22. Ice-Cream Sundae
The ice-cream sundae is an original
American dish. Ice cream is not an original American food and chocolate syrup
is not an original American food But an American put the two together and
started the ice-cream sundae.
An ice-cream sundae is ice cream with
chocolate or other syrup over it. There are many kinds of toppings today. You
put the toppings on top of the syrup. These can be nuts, fruit, and whipped
Ice-cream sundaes started in the 1890s.
At that time people went to ice-cream parlors to eat ice cream. One day in
Wisconsin a customer went to an ice-cream parlor. He wanted chocolate syrup on
his vanilla ice cream The owner of the parlor said this was a bad idea. But the
customer insisted and finally got what he wanted. Soon many customers wanted
syrup on their ice cream. Other ice-cream parlors started to have this new
The sundae got its name from an
ice-cream parlor in another town in Wisconsin. Here the owner of an ice-cream
parlor only served the unusual ice-cream dish on Sundays. The ice-cream with
the syrup was a special order and it was more expensive. It was a Sunday
special. That is how it got the name sundae. Nobody knows why the spelling
changed from Sunday to sundae.