Banana Splits for Lunch (and a Giveaway)

I’m a bad mom.

I realized a few weeks ago that my sons had never enjoyed a delicious banana split. I mentioned something about a banana split, and they looked at me like I had horns coming out of my head.

“A what?”

“What do you mean ‘a what?’ A BANANA SPLIT.”

Lots of blinking.

And so I decided to remedy the situation by making them banana splits for lunch. Because summer. Because memories. Because Hershey’s sent me four bottles of syrup to give a whirl.

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

Because I wanted a banana split for lunch myself. And then I realized, huh, I’ve never made a banana split before. Well I’ll be.

It’s easy.

Peel a banana. Duh.

Cut it in half, and halve those pieces. Place them in a fancy pants bowl.

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

Add ice cream. We like vanilla. Well, BigBrother probably would have preferred chocolate but this is my banana split dream here, so there you have it. Vanilla ice cream.


Top with Hershey’s Syrup in Milk Chocolate or Special Dark, Caramel, and Strawberry.

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

Of note that I chose the Hershey’s Special Dark Syrup for my chocolate fix on the banana split. Dark chocolate is my chocolate. Also of note: BigBrother originally didn’t want the Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup. He choked on a strawberry when he was two and remains adamant that he does. not. like. strawberries. Update: He likes the Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup.

Whipped cream to top!

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

My banana split also featured peanuts on top of the whipped cream, because duh.

And enjoy.

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

Hey Let's Eat Banana Splits for Lunch

The boys thought this banana split for lunch thing was the best thing that had ever happened in the history of all things, or at the very least, in the history of all lunches. And, really, I can’t argue. We sat at the table, ate our splits, and slurped up the syrupy goodness at the bottom of our fancy pants bowls, happy smiles spread across our messy faces.

I’ll always remember the day I made banana splits for lunch.

Now I want to know what your favorite sundae option is: Do you go banana split or are you just a chocolate lover? Let me know in the comments for your chance to win. The giveaway will include four bottles of Hershey’s Syrup, one of each flavor—Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Strawberry and Special Dark— along with one ice cream scooper, six sundae bowls and 20 party spoons. Comments are open through Friday, August 11, 2014.


*This post is sponsored by Hershey’s. All ideas and images are my own. Be sure to visit for more dessert and syrup inspiration.



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26 Replies to “Banana Splits for Lunch (and a Giveaway)”

  1. When I do banana splits, I do them with pineapple and strawberries and chocolate sauce on vanilla ice cream.
    But my preferred ice cream treat is an Oreo cookie blast/concrete/blizzard. Yum.

  2. Not a banana split person, but you are the coolest mom ever for making them for lunch. I prefer my ice cream sundaes with whipped cream, chocolate syrup (duh), M&Ms, and a cherry on top.

  3. We love sundaes made with brownies, vanilla ice cream and some form of chocolate sauce/hot fudge. If we have bananas in the house we will throw those in as well. We really use any excuse to eat ice cream.

  4. My former neighbor’s recipe for homemade chocolate sauce, my mother’s recipe for homemade marshmallow sauce, my adult son’s (unspeakably delicious) recipe for salted caramel sauce, (with or without a splash of Kahlua or Bailey’s depending on age and personal preference of the consumer) plus chocolate “jimmies”, chopped nuts and/or pastel-colored sprinkles atop coffee or vanilla ice cream on Easter Sunday for our traditional “Make Your Own Easter Sundaes”. Talk about a whole lot of memories wrapped up in plenty of delicious!

    I’ll be adding sliced bananas to the mix next time because I’m pretty sure our grandkids have not experienced banana splits yet either. And I LOVE that you made yours into a meal! Since I am a firm believer that chocolate is a vegetable (It comes from beans. They grown on trees. I rest my case!) I’d even argue that you had a pretty well-balanced meal, at that :-)

    Well done, Mama Jenna!

  5. I love chocolate and caramel over vanilla or chocolate ice cream with whipped cream. Maybe some sprinkles. Sundaes for lunch sounds like a wonderful idea!

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever had a proper banana split, but I don’t know why. It is right up my alley! Our normal sundae is a brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and syrup. Lately I’ve done a chocolate/caramel combo. Delish!

  7. I like banana splits but it has been a long time since I’ve had one. No time to waste! I need to try the dark chocolate syrup sometime as well????

  8. I love my sundaes simple- vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry (or several cherries!!)

    I didn’t even know Hershey’s had a dark chocolate syrup! I LOVE dark chocolate! I need to try that!

  9. I want vanilla ice cream with peanut butter topping and cashews … yum! The other 2 humans in the house want banana splits … DQ style :)

  10. MMMM. Ice cream is my favorite food, especially home made chocolate! YUMMY! Anyway, at home the most I make is a Milk shake or bowls of ice cream with candy on top, but when we go to say a Dairy Queen”, or a “Brusters” or a “fancy” ice cream shop, I like getting their version of an oreo Blizzard in Chocolate Ice Cream if I can. I like to have a banana split on occasion, I’m okay chaging up on my ice cream order just to get a different glimpse of yumminess (is that a word?) Thank you!

  11. I don’t do bananas but the rest of my family does. I love sundaes. That dark chocolate looks heavenly. I can’t believe I haven’t tried it! I’d probably load up on all the flavors. We usually get vanilla ice cream and cover it in chocolate of some sort. Hershey’s syrup or hot fudge.

  12. Love Banana Splits! We use banana boats so that we can place the banana’s along the sides. Traditional is the route we take with one scoop vanilla, one scoop chocolate, and one scoop strawberry ice cream. Toppings consist of pineapple, HERSHEYS’s Chocolate Syrup, and HERSHEY’s Strawberry Syrup. Finally whipped cream and maraschino cherry’s on top. No nuts due to allergy issues within the homestead. These disappear so quickly when made. Darn it. Now I need to take a longer lunch and head home to make myself a treat!!!!

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