I Scream, You Scream For The Banana Split Frappuccino! (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

What is cold and creamy, has an entire banana, is topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle, and is sipped through a green straw?

The new, the summery, the only-officially-available-in-Asia Banana Split Frappuccino from Starbucks.

In select Asian stores, the dessert-meets-beverage comes to life with a blended base of Mocha Frappuccino and banana puree, according to Brand Eating. The mixture is nestled between a bottom layer of strawberry whipped cream and a top layer of vanilla whipped cream, a sweet chocolate drizzle and crunchy waffle cone pieces.

If you can’t make it across the Pacific, there’s still a way to get your trendy frappuccino fix, although the U.S. version is a bit different. Available only on the secret menu, the fancy frap’s Strawberry and Creme Frappuccino base is amplified by a whole banana, vanilla bean powder and java chips and finished with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle (and caramel if you really want that sundae sweetness). If your barista isn’t familiar with the drink, just read off that list of ingredients with a grateful smile.

Neither version appears to be garnished with a cherry and chopped nuts, but Starbucks can be applauded for effort, considering banana split lovers won’t have to go to an old-school ice cream parlor to enjoy the flavor of the classic sundae — and the drinkable dessert will probably be more of a hit than the infamous banana split Oreos.

Starbucks’ recent creativity in Asia doesn’t stop at Banana Split Frappuccinos. The company has also introduced an Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino. The drink is like coffee times 100 and, apart from having a mouthful of a title, features layers of coffee Frappuccino, coffee pudding, espresso whipped cream and espresso powder.

There’s more! In the new Matcha Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino, the bottom of the famous Starbucks cup is covered by fragrant Earl Grey jelly and whipped cream. On top goes Green Tea Frappuccino and Earl Grey syrup, followed by yet more whipped cream and matcha green tea powder.

Whichever drink you try first, Starbucks recommends enjoying it with a cookie straw. That might be a good idea for, you know, research.

Longing for the banana split drink to become official in the U.S.? If you order it — and Instagram it — enough, there may be hope.

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Sodanie Chea/Flickr, Brand Eating

Tags: Banana Split, frappuccino, New, Starbucks
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Watch As This Man Dissects A Banana And Creates A Banana Split (Video)


By Cooking Panda

August 25 was National Banana Split Day. How did you celebrate? Probably the regular way: a scoop of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream on top of a split banana. Add some whip cream, sprinkles, peanuts and a cherry on top, and there you have it!

Well, if you’ve heard of the Food Surgeon, you’ll already know that someone else celebrated a little differently. Although he chooses to stay anonymous, the Food Surgeon has exploded on YouTube and social media for his crazy food inventions, and the way he creates them.

Using no background music, so that you can hear the actual sounds of the “surgeries,” the Surgeon creates treats such as the “Reese’s Peanut-Butter-Ectomy with Oreo Cream Transplant,” and the “Surgical Nutty Bar Enhancement,” where he separates the layers of three Nutty Bars, then uses a flame torch to melt them together into one large bar.

Well, he’s also conducted an operation on a banana split sundae, and if you’re interested, you can take a look at the procedure below.

I don’t know about you, but as interesting as this is, I think I prefer the old fashioned, sloppy way of enjoying a banana split. Also this feels a tad creepy to me. Maybe it’s because I’m more of a chaotic mess type of person.

According to an interview Yahoo News conducted with the Surgeon, his videos became a hit in only a few days after they were released. The Food Surgeon believes it’s either because of “the careful cuts, camera angles, and sounds” or that some find the videos to be “dark and Dexter-esque.” Either way, he says he’s happy to keep his subscribers “hungry and happily disturbed.”

I’ll admit I’m one of the disturbed viewers, but maybe audience members who value precision finally have a food show to appreciate. If you haven’t celebrated your National Banana Split day yet, it’s better late than never. Try the sloppy traditional approach, or even try the Food Surgeon’s meticulous approach. Whichever way you do it, it’s bound to taste terrific.

Sources: The Food Surgeon, Yahoo NewsThe Food Surgeon/YouTube / Photo credit: The Comfy Cow/Instagram

Tags: Banana Split, Food Surgeon, ice cream, National Banana Split Day
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The Sordid History Of The Banana Split And 6 Yummy Recipes


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It’s National Banana Split Day, and we are psyched to celebrate our favorite classic dessert! Here’s everything you’ll ever want to know about this fruity, ice creamy treat:

The banana split is yet another dessert whose roots are embroiled in controversy. (Why are there so many?) Wilmington, Ohio, for example, claims to be the home of the first banana split, created by E.R. Hazard in 1907, according to NPR.

Sorry, Ohio, but there’s a little problem with this. The majority of sundae experts (apparently this is a real thing and we missed our calling) agree that the banana split was actually invented in 1904 by pharmacy clerk David Strickler in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Both towns continue to celebrate the dessert, although the (mostly friendly) rivalry continues year in and year out. Really though, we’re thankful to both outstanding towns for giving us such a tasty dessert.

Want to celebrate today? Try one of these super-tasty banana split-inspired recipes:

1. All-American Banana Split

Of course, you can’t go wrong with this classic dessert! Here’s how to make the ultimate awesome banana split.

2. Banana Split Cheesecake

Why not combine two of your favorite desserts for the ultimate tasty treat?

3. Banana Split Cocktail

This cocktail tastes exactly like a boozy banana split — you’ll be surprised!

4. Banana Split Milkshake

For something a little more family-friendly, go ahead and make this decadent milkshake. Of course, if you want to adultify it, you can always add a splash of your favorite booze — banana vodka, whipped cream vodka, Bailey’s and/or Kahlua would all be awesome.

5. No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Everything tastes better in cake form. Plus, it doesn’t get any easier than this no-bake dessert, featuring a graham cracker crust, cream cheese mousse and layers of bananas and your favorite fruits.

6. Banana Split Pudding

The major downside of a banana split is that you can’t really prepare it ahead of time. Problem solved — make pudding instead.

Source: NPR / Featured Photo Credit: wynnlasvegas/Instagram

Tags: #NationalBananaSplitDay, Banana Split, banana split cocktail, banana split recipe, food holiday
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