Photography-Dessert-Banana Split-Food-SwittersBThe Banana Split, and its variations, is credited with its beginnings in a soda fountain in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1904 when an apprentice pharmacist named David Strickler concocted the Banana Split for young people to boost business. A whopping 10 cents was charged for the dessert. In short order the popularity of the dish spread. 

Charles Rudolph Walgreen, who operated pharmacies in Chicago, adopted the dish as a centerpiece for Walgreen pharmacy soda fountains and the dessert became even more popular.