The Ice Cream Sundae - Its History

One of the most famous ice cream desserts would have to be the ice cream sundae. Next to the banana split, it is one of the most served ice cream desserts in the United States. A Sundae is just a bowl filled with ice cream and then topped with some type of sauce or syrup. The most common types of sundaes are chocolate caramel, butterscotch, or strawberry. Other toppings are placed on a sundae, but are not part of the orginal makeup. In fact, nuts, dairy cream, and cherries are just an addition to the wonder sundae.

A sundae is called a sundae because most local laws band Ice Cream sodas to be made on Sunday, so this treat was made to be eaten on a Sunday. It was stated that ice cream sodas were too "sinful" and the sundae is just perfect a Sunday afternoon.

The sundae is perfect because it wasn’t too indulging. It’s just one scoop of icecream with a little sweet topping. The spelling came from an old myth that a glass salesman gave Two Rivers canoe shaped bowls. To pay tribute to the bowls the e was used instead of a y. Or maybe the spelling of the sundae didn’t come from Two Rivers. It is also stated that it is spelled s-u-n-d-a-e so as not to disgrace the meaning of Sunday as a treat. Even though the sundae is easy to make, the history is hard to recall. In fact, many people are disputing where the treat came to life.

Do you know where the birthplace of the sundae is? There are various claims to this treat. One claim is that the sundae was invented in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, but they also took back their claim. It has also been claimed that the sundae was also first developed in Plainfield, Illinois, Evanston, Illinois, New York City, New Orleans, Louisiana, Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo, NewYork, and Ithaca, New York.

However the rivalry is between Ithaca and Two Rivers. In 2006 the mayor Ithaca had dozens of complaints from Two Rivers about the claim to the title. It was a reponse to Ithaca after they claimed they had proof of the sundae orginality in their town. To Ithaca it is an honor that they will fight for. Two River’s claim that the sundae formed in their town because 1881 a soda jerk poured chocolate syrip over ice cream. It was sold only on Sundays in Two Rivers.

Ithaca’s claim to fame was to be in 1891, a local pastor placed bowls of ice cream with chocolate syrup and a cherry on top just as a new treat. The sundae can go back as far was 1892, where documented advertisements for cherry sundaes were featured.

Who knows who really invented the sundae, but boy do they taste good! There are many different types of sundaes that you can purcahse all over the country. You have the classic hot fudget sundae which is the most popular type of sundae. Most of the time it is made with vanilla ice cream, but chocolate ice cream has also been a popular form. You have also heard of the carmel sundae. With a caramel sauce drizzeled on top of vanilla ice cream and usually has pecans thrown on top.

You can also find the strawberry sundae at any local store, but there are many other flavors that are offered now. You can get pineapple, marshmellow (in where a creamy sauce is poured over vanilla ice cream), blueberry, raspberry, cold chocolate, and banana and so on. There are over hundred different types of sundaes, but the most expensive sundae to be documented was sold for thousand American dollars.

It consists of five scoops of rich vanilla bean ice cream covered in edible gold leafs that are made from a rare and expensive chocolate. Then it is covered with passion fruit, oranges, golden caviar, and candied fruits. The cherries are made out of marzipan that has real gold touches. It is served in a crystal goblet and a golden spoon.

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