Ice Cream Sundae

If you were going to think of the "big three" ways of ordering ice cream at your local ice cream parlor, they would almost always include the ice cream cone, the banana split and the ice cream sundae. The sundae has been a favorite for such a long time that there are variations on the story of its creation and myths of how long it has been along. But when you consider that an ice cream sundae is really little more than a scoop of your favorite ice cream with two or three of your favorite toppings on it, people had probably been making ice cream sundaes for centuries before someone put a name on it to make the recipe popular.

The original ice cream sundae is the basic variation that has not changed over the decades. That recipe called for a scoop or two of ice cream topped with nuts, whipped cream and a cherry. Since the beginning of the treat, lots of variations have been added including adding chocolate or caramel syrup, strawberries, chocolate chips or butterscotch. The varieties of ways you can have a sundae prepared can mean you might never have to have the same sundae twice. But for most of us, we have our favorite blend and we stick with it because the familiarity of those delicious flavors together is what makes an ice cream sundae so great.

The lore of how we got the ice cream sundae is a fun as the treat itself. The say that the desert was invented in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and it was named because it was an ice cream treat that was deemed acceptable to serve on Sunday. According to the lore of the history of the sundae, ice cream sodas were considered too "sinful" to prepare on the day of rest but the sundae was the perfect refreshing treat to have on a Sunday afternoon.

The spelling of the word "sundae" has its own background story as well. One theory is that the word was changed to honor a glass dishes salesman who donated canoe shaped glass bowls to the city of Two Rivers to be used exclusively for this treat. The y in Sunday was changed to an e to make the word look like the word "canoe" as a tribute to that gift. Another theory is that the word was changed to make sure you knew that when you listed ice cream sundae on your advertisements, you were talking about the desert and not the day, "Sunday".

Its fun to know some lore and stories about the history of your favorite ice cream treat. The stories can make good table talk the next time you go to the ice cream parlor and order a sundae. But whether you know the stories or not, you can certainly enjoy this traditional ice cream treat any day of the week and come back for more the next day, even on Sunday if you want to.