Two American towns hotly debate the right to claim the distinction of being the birthplace of the sundae: Ithaca, New York, and Two Rivers, Wisconsin.It's ironic that the cherry syrup was used in New York, considering that Wisconsin is a big cherry-growing state.
Each has marvelously well-documented tales involving someone sitting at a counter and ordering a dish of ice cream, over which someone else spontaneously decided to pour syrup (chocolate in Wisconsin, cherry in New York).
Whether or not the dae ending was in response to "blue laws" against enjoying yourself on the Sabbath is a whole other story. All we know for sure is that there is nothing quite like a dish of cold ice cream gobbled up with syrupy goodness.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
From the August issue of MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul) magazine: