Banana Split – Two Spoons or One?

Banana Split - Two Spoons or One? Doodlewash and watercolor sketch of banana sundae and ice cream chocolate strawberry vanilla with whipped cream

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved banana splits. They’ve always felt to me like the king of all desserts just for the sheer size of them. Nothing more complex than a sandwich was ever made at home back then, so the only time I had one was at the local Dairy Queen. Rather than different types of ice cream, this version was just 3 lumps of soft-serve vanilla with various colored goo on top to emulate the strawberry and chocolate portions, but it was magnificent! Ridiculously high in calories, of course, but that wasn’t something you ever talked about back then.

When Philippe and I were in Paris a few years ago, he took me to one of his favorite places to have an authentic banana split. Well, I was assuming we would share one, but when I suggested it his face scrunched up and he looked at me like I had just suggested we jump naked into the Seine. I apparently assumed incorrectly that a dessert the size of a small puppy should be shared. I mean, even the names suggests you “split” it! But if I wanted to partake, I was going to have to eat my own giant ice cream and fruit dish using my own dedicated spoon. And so I did, and it was worth it!

I can’t really fault him, as sharing ice cream desserts isn’t very appetizing. There’s something about the milkiness that makes it seem somewhat unsanitary. Also, a banana split may start out looking magnificent, but its demise is a gruesome affair. What was once a beautiful piece of art is transformed into a funky trough of brownish-pink ooze with chunks in it. My, that’s vulgar. Suffice it to say, there’s a good reason to enjoy the end privately. Just you, your puppy-sized dessert, and your very own spoon.

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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49 Comments
  1. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    Two spoons or one?
    You’re kidding my son
    Never to be shared
    toppings not spared
    You must wholly submit
    to a banana split
    The whole gooey delight
    bite after bite after bite after bite

  2. Jacob 1 year ago

    It says much about your skill that you can take the accursed bananas and ice cream and still make me really really want this, to at least give it a try. I don’t think I’ve ever had a banana split, and I’d still recommend two spoons in case the spectacle of the thing quickly gives way to my old ways 😉 It looks incredible though, from the reflections to the wonderful little grooves in the banana. Impressive!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃 I was wondering if I’d be able to tempt you with this one or if you’d run screaming!! Lol They’re awesome…you should really give it a try. It’s totally worth the risk! 😉

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Hmm… I’ll take your word for it. I’d probably lose interest after a couple of spoonfuls, then get myself a banana milkshake instead. 😉

      • Author

        Oooooo!! I used to get those when I was a kid. It was a health food version believe it or not. Not sure what was in it but it was awesome!!

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Were they called Build Ups? When my brother was younger, he had these chocolate shakes that were apparently good for you. I think they came in banana and strawberry aswell.

      • Author

        That wasn’t the name, but it was at the back of a drugstore that I can’t remember the name of so I’m not sure why I’d be sure it wasn’t. Lol They put some kind of powder in it that I really liked the flavor of. It was probably poisonous by today’s standards and no longer on the market, but it was delicious!

  3. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    Great story, Charlie! 😊 I can’t quite imagine eating one of these “small puppies” by myself. Lol! 😝 But your doodlewash makes it very tempting! 🎨👍💕

    • Author

      Hehe….it’s not for the faint of heart to complete a whole one. I don’t even think I could do it again. 😊 lol…But glad you liked the doodlewash! Thanks Jill! 😃💕

  4. Teri C 1 year ago

    A banana split is way too big for me, however, your rendition is making me hungry for ice cream and so, I must run and have some.

  5. oh you’re killing me! I haven’t had a banana split in years…..now I want one! Love your doodlewash, as usual. 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Margaret!! 😃💕This story took place 4 years ago and my last one was about 2 decades before that! Lol But Philippe said he wanted one after seeing my doodlewash so it’s possible it will happen this weekend! 😊

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    OMG, you better not come to dinner with our family. We, six of us, three generations, happily share one giant dessert and often only one or two spoons for the group of us. You wouldn’t survive, Charlie, but I’m having fun imagining your face scrunched in alarm. Of course, now I’m going to have a hard time eating our next family dessert in our usual custom as I’ll be imagining puppy sized, emphasis on puppies. Oh no!
    Your painting is beautiful, of course. You have a real talent for silver, gray, white, reflections, and shadows. I can forgive you your squeamishness for your Doodlewash skill.

    • Author

      Lol!! Thanks Sharon!! 😃💕 I’m now imagining six people digging into a banana split and it’s making my face scrunch. Haha… But fun that you all share! It’s really too much for one human being anyway. 😊

  7. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Wowzers!! Reminds of the banana splits my Grandma used to make. Very decadent! And here we are eating strawberries and yogurt at our house. 🙁 lol

    • Author

      Thanks Susan! 😃💕Strawberries and yogurt are far healthier! I think you dodged a calorie bomb so yay!! Lol

      • Susan Feniak 1 year ago

        Yup! But you’ve got to love a good old fashion banana split!!

  8. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    One awesome doodlewash Charlie

  9. shauna lee lange 1 year ago

    Move over, charlie. Banana splits are serious bizniz. 🙂

  10. That banana looks so REAL!!!! Charlie, you are nailing these food paintings, guy! I am majorly impressed! And hungry! <3

  11. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Oh wow Charlie this is a dessert-bomb! I know is delicious but if we eat your banana split we have to eat first what I did bring to our doodlewash dinner…lol your watercolor is beautiful!

    Here is my participation https://yesterdayafter.com/2016/05/09/doodlewashdinner-national-shrimp-day/ I hope you like it! 😉

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Carolina!! 😃💕More of a calorie bomb in real life unfortunately! Lol Yay! Can’t wait to see what you brought to dinner! 😃

  12. Arvind 1 year ago

    I love how you got the textures, have not had a banana split in ages, I think I know what I’ll have this weekend!

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Arvind!! 😃 And yay! And thrilled I could be a bad influence! Lol I think I might just have to have one as well. 😊

  13. Cathe 1 year ago

    Wow, what a delicious banana split. I don’t think I have ever had a banana split but super fun to imagine! Great doodlewash Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Cathe! 😃💕You’ve never tried one of these? So good… but maybe not so good it’s worth the calories! lol

  14. memadtwo 1 year ago

    And the cherry on top…perfect! (K)

  15. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Ahh, yes, my favorite! When I was a teenager I work at 31 Flavors ice cream store. I loved making the Banana Split ( and eating them as well).

    • Author

      Aww cool! I didn’t know you’d worked there, Sharon. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without sticking my head in one of the barrels. Pretty sure I’d get fired for that…😊

  16. Miam, miam! Oh to have a banana split in France! The ice cream is so good there! I don’t imagine it would be as huge there though. Most dishes are served at the proper portion, so I would think it’s smaller than ours, but big by French standards. Non?

    The painting is so good! I love the whip cream, and banana. No nuts!! I’d have the nut topping. I usually reserve ice cream for my Birthday…which is coming up…banana split instead of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting this year? ARG! It may be hard to choose this year now that you’ve tempted me with this great looking painting!

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕Actually the French version of this is still about the same size. You have to balance a whole banana! Lol But the ice cream was light years better!! I totally slacked off on the nuts and didn’t add them. But yeah…they are a delicious addition! 😉

  17. The Leaf Diary 1 year ago

    yummy! 🙂

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  19. clearskies2016 1 year ago

    Really liked the picture. Brought back memories

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