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Try This: Banana Split

Yukon's Patti Dobelbower waited more than six decades to try her first banana split, and the Food Dude introduced her to it at Braum's.
by Dave Cathey Published: July 18, 2012

Patti Dobelbower has spent more than six decades protecting her girlish figure, but thanks to an email she sent me several months ago, that task is about to get a whole lot tougher.

Shortly after the first “Try This” column ran, Dobelbower, 61, contacted me to say she'd never had a banana split.

With National Ice Cream Month upon us, it was high time she break her streak for super sundae futility. So, she agreed to meet at the Braum's minutes from her Yukon home.

Before meeting Dobelbower, I wondered what a sad path one must walk to avoid the ice cream equivalent of a home run. Turns out she has always just been diligent about maintaining her weight.

“I never much cared for ice cream, plus I always thought it was just so fattening,” she said.

Dobelbower said she preferred brownies or chocolate truffles, and the thought of bananas mixed with ice cream didn't appeal to her.

Now a grandmother, she had to adapt. A couple of years ago, she started buying mint chocolate ice cream, which edged her closer to the brink of the ice cream nirvana that is the banana split.

Dobelbower became an optician in 1976 and has continued in that capacity and as a contact lens technician ever since. She is semiretired, working one day a week at the office of Dr. Robert Cooper, which allowed her to meet me at Braum's, taking a break from the gardening that keeps her busy most of the time.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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If there's a food you've never tried but should have, or if there's something exotic you've always been afraid of, give me a shout. Email or call 475-3155, and we'll get it set up. We're working on sushi, fried-green tomatoes and lamb fries for upcoming Try This stories.

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