Grand Ole Creamery vs. Liberty Frozen Custard in a battle of banana splits
Since searching for the perfect root beer float, we had another hankering for a summery ice cream classic: the banana split. We staged a food fight between Grand Ole Creamery and Liberty Frozen Custard to see who had the best. While both versions brought us closer to 5,000 calories a day (and 5 a day!), the champion was clear.
Grand Ole Creamery
4737 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
Grand Ole Creamery's banana split, $5.36 after tax, is a huge amount of food. The banana disappeared alongside three tennis ball-sized mounds of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, though you can substitute other flavors) covered in chocolate, strawberry, and pineapple syrup and topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Is the coffin-shaped serving dish foreshadowing the massive diabetic coma this split could cause?
Liberty Frozen Custard
5401 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Liberty Frozen Custard eschewed the traditional ice cream trio and instead served up a mix of vanilla and chocolate custard covered with chocolate and fruit-studded strawberry and pineapple syrups, bookended with a banana and two pieces of waffle cone for $5.22 including tax. This split addded crushed peanuts to its whipped cream and maraschino cherry topping.
The verdict: Liberty satisfied our sweet tooth without making us feel like gluttons. The custard was creamy and rich and the syrups fruity but not too saccharine. The added crunch of the waffle cone and peanuts was also a nice touch.
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