Who doesn’t love sundaes? Warm or cold weather you can’t help but indulge in them thoroughly year round. But have you ever wondered where the delicious ice cream dessert got its name?
According to Wikipedia it was a spin-off of ice cream sodas a.k.a. ice cream floats. In 1890, Evanston, IL, became the first among many towns to ban the sale of ice cream sodas on Sundays. We know what you’re thinking: soda was illegal? Back in the day, soda was considered dangerous like alcohol and drugs, so it was regulated.
So Evanston’s confectioners had to get creative. They started selling ice cream with syrup instead of soda on Sundays. But the dessert was so popular that vendors started selling them on Mondays too. Then local Methodist leaders denounced their shared spelling with a holy day, so it was changed to sundae instead.
Next time you dip your spoon into your three-layer sundae we hope you remember this little history lesson!