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Although today the dessert is hardly limited to any day of the week, the sundae was initially named for leisurely Sundays. According to lore, the sundae originated in 1892 in Ithaca, New York, at a little pharmacy soda fountain that was mostly patronized on Sundays, when the more popular hotel bar across the street was closed. When one patron complained about the carbonation in the ice cream soda, he was served a "dry" ice cream soda, with just ice cream and syrup. This pairing later became known as the "Sunday Special," but was abbreviated to the simple "sundae," with an adjusted spelling to respect the Sabbath.
Today the term "sundae" liberally cloaks nearly any dessert featuring ice cream, syrup and a plethora of additions, from cherries, chocolate and bananas, to brownies, pastries and more. How do you take your sundae? Share your sundae specials with us in the comments!
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