I was enjoying a nice, uncharacteristically sunny, afternoon in Eureka with my girls yesterday, window shopping and goofing off. For some reason it popped into my head that we should go share a banana split, and there's no better place to get a banana split then Bon Boniere's. Bon Boniere's was founded in Humboldt in 1898 and has been making locally handcrafted ice cream, fudge and other sauces, as well as cakes and cookies ever since (I really want to try their Death By Chocolate Cake soon).
I'm sure no one is surprised that my girls were definitely on board with my idea of sharing a banana split. At first they were a little concerned about not getting their own banana split, but I assured them that there was no way they could finish an entire split. I shared with them my story about taking my nephew with me to the same ice cream shop over 20 years ago and watching him try to eat an entire banana split. He ate until he almost burst, then nearly tossed it in my car minutes later. I don't think I've actually had a banana split since then that day. So this was the first in over 20 years, and it was delicious and more then enough split three ways. My oldest daughter noticed the price ($9.95) and announced in shock, "It must be huge for that price!". It was, and it was worth the price.
Here is the store front and inside at the soda fountain. I'm not sure how long Bon Boniere has been in this building, but they've been here as long as I can remember. They also have a shop in the Jacoby Store house in Arcata that has been there for around 15 years or so.
The monster! We were trying to use Cordelia's hand for scale. Local made ice cream, whipped cream and sauces. YUM!
I'm still full today - but it was worth every bite!