Electrolux #splits: Creative Banana Split
Hey guys, Foodbuzz is hosting a posting challenge and Top 9 Takeover (theme: banana splits) to help raise money for a great cause - the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund! Here is some more information:
As you may know, Foodbuzz helped Electrolux and Kelly Ripa raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by sending two Foodbuzz Featured Publishers to New York and giving them an opportunity to make banana splits with their kids.
And now we’d like to invite you to join the fun!
To help spread the word and raise money for the OCRF, Foodbuzz is sponsoring a posting challenge and Top 9 takeover! In a Top 9 Takeover, Foodbuzz asks all Featured Publishers to construct a post around a theme, and then for one day only, all Top 9 posts reflect that theme!
For this Electrolux Splits Top 9 Takeover, we want you to create the ultimate Banana Split and post it on your blog. Foodbuzz will also donate $50 for every Banana Splits post by a Featured Publisher* created & uploaded to Foodbuzz before 12PM PST on Friday, July 16th.
Awesome! I was definitely up for the challenge! It sounded like fun anyway, but a chance to help raise money for cancer research?! I’m there!
Check out the banana split I made:
According to Wikipedia
- “A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its classic form it is served in a long dish called a boat.
- A banana is cut in half lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the dish.
- There are many variations, but the classic banana split is made with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana.
- Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and strawberry topping over the chocolate.
- It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.”
Well, I didn’t have all those ingredients on hand, so I had to improvise! Here’s my step-by-step process to making an awesome banana split just by using what you have on hand!
I added one scoop of strawberry ice cream to the bowl, and two scoops of peach ice cream since that’s what we had on hand. The peach ice cream was to take the place of the vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream.
Yeah, that’s right – I said chocolate ice cream! To make the peach ice cream look like chocolate ice cream, I just spread some peanut butter on top of it:
Pretty cool idea, right?! I think it could pass for chocolate ice cream!
Since we didn’t have whipped cream, I cut up a large marshmallow into thin slices to kind of simulate whipped cream – both in color (white) and texture (light and airy):
The poor strawberry ice cream was starting to melt at this point! D’oh! I was almost done, though, so that was good news!
However, when I tried to melt some chocolate chips to make chocolate syrup, it wouldn’t work for some reason! I thought that was really weird, especially since I’ve done it before and had no problems with it! Anyway, since that wasn’t working I decided to just add a few chocolate chips to the vanilla (peach) ice cream. And I added some diced strawberries to the chocolate (peanut butter) ice cream and some chopped pineapple to the strawberry ice cream:
Oh no, now the other two scoops of ice cream were melting as well! Boo!
Oh well, I forged ahead!
I broke some cashews into smaller pieces and sprinkled them on top of everything:
And then I broke some pretzels into tiny pieces and added those as well:
And then I topped each marshmallow with a cherry:
And voila, an awesome banana split! Too bad the ice cream kind of melted a bit, otherwise I think it would look perfect! But it’s okay, I had a lot of fun making it! Because I didn’t have a few ingredients on hand, I had to improvise, which was awesome because my creative juices were flowing! So all in all, I’m very happy with how it turned out!
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