We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Afters Ice Cream's Ice Cream-Stuffed Donut

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This is what you guys want to see, isn't it?

Everyone knows that I hate when people smash two different foods together and call it magic. Cronuts? Meh. Ramen burgers? I don't even want to pick one up. And don't even get me started on Pizookies.

So, I had to have been belligerent when I heard about Afters Ice Cream's "Milky Bun," a warm donut filled with ice cream, right? ..right?

Okay, I admit it. I thought it was a good idea I heard about it. Ice cream sandwiches are cool, and donuts are better than cookies, so what could go wrong. I thought it was such a good idea that I braved an hour-long line to try it. How is it? Well...

Not bad. It's not bad.

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Flavors!

Afters Ice Cream's Milky Bun is actually pretty good.

For $5, you get your choice of a glazed or un-glazed donut, one flavor of their Vietnamese-hipster-chic ice cream, and one free topping (which, misnomer, doesn't actually top anything. It goes inside the donut). Yes, the donuts are actually filled.. sort of. They get sliced open, stuffed with ice cream, and re-sealed with some extra batter and a machine in the back that sort of looks like the thing that seals boba milk tea.

All in all, the resulting Milky Bun is quick to eat, cleaner than an ice cream sandwich, and pretty damn good. The donuts are beautifully yeast-y and have a high enough fat content not to fall apart as the ice cream melts. The fact that the donuts are served warm guarantees that they'll soak up a good amount of melted ice cream, which makes them magical. Most importantly, the Milky Buns aren't too sweet, even when you opt for a glazed donut.

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Or maybe a froyo place

Now let's talk about the ice cream. The Milky Bun is cute and all but what really excites me about Afters is their flavors. Remember when I said Vietnamese-hipster-chic earlier? I meant it, but unlike the $5 dollar banh mi I ranted about last week, these guys do hip Viet right. Alongside the standard chocolate, strawberry, and rocky road, you'll find cookie butter, milk and cereal, and a whole mess of other smart flavors. But next to those, you'll find my childhood: jasmine milk tea, Vietnamese iced coffee, and almond cookie. Combined with the toppings bar, this place almost looks more like a boba shop than an ice cream parlor.

Check page two for the negatives!

Location Info

AFTERS Handcrafted Ice Cream

18030 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA

Category: Restaurant


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Stephanie Vu
Stephanie Vu

Where tell me now let's go I'm down Angela Bulich

Sarah Mendoza
Sarah Mendoza

Yasmeen Gutierrez I am in. This looks soooo good

Lori Rosell
Lori Rosell

AFTERS Handcrafted Ice Cream 18030 Brookhurst St. (at Talbert), Fountain Valley, CA

Laura Taeger
Laura Taeger

I whole-heartedly agree with this review. My husband & I waited 1hr, 5 mins for our milky buns. People in the line stretching down the sidewalk were also acting as line-holders. So, just as we were about to move forward, the people nearer the front would make a call & have their friends & friends' children join them in line. WTF? By the time we made it to the counter, they were out of multiple ice cream favors, got my husband's simple order wrong, and not fully sealed the buns. It was a sticky mess. Still, the favors were great!

Nga Ngoc Doan
Nga Ngoc Doan

I hate waiting in line with a passion, especially for food. I will wait a couple months then maybe, just maybe, I will try. I still haven't tried Confetti in Costa Mesa nor Sprinkles Ice Cream in Newport Beach yet!

Miloni Devani
Miloni Devani

Went last week, saw the line and left! I'll wait till it does down a little! Looks good!

Pam Sonota
Pam Sonota

We went to Afters Saturday and waited about an hour and 15 mins in line...IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT AND I WOULD DO IT AGAIN! I got the cookie monster milkey bun (glazed donut with blue vanilla icecream with crushed oreo) SO YUM! I would definitely do it again!

Asad Fahim
Asad Fahim

Dylan Carrillo oh lawdy.....Cristian Guemez...:3

Andrea Torres
Andrea Torres

Victor ahh damn but they look so gooood! Hahaha we would wanna eat this lol

Kathy Gilbert
Kathy Gilbert

Ohhh boy that looks sinfully delighful! Just popped a button lookin at it!

RachelKnott
RachelKnott

Did I miss the part where you actually give us the address?

Ninie Lewis
Ninie Lewis

Wait, I take that back. I can just make my own at home lol Alissa

Ninie Lewis
Ninie Lewis

Ooommmmmggggg Alissa Thomas Travers I will stand in line all the live ling day for this.

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