Celebrate National Banana Split Day in Phoenix, AZ

August 10 is National Banana Split Day. Invented in 1904 in Philadelphia, this classic American desert consists of a banana, split lengthwise, with one scoop of each, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream between its slices. As a cold desert, it is fitting for the hot Phoenix summers. To celebrate it, make it at home, or go out and enjoy it in one of the ice cream parlors in the Valley.

Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant

Opened in 1958, and still standing, the old-fashioned Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor in Old Scottsdale is a local favorite. With no less than four different banana splits to choose from, anyone can find one for their liking. Coffee lovers will enjoy the "Gosh-Awful Gooey Banana Split", featuring Turkish coffee ice cream, caramel sauce, raspberry sorbet in the middle of the traditional split banana. The "Sugar Bowl Treat" banana split adds Dutch chocolate ice cream and pineapple topping, the "Desire-Me Split" adds fresh strawberries and chocolate marshmallow sauce to the original. If you just want to mix and match and create your own, order the "Do-it-Yourself Banana Split".

Mary Coyle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Another great choice for a classic banana split is Mary Coyle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Phoenix. Famous for its home-made ice cream treats, the banana split here is one of the tastiest in the Valley. Made with the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream and fresh bananas, with pineapple, fudge and strawberry topping.


For a twist on the classic banana split, Churn in downtown Phoenix created the "Fat Elvis Sundae", with fresh banana slices, PB ice cream, salted caramel, whipped cream and chocolate rocks. They make the ice cream on site, with all natural ingredients and it is one of the best in Phoenix.

Sweet Republic

For an award-winning, hand-crafted ice cream stop at Sweet Republic, in Scottsdale. Featured in a few national magazines, this ice cream shop is known for using fresh local ingredients and original recipes. Like Churn, they have their own version of a banana split, and they call it "Toffee Banofi." It features fresh bananas, two scoops of Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream, salted caramel sauce and whipped cream, served in a waffle bowl.


For a more classic banana split, stop at Culver's. They make this desert with three scoops of their signature vanilla custard, nestled in the middle of the split banana, topped with fresh strawberry, hot caramel and hot fudge, whole salted pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top. To find one near you, go to their home page, and enter your zip code in their location search to find the one nearest you.

Cold Stone Creamery

Though served in a bowl, the banana split at Cold Stone is one of the most delicious choices. It features the classic split banana, sweet cream ice cream, almonds, strawberries, whipped topping and fudge. To find a location near you, enter your zip code in the search box on their home page.

Baskin Robbins

For a truly traditional banana split, you can't go wrong with Baskin Robbins. This location is central, but you can find closer if you just click on Find a Shop on their homepage. Their version features the split banana with a scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, your choice of toppings, chopped almonds, whipped cream and cherries on top.

Dairy Queen

Last, but not least, Dairy Queen won't let you down if you choose to celebrate your Banana Split Day there. Their Banana Split Royal Treat is simple, yet delicious. The traditional DQ soft serve vanilla ice cream is nestled between the banana slices, topped with strawberry, pineapple, chocolate and whipped topping. If you are not in the vicinity of this location, just enter your zip code in the search box on their page.

With so many choices to enjoy a great banana split, from old fashioned ice cream parlors to the simple DQ, there is something for everyone. Find a favorite, and celebrate National Banana Split Day.

Emese Fromm is a Phoenix-based freelance writer and translator. Besides Parachute, her work has also appeared in a few other travel publications, children's and knitting magazines.