Smarty-Pants Summer Treat: The Dymaxion Sundae

16 Apr
The man, the myth, the legend...

Has anything cooler EVER come out of the Dale??

To learn more about R. Buckminster Fuller, click here. Or watch this for cool science stuff.


The Dymaxion Sundae.

"Dare to be naive."--R. Buckminster Fuller, 1975.

Today’s is not technically a recipe post, but rather a happy little summery treat and an excuse to maybe learn something.

A product of Southern Illinois University’s School of Architecture and current SIU employee, I’ve spent all week staring at posters advertising events scheduled this April in memory of Bucky Fuller, perhaps SIU’s most famous emeritus.

I’ll let you google the famous inventor on your own and learn all sorts of cool things, but I leave you with inspiration for a yummy hot-weather treat rumored to have been his favorite.

Bucky Fuller

Maybe TrimTab ate HIS sherbet out of this. Haha.

The Dymaxion Sundae, which is

A party in my mouth.

It's a party in my mouth.

 what RBF called his perfect dessert of orange-sherbet-topped-with-chocolate-sauce, is most definitely a Carbondale (and this is one of the very FEW occasions when I won’t smack people for pronouncing it “Car-BAHN-duh-LAY”) favorite.

Local restaurants used to even keep Dymaxion sundaes on their menus in honor of the professor, though I’m not sure any local haunts still sell them today (he passed away in 1983).

Dymaxion Treat

Now here's a dome I can really get comfortable in...

Nonetheless, I leave you with Fuller’s happy philosophy that sometimes the very simplest ideas turn out to be the greatest designs. (Like orange with chocolate…or composting toilets, for that matter.)

(Meanwhile, I wish one of the many products Fuller had designed was a geodesic cake pan…Bucky Ball Brownies, anyone?) 🙂

The Fuller Dome Home

The Forest Street Dome Home.

This one’s for you, Bucky.

P.S.–April 18-22, 2010 is a special time for RBF lovers–as the Buckminster Fuller Institute and others kick off a celebration of all things Bucky as a fundraiser (The Fuller Home Transformation Initiative) to restore his famous original “dome home” on Forest Street.

There are all SORTS of interesting events planned for grown-ups and kids alike–and you don’t have to be a mathematician or architect to appreciate them! Don’t miss this!!


3 Responses to “Smarty-Pants Summer Treat: The Dymaxion Sundae”

  1. redforkhippie April 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM #

    Dymaxion sundae = Best. Dessert. Ever.

    I like to substitute Magic Shell for the Hershey’s syrup on mine. A more coordinated person might use the Magic Shell to construct tiny supports for a geodesic-dome-o’-chocolate on top of a scoop of sherbet….

  2. Rheannon April 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM #

    I laughed at the Car-banh-du-lay pronunciation. I remember people saying that to be cool. Like Tar-jay. Oh memories…………

  3. Gracie April 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM #

    I found this really rocking version of Hershey’s syrup at Borowiak’s the other day (I don’t like regular Hershey’s)…I think it’s called “double chocolate” or something…anyway, it’s super-thick, but it’s not fudge and you don’t have to heat it or anything like that–I’ve finally found a Hershey’s for me!

    Although…Magic Shell is also…simply divine! In college Talia and I used to fill shot glasses with MS, stick them in the freezer for 5 minutes, and chisel away at them with a spoon. LOL.

    Haha. Good old Tar-Jay. 🙂 I’m trying to remember the famous song people always shout, “In Car-banh-du-lay!” during…I can’t think of it. Too many karaoke beers cloud memories. LOL

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