A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 27, 2008
Buffalo Sundae

One of the first “sundaes” (in print several times in 1903) appears to have been the “Buffalo sundae.” The city of Buffalo is located in upstate New York, near Ithaca (where the “Sunday” was made as early as 1892). Why no “Ithaca sundae”?

The “Buffalo sundae,” in one version, consisted of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and chopped nuts, much like the “tin roof sundae.” In another version (1913), the “Buffalo sundae” consisted of chocolate ice cream, marshmallow slices and cherries.


21 April 1903, Mansfield (OH) News, pg. 10, col. 6 ad:
BUFFALO SUNDAE
The most delicious soda requisite of the season, at
LUCAS BROS.
Prescription Druggists

Parachute, CO
Ice cream treats included their specialty, the “walnut and buffalo sundae, both rich and smooth.”
The Daily Sentinel, 24 June 1903.

26 June 1903, Mansfield (OH) News, pg. 10, col. 7 ad:
BUFFALO SUNDAE
The most pleasing dish ever served at our fountain. It is fine and pleases every one beyond their expectation. Prepared and served by
LUCAS BROS.
Prescription Druggists

23 August 1903, Morning Herald (KY), pg. 2 ad:
McGurk & Co. have made the hit of the season on Buffalo Sundae. Call and try one.

29 June 1904, Marysville (OH) Tribune, pg. 3, col. 2 ad:
Try our new refreshment, Buffalo Sundae, Maple and Chocolate, it is something delicious, at the Greek-American Candy Kitchen.

23 May 1907, Mansfield (OH) News, pg. 5, col. 6 ad:
The Western Ice Cream Parlors
For Buffalo Sundays, Tin Roof Sundays and the famous Chocolate Float. Sodas and Cream.

Chronicling America
14 August 1907, Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch, pg. 10, col. 1 ad:
Buffalo Sundae...10c
(Miller & Rhoads—ed.)

14 April 1908, Marion (OH) Daily Star, pg. 6, col. 1 ad:
SUNDAES
and every day of the week.
Buffalo Sundae...5c
Tin Roof Sundae...5c
(...)
At KALER’S. 

17 November 1908, Jonesboro (AR) , pg. 1 ad:
Buffalo Sundae, 15c
Coney Island Float, 5c
Banana a la Mode, 15c
Johnston’s Palace Drug Store

29 July 1909, Gazette-Telegraph (CO), pg. 5 ad:
Try Our Buffalo Ice Cream Sundae’s
This is not a new dish or drink, but our method of preparation, an our style of service is new and pleasing to the customer. Our entire fountain service is A No. 1 and up-to-date, and our patrons return often to duplicate their orders.
Our Buffalo Sundaes are 10c per.
KORSMEYER DRUG CO.

7 June 1912, Indiana (PA) Evening Gazette, pg. 3, col. 1 ad:
We will also quote you a few names of good Sundaes. Have you ever tried “Banana Split,” “Nabisco” or a fine “Big Buffalo Sundae?” This is the only place they are served.
(Indiana Candy Works—ed.)

Google Books
1913?, Pacific Pharmacist, pg. 21:
Buffalo Sundae.
Chocolate ice cream, marshmallow slices and cherries.—Northwestern Druggist.

Google Books
1916?, Southern Pharmaceutical Journal, pg. 26:
Pg. 26:
Buffalo Sundae. Fill a parfait glass one-third full with vanilla ice cream. Add a heaping spoonful of chopped nut meats. Cover with chocolate dressing. 

28 April 1919, Belleville (IL) News-Democrat, pg. 4 ad:
Favorite Sundae...10c
(...)
Buffalo Sundae...20c
(Belleville House Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor—ed.)

30 July 1920, Fort Wayne (IN) News Sentinel, pg. 21 ad: 
Buffalo Sundae 25c
(Meyer’s Drug Stores—ed.)

Google Books
July 1922, The Spatula, pg. 384:
BUFFALO SUNDAE
Fill a parfait glass one-third full of vanilla ice cream. Add a heaping spoonful of chopped nut meats. Cover with a little ice cream and add a small ladle of chocolate syrup. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Google Books
The Templeton and Allied Families: A Genealogical History and Family Record
By Yolande Templeton Clague
Published by Y.T. Clague
1936
Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Pg. 81:
The first ice cream I can remember eating was a buffalo sundae at Burdick’s drug store. We sat at little tables made for youngsters. To this day, I can remember how cool it was in that drug store, and how good that concoction of ice cream, chocolate syrup and nuts tasted.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Saturday, December 27, 2008 • Permalink