

The banana split is yet another dessert whose roots are embroiled in controversy. (Why are there so many?) Wilmington, Ohio, for example, claims to be the home of the first banana split, created by E.R. Hazard in 1907, according to NPR.

Sorry, Ohio, but there's a little problem with this. The majority of sundae experts (apparently this is a real thing and we missed our calling) agree that the banana split was actually invented in 1904 by pharmacy clerk David Strickler in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Both towns continue to celebrate the dessert, although the (mostly friendly) rivalry continues year in and year out. Really though, we're thankful to both outstanding towns for giving us such a tasty dessert.

Want to celebrate today? Try one of these super-tasty banana split-inspired recipes:

1. All-American Banana Split

Of course, you can't go wrong with this classic dessert! Here's how to make the ultimate awesome banana split.

2. Banana Split Cheesecake

Why not combine two of your favorite desserts for the ultimate tasty treat?

3. Banana Split Cocktail

This cocktail tastes exactly like a boozy banana split -- you'll be surprised!

4. Banana Split Milkshake

For something a little more family-friendly, go ahead and make this decadent milkshake. Of course, if you want to adultify it, you can always add a splash of your favorite booze -- banana vodka, whipped cream vodka, Bailey's and/or Kahlua would all be awesome.

5. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Everything tastes better in cake form. Plus, it doesn't get any easier than this no-bake dessert, featuring a graham cracker crust, cream cheese mousse and layers of bananas and your favorite fruits.

6. Banana Split Pudding

The major downside of a banana split is that you can't really prepare it ahead of time. Problem solved -- make pudding instead.