The Foodbuzz team is participating in a great cause to help raise funds (and awareness) for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). They’ve set out to do this by inviting all Featured Publishers to post on one theme: Banana Splits. For each banana split post submitted by noon on Friday, July 16, Foodbuzz will donate $50 for the cause. On Monday, the daily Foodbuzz Top 9 event will feature the best banana split posts received.
I think that it’s such a good idea to use a fun theme for a rather serious matter; the goal is for greater participation, right? As someone who had a cancer scare two years ago, I can attest that nothing wipes fun away from your overall outlook more quickly than thinking you might have cancer. I was lucky. After a series of tests and a horrifying couple of weeks wondering if my life would be cut short, I was told that I didn’t have cancer.
Two years ago this month, I felt like I was given a second chance at life. It’s something I don’t take for granted because I know I’ve escaped the physical and emotional pain that many others have to endure. I salute you who power on everyday and you have my admiration and prayers. If you are reading this and would like to help raise money for OCRF, please visit the Kelly Confidential website.
I had grand ideas for this banana split post: Make my own vanilla-almond ice cream, use banana chips or fried bananas, prepare a ganache and a fruit topping. However, I’ll be heading out of town tomorrow for a cycling weekend so I couldn’t follow through on my plans. I also realized that banana splits are supposed to be easy, fun, simple. And, being around kids last week brought my attention to items in the grocery store that I haven’t noticed in a long time, namely ice cream accompaniments like chocolate syrup and the Smuckers Magic Shell. Then I thought, why not?
Looking back now, I hope that this still qualifies as a banana split. All the main components are here–the ice cream, banana, fruit, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. I also intended for the chocolate shell to completely encase the ice cream and fruit but that didn’t work. Hey, creativity is not my strongest suit, I admit it. I think that the idea, in my head, was much better than the execution. Flavor-wise, though, this was 100% a banana split!
Banana “Split” Tower
- Breyers Neapolitan Ice Cream (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry), one portion for each flavor
- 1 banana, cut crosswise
- A few fresh strawberries, sliced
- Smucker’s Magic Shell (chocolate syrup that hardens once poured)
- Whipped Cream
- Chopped Almonds
I used a round cookie cutter to shape the ice cream. After doing this for all three flavors, you might have to put the ice cream “disks” back in the freezer to harden again. Once they are ready, layer sliced bananas, sliced strawberries and one of the ice cream flavors. Repeat the process ending with the third ice cream flavor. Drizzle with the magic shell. Top with chopped almonds and whipped cream. Enjoy!