Happy Birthday (Maybe) to the Ice Cream Sundae

20090403-sundae.jpgOn April 3, 1892, the ice cream sundae was born at the Platt & Colt Pharmacy in Ithaca, New York. Or was it born in 1881 at Ed Berners' Ice Cream Parlor in Two Rivers, Wisconsin?

What's Cooking America shares some history behind the "Sundae Wars" between these two cities who claim to be the birthplace of the sundae. Ithaca appears to have the most written documentation to back up its claim as the sundae's birthplace, including the oldest record of an ice cream sundae in the form of an ad placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal on October 5, 1892. There's even disagreement about the origins of the word "sundae," the most popular explanation being that it was changed from "Sunday" to be less offensive to religious people.

No matter who invented it, I think we can all agree how to celebrate it. Break out the tall glasses, vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate fudge, nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries! [via Wired]

Sugar Rush: Fairway Cafe's Hot Fudge Sundae
Baking with Dorie: End-of-Summer Sundae
Serious Heat: Hot Brownie Sundae
The Scoop: Good Cherries Don't Come Cheap