Created By: Ithaca Heritage
Although the cities of Evanston, Illinois and Two Rivers, Wisconsin both claim to have been the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, Ithaca is the only city that has detailed documentation suggesting it is the home of this treat. An issue of The Ithaca Journal from Monday, April 11, 1892 contains this ad: “Platt & Colt Soda fountain specialty is ‘Cherry Sunday’. It is Ice-cream served in a champagne glass with cherry juice syrup and candied French cherries on top.” One Ithacan claims to have witnessed the creation of this confection. He says that the men who created the sundae were deciding on a name and decided to call it a “Cherry Sunday” to commemorate the day on which it was invented. According to him, the spelling “sundae” arose out of competition among fruit syrup manufacturers.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca Heritage Sampler