Q: What do banana splits and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund have in common?
A: Kelly Ripa.
In conjunction with Kelly Ripa, Foodbuzz is offering a $50 donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for each Featured Publisher who creates their version of the "Ultimate Banana Split." There was no thinking involved with my acceptance of this offer--ice cream AND helping fund research for ovarian cancer? Done.
I learned something disturbing upon visiting the OCRF website this morning. 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and 15,520 will die. That is 71%. 71%! Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. It is a disease that currently has unrefined methods of early detection, which is what makes it so dangerous. With early detection and treatment, the survival rate jumps to more than 92%. This is why ovarian cancer research is so important. Think of how many lives could be saved if an accurate early detection tool was created.
Fortunately, you too can help. Please visit Kelly Confidential website and build YOUR ultimate banana split--virtually! Each day that you build a virtual split, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. How's that for easy charity?
My Ultimate Banana Split had to include peanuts and hot fudge. One of the things that can always turn a bad day around for me is a DQ hot fudge sundae with peanuts (I think it's loaded with serotonin). I wanted to create that feeling with this split, but better. As you'll see, I definitely don't have banana split dish, and it was about, oh, 95 degrees in the apartment...hence all the melting. But, the peanutty, fudgey split soup was amazing. It tasted like helping others. :)
Monkey Lover's Split
-1 large banana split lengthwise, then again crosswise if necessary
-2 1/2 big scoops Edy's Slow-Churned Light Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
-Hot fudge for drizzling
-Reese's Peanut Butter Chips for sprinkling
-Light whipped topping
-Crushed peanuts or nuts for sprinkling over topping
Assemble in that order in an ice cream dish. Eat quickly before it all melts!