Award-Winning Banana Split

We traveled to The Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio where ten chefs battled it out to make the most delicious and innovative banana split. There were some amazing banana splits, but only one could win:

The winning banana split by the General Denver Hotel.The winning banana split by the General Denver Hotel.


The General Denver's banana split was assembled on top of a freshly made banana funnel cake and topped with three homemade sauces and praline bacon.

Banana Funnel Cake

1 cup banana puree

2 eggs

1 1/3 cup of milk

¼ cup sugar

2 ½ cup flour

1 ½ Teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ Teaspoon cinnamon

½ Teaspoon allspice

Blend all ingredients in food processor until incorporated. Funnel batter into a frying pan with 350˚ F oil. When golden brown on bottom, carefully flip to finish cooking opposite side. Drain on paper towel.

Peanut Butter Sauce

1 cup local honey

½ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup heavy cream

Whip until smooth and pourable, add more honey if you need to thin it out more.

Spicy Strawberry Sauce

1 cup fresh local strawberries

½ cup local honey

1 teaspoon chili paste

Blend all ingredients, leaving some strawberries in larger pieces

Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce

1 cup local honey

½ cup Nutella

Whip until smooth and pourable, add more honey if you need to thin it out more

Praline Bacon

4 strips thick sliced bacon

8 teaspoons brown sugar

¼ cup chopped pecans

Lay bacon flat on a baking rack with a tray under to catch the grease. Press 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into each piece of bacon evenly and sprinkle with pecans. Be sure to press the nuts into the sugar also. Bake in a 400˚F oven for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Cool and cut into bit sized pieces.


Additional ingredients you will need:

One banana

Powdered sugar to sprinkle

Whipped cream

Maraschino Cherries

  1. Start with your funnel cake as the base. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  2. Slice fresh banana and drape across funnel cake.
  3. Place three scoops of ice cream side by side atop the bananas.
  4. Sprinkle ice cream with praline bacon bits.
  5. Drizzle one of each sauce on each of the scoops of ices cream.
  6. Finish off with some whipped cream and maraschino cherries and devour!

You will have ample sauces and batter to make Banana Splits for all of your friends and family!

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