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.
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 cream.
Ice-cream Sundae Ice-cream sundaes started in the 1890s. At that time people went to ice-cream parlours to eat ice cream. One day in Wisconsin a customer went to an ice-cream parlour. He wanted chocolate syrup on his vanilla ice cream. The owner of the parlour 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 parlours started to have this new ice- cream dish.
Ice-cream Sundae The sundae got its name from an ice-cream parlour in another town in Wisconsin. Here the owner of an ice-cream parlour 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.