The banana split was invented in 1904 by David Strickler, a young pharmacist’s apprentice who worked at Tassel Pharmacy, formerly located on 805 Ligonier Street. Strickler was tasked with inventing a new ice cream dessert that would attract students from the nearby Saint Vincent College.
Strickler charged ten cents for his new creation, which he called the banana split. Three scoops of ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry), topped with pineapple, chocolate, and strawberry syrup, along with chopped nuts, three peaks of whipped cream, and a single cherry. The popularity of the dessert exploded, and in the following years, Strickler acquired the drugstore and renamed it Strickler’s Pharmacy.