Friends, this quest has been a year in the making.
For it was early 2014, Afters Ice Cream opened in Fountain Valley, California and changed the local food landscape. Their Milky Bun – a warm glazed donut stuffed with cold ice cream and toppings of your choice – was an instant success.
The lines were long and the media coverage extensive. By April, it had become one of 10 Mind-Blowing Food Trends Already Dominating 2014 according to Pop Sugar.
That same month, I made the drive to Orange County to try it myself. But I was not mentally or physically prepared. The line of eager customers extended beyond the entrance, curved, and kept growing in front of a neighboring business.
I did not care how amazing the Milky Bun was; I decided it would have to wait.
Fast-forward several months. Afters Ice Cream brings their ingenuity to the Inland Empire, opening a Chino Hills store in January 2015.
Now, they were closer. So it was just a matter of waiting out the initial hype and going during off-peak hours.
Which brings us to this week. With no holiday weekend and Spring Break over, I went to Afters Ice Cream on Monday around lunch hour.
The timing was perfect. No line!
Leisurely, I perused their selection of unconventional ice cream flavors and tried a couple of samples. I selected Strawberry Cookie Crunch. It’s homemade ice cream made with real strawberries and Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Next was the topping. I scanned the jars of cereals, nuts, and chocolate chips atop the ice cream case. However, before I could decide, an associate offered some advice. Their strawberry topping with pieces of fresh strawberries would enhance the ice cream.
I could not deny her logic.
Finally, I selected my Milky Bun. Available with or without a glaze, I chose glazed.
My custom concoction was ready when I reached the register. At $5 plus tax, the price was most reasonable.
Wrapped for immediate consumption, I found a comfy chair outside to partake of my Milky Bun.
The strawberry ice cream had already started to melt. Still, the first taste was cool and creamy. The Milky Bun was an ideal thickness, not too thin or too doughy. Rather just enough to cradle the ice cream.
It didn’t take long to reach the gobs of chocolate chip cookies in the ice cream and bits of strawberry from the topping.
Oh, the flavors were tantalizing.
Yet, the Milky Bun remained resilient. Soft and lightly sweet, it never absorbed any moisture from the topping or ice cream.
Marveling at this mystery, I relished the last bites.
I give Afters Ice Cream 4 out of 5 stars. The Milky Bun is a brilliant creation. Though I did not experience it warm, it’s a great way to enjoy ice cream, especially with their array of flavors.
It only took a year, but I got my happy ending after all.