A quintessential soda fountain concoction, the banana split represents sweet excess at its best. The two sauces can be made ahead: The fudge sauce can be refrigerated for up to a week and gently reheated before use; the caramel sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • For Fudge Sauce:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • For Caramel Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 4 scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks and chilled
  • 4 maraschino cherries, drained


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.


In the top pan of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over (not touching) simmering water in a pan, combine the chocolate and butter and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the cream just until incorporated. Remove the pan from the heat, cover to keep warm and set aside.


In a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the heavy cream and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the butter, reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick and caramellike, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover to keep warm and set aside.

Peel the bananas and cut in half lengthwise. Lay each banana in an individual oval dish, cut side up. Arrange 1 scoop each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream on each banana. Drizzle a little warm fudge sauce over the chocolate and strawberry ice cream and a little warm caramel sauce over the top of the vanilla ice cream. Top with a mound of the whipped cream, and then sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Finally, crown with a maraschino cherry and serve immediately. Serve the remaining fudge and caramel sauces on the side.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2411

nutrition information per serving

1341 calories; 90g total fat; 252mg cholesterol; 204mg sodium; 133g carbohydrates; 6g fiber; 16g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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