There are many different stories about the history of ice cream sundaes, it all depends on where you are in the country.
One of the stories that I have heard was about the city of Evanston, Illinois. In 1890, Evanston was one of the first cities to pass a blue law that outlawed selling ice cream sodas on Sunday.
How did drug store operators get around this? They served the syrup on top of the ice cream, and they omitted the soda (and the sundaes were born).
There are also different towns that claim to be the birthplace of sundaes as well. Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield Illinois; and even New York City claim the dessert.
Glass manufacturers eventually made a special glass for these sweet treats, and they are as popular as the treat itself.
There are two great listings for sundae glasses that I have on eBay, one of them here and the other here.
What kinds of history of the ice cream sundae have you heard?