We’ll start today’s blog entry with a discussion of the question in the title of this entry: What’s your favorite ice cream sundae topping? There are so many to choose from. Hot fudge, caramel, sprinkles, peanuts, walnuts, whipped cream, the cherry on top. Those are just a few, of course. Weigh in with your opinion by leaving a comment. And no, we won’t blame you if you say “all of them.”
Finally, did you know that the origins of the ice cream sundae are shrouded in mystery? There are three popular theories about how the sundae came to be:
1. EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – The first origin story takes place in Evanston, Illinois. In 1890, many pastors felt that “sucking soda” was in poor taste, so Evanston became one of the first towns to prohibit the sale of soda water on Sunday. Not wanting to close down the shop during one of the busiest days of the week, many local soda fountain operators simply removed the soda water from their ice cream sodas and thus the sundae was born.
2. TWO RIVERS, WISCONSIN – The second story takes place around the same time in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. It was here that a customer ordered a dish of ice cream at a local soda fountain and got the crazy idea to ask for it topped with some of the syrup used to make the soda. The idea caught on and began selling once a week on “Ice Cream Sundays.” Soon, the popularity of the treat made it a seven-day-a-week treat, and the name was changed slightly to accommodate.
3. ITHACA, NEW YORK – The last story finds us in Ithaca, New York in 1893, when the Reverend John Scott walked into Platt & Colt Pharmacy on a Sunday and ordered a dish of vanilla ice cream. The owner decided to add some cherry syrup and a cherry, the Reverend loved it, and the treat was renamed after the day is was invented.