- Feb 15, 2015
- New York, New York
Not knowing where exactly to put this as it's not period in the sense that it's from the mid-19th century or before, but given this variety of ice cream sundae first became popular in the 1920's , so I decided to mark it 'history'. As for what kind of sundae it is, well it's a popular British dessert treat that's served in a very tall sundae glass in clear layers of ice cream, fruit and sometimes even meringue topped with whipped cream and a cherry and typically accompanied with a fan shaped wafer. Thing a trifle but with ice cream instead of cake! It was often a treat served at popular seaside resorts and amusement parks and the original recipe and the exact reason for it's decidedly American sounding name is unknown. Given a Knickerbocker is an old term used to refer to New Yorkers and the sundae is from across the pond seems unusual, but it's a fun name for an ice cream dessert and looks very yummy! I happened upon the term while watching an episode of Call of the Midwife over the weekend and had to find out what they were talking about.
Here's an original recipe from the Practical Druggist & Pharmaceutical Review - 1896