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Banana Split Dazzler

February 28, 2013

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but if there is one guarantee in life for me, it’s that I can’t live without ice cream.  It’s definitely one of those things that I just can’t say no to.  It could be 100 degrees outside or 40 degrees or 17 degrees – as it once was in Brooklyn – and I could enjoy ice cream.  It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold outside, it just matters that there’s ice cream and what the ice cream tastes like.  Ok, so I’m a little crazy like that.  But, can you blame a girl?  Let’s just re-cap some of the ice cream adventures I’ve taken you on since I started my blog.  There was Even Better than Ice Cream!  which ok, wasn’t about ice cream, but about gelato, which actually is better than ice cream, but for the purposes of this particular blog post, we’ll just call it from the same family so that I can say it was an ice cream post.  Then there was the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which was where I had ice cream when it was 17 degrees out and thought it was fabulous!  Oh wait, there was RockSugar which has one of my all-time favorite desserts, the banana custard cake, which isn’t actually an ice cream dish, but comes with a couple of scoops of the restaurant’s homemade milk chocolate ice cream served alongside the most delicious banana custard cake.  So, technically, there’s ice cream in the desert.  Ooooooh, there was the Messy Sundae at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, which was just messy, and gooey, but oh, so good!  Ice cream, hot fudge, and lots of whip cream, um, yes please!  What about Serenedipity III?  That’s a classic.  Ok, so maybe they are known for the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, but I thought their outrageous banana split was pretty darn good too.  Whole almonds on the banana split, not those crushed up nuts!  You certainly wouldn’t think “ice cream” when you thought of a bar-b-que place, but my husband does when we go to Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que because he loves their Snicker’s ice cream pie.  That’s so good.  Or, what about the classic San Francisco favorite, Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.  You can’t beat a classic flavor such as Ghiradelli, it’s a San Francisco institution.  Oh my gosh, one of my all time favorites, the warm chocolate caramel banana cake at the Sheerwater at Hotel del Coronado.  Oh, that was a real winner with the chocolate cake and the cold creamy vanilla ice cream.  This isn’t even the half of it, there’s Pinkberry, and the French Silk Pie ice cream at the Y Store, or the home-made dark chocolate and peanut butter ice cream my sister- and brother-in-made, or what about the out-of-this-world deconstructed banana split that I got at the Society Cafe in Las Vegas, or IJScuypje in Amsterdam, or Nobel Ice Cream in Stockholm, or that delicious banana split ice cream in Helsinki, and Nordic Water Peace in Copenhagen at Ben & Jerry’s.  I told you, I’m a conneusier of ice cream from all over the world.  There was the unique ginger sorbet and Hawaiian vintage chocolate ice cream for the Chocolate Root Beer Float at Delmonico’s, or recently the molten chocolate cake with home-made vanilla bean gelato from Pici Enoteca, or profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream from Tarbell’s in Phoenix, or the simple and sweet tuilp at the California Yacht Club, and of course, who can forget Sprinkles Ice Cream.  I think it’s safe to say that I love my ice cream, and I’ve had a fair bit of it.

downtown disney

Wait, so what was this post all about?  Oh yes, sorry, I got so caught up on reliving all of my past ice cream fantasies.  A few months ago, my husband and I discovered another ice cream favorite, and this one is a good one.  Perhaps it’s from an unlikely source, but may be not when you think of what’s there.  Sometimes during the weekends, when my husband and I are bored, and we want to go out and have some fun without breaking the bank, we make the 10 minute drive from our place to Downtown Disney in Anaheim.  One of the perks of living so close to Anaheim.  If we time it right, we can be there to watch the nightly fireworks show at Disneyland!  It’s a great place to go and people watch, do a little shopping, and take in plenty of free entertainment.  One of nice things about Downtown Disney is that there are plenty of dining options for those who come, everything from high-end upscale table service restaurants, to express take away food that you can munch on while you stroll.  And of course, there’s plenty of places that serve dessert to finish the night off on a sugar high.

hagan daaz store

While we’ve been to Downtown Disney many times, it was only recently that we decided to try the Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop located in the heart of Downtown Disney.  I think we’d always dismissed the Haagen-Dazs as a chain ice cream shop that we could try at any place at any time.  Because of that, we tended to grab food at places that were more unique to Downtown Disney.  However, one night, after having watched the fireworks and about to call it a night and go home, we walked past the Haagen-Dazs and both looked at each other and decided to give it a try since we were both feeling like having some ice cream.

hagan daaz store

The Haagen-Dazs shop actually had quite an extensive menu and an array of options that kind of left us overwhelmed at what we should order.  The way the shop is set up is that you step up to the cashiers and order whatever you desire, from ice creams to sundaes, to smoothies to coffee drinks, then your order is custom-made for you at the ice cream counter while you wait.  When it’s ready, your name is called, and you’ve got your hands on the dessert of your choice.  As I said, your choices are limitless, there’s various flavors of ice cream, and there are toppings galore, you can get fresh-made waffle cones, and chocolate dipped and sprinkle covered waffle cones, but there’s also fruit smoothies, ice cream shakes, frozen coffee treats and various sundaes.

banana split

After looking through the choices, my husband and I ordered a banana split dazzler.  We really had no idea what we were ordering, other than it was ice cream and it said banana split, which is a treat we both love.  What we got when our name was called was something amazing and delicious.  It was like a self-contained banana split in a large cup that was easy to share and enjoy.  The dazzler is described as 3 three scoops of vanilla ice cream (though you could substitute the vanilla with an ice cream flavor of your choice), hot fudge, sliced banana, strawberries and pineapples, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.  This treat really did dazzle and was the perfect night cap for us.  It is much easier to eat than a banana spit which can get messy as you try to cut into the banana and is not really convenient to take to-go.  This cup of goodness is the perfect to-go ice cream treat that you can walk around with.  It’s full of flavor with the strawberries and the pineapples and of course the sliced strawberries.  And they really did pack it with fruit, which is good, since we were afraid they would skimp on the fruit.  It tasted exactly like a banana split in each individual spoonful of ice cream treat.  We loved this treat so much that the next time we found ourselves at Downtown Disney, you can bet that we stopped by Haagen-Dazs again to have some more Banana Split Dazzler.  It looks like I might have found my new favorite local ice cream dessert!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 1, 2013 4:11 pm

    Yes…I would definitely say you enjoy your ice cream after this reminder of where you have enjoyed it.

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