There are so many banana split toppings you can try that go beyond the standard ones. Start with your bananas and ice cream, then go crazy with whatever strikes your fancy. I love the idea of a banana split toppings bar at a birthday party. What could be more fun than letting everyone create their own dessert masterpiece? If you need some inspiration, use these ideas to get started and see where your imagination takes you.
1. Fresh Fruit
Instead of the canned or jarred pineapple and strawberry that is so standard on a banana split, consider using the real deal. Try diced berries, mango, kiwi, apples, pears or oranges. Whatever you’d pair with a banana in a smoothie or fruit salad is sure to be on the peak of your banana split toppings list. Mix and match your favorites for new combinations all the time.
2. Marshmallow Cream
For my kids, nothing beats a huge scoop of marshmallow crème on an ice cream sundae. Use it instead of whipped cream on your next banana split and you’ll see just what I’m talking about. It also makes for a fun presentation when you put it on chocolate or strawberry ice cream.
3. Crushed Cookies
Nothing goes better with ice cream than cookies, so crush up a couple of your favorites and sprinkle the crumbs all over your banana split. The flavor of the cookies works well with so many of the other toppings you can choose from and you can even mix together several kinds of cookies for a totally unique topping.
4. Chocolate Chips
Instead of hot fudge, think about getting your chocolate fix from a handful of chocolate chips. The mini sized ones are absolutely perfect for a banana split and you don’t even need a ton of them to satisfy your craving. Peanut butter and butterscotch chips are equally as delicious so try one or pile them all on.
5. Candy Bars
You can get soft serve whirled with candy bar chunks so why not crumble them over a banana split? I’ve found that it’s easiest to cut up a candy bar if it’s been slightly softened so the knife slides through easier. Go for Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Butterfinger or any other bar that you love. It makes my mouth water. What about yours?
For a tropical flavor on your banana split, how about some coconut. You can find flaked coconut on the baking aisle of your grocery store. That makes it totally easy to sprinkle it on with your other toppings. It tastes great with nuts, fresh fruit (especially mango and kiwi) and whipped cream. Delicious!
I’m not talking about garlic salt or anything like that. However, you can sprinkle some spices you use in desserts for a totally delicious and unique flavor. Try cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. Just a dash will do. You’ll be surprised at how much flavor you get with just a tiny bit.
Don’t you just love a banana split in the summertime? When the bananas are ripe and the weather gets hot, you’ll loving have this cold and sweet treat out on the back deck. I like to keep the makings for a banana split on hand all the time, just in case the mood strikes. What’s your favorite topping? Do you have any other suggestions to add?