We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Frozen Bar's Fronut (With Comparisons to the Milky Bun)

Categories: Taste Test

Photo by Charles Lam
The seal is better, I'll give them that

People really need to stop filling donuts with ice cream because if they don't, I'm not going to live past 40. First came Afters' Milky Bun, which I famously enjoyed, and now Frozen Bar, a small little ice cream joint in Garden Grove, is stuffing donuts with gelato and calling them Fronuts. I feel like this should be some sort of public health crisis.

But alas, I totally ate one, and now I'm going to tell you about it.

For $5, you get your choice of a glazed or unglazed donut stuffed with some not-so-chic South East Asian-inspired ice cream. You also get your choice of topping (sprinkles, assorted cereals), which, like Afters, doesn't really top anything, rather they go inside the donut. Yes, these donuts are also actually filled. They're sliced open, have a scoop of ice cream dumped inside, and are then resealed using what looks like a modified waffle iron, leaving the donut nice and hot and the ice cream ready to melt.

The donut? Dense and hefty, with a definite chew and more body than your standard donut. They're almost leaden with (I think) extra fat to keep the starch from breaking apart under the weight of the melting ice cream. In that regard, the recipe is a success, though at the expense of some things that I'll discuss in a bit.

The ice cream gelato? Plenty good. Frozen Bar's flavors should play well in Garden Grove. You have your standard American flavors, but my favorites were the guava and passion fruit. They also durian flavor, but I'm sorry to report that my parents didn't raise me *that* Vietnamese, and I can barely touch the stuff. My fault, not theirs.

Now, the donut and the ice cream together? You know, I didn't actually love it very much.

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