Thursday, June 18, 2015

Afters Ice Cream - Tustin

Though I was one of the first people to write about Afters and its ice-cream-stuffed donuts, I think I'm one of the last people on Earth to try them.

There are about a hundred reasons why I didn't try them sooner. Those hundred reasons are probably still standing there in line at the Fountain Valley store as we speak.

But after finally getting around to tasting my first "Milky Bun" (that's what Afters calls its ice-cream-stuffed donuts) last weekend at the virtually deserted and newly opened Tustin store at three in the afternoon, my question to anyone who've actually stood in that line is: Was it worth it?

Because what I tasted was a glazed donut, split in half, with ice cream in the middle. Sure, the donut is reheated using some sort of unseen contraption so that you get a warm donut around the cold ice cream.

But it's still just a glazed donut.

With ice cream in the middle.

Actually, what I noticed above all else was this: The donut was all I could taste. Due to its sweetness, the ice cream became a big cold gob of nothing.

That's what perplexes me most about these Milky Buns. Afters obviously took the time to craft some ice cream in flavors that are creative and good; but stuffing them inside that donut is akin to writing the perfect song and then having William Hung sing it.

Afters Ice Cream
13662 Newport Ave. Ste C
Tustin, CA 92780

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At 6:18 AM, Blogger Greg Hao said...

Been to the fountain valley one a time or two and I'm with you, it completely befuddles me why people seem to be so obsessed with it. Not that it's bad, per se, but just not my cup of tea. Neither is that nitrogen ice cream business. Both are way too sweet.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger dumplings said...

It's all about Hans's!

At 6:48 PM, Blogger amk714 said...

Thanks, Elmo. I've never tried donuts and ice cream together, but it just sounds like a bad combination to me, and I say that as someone who loves both foods. Wouldn't the heat of the donut melt the ice cream and turn it into a soggy mess? In any case, fads and long lines suck. Sorry, Afters, but you won't be getting any of my business.--Alexander

At 5:15 PM, Blogger elmomonster said...


My sentiments exactly. I still intend to go back and try the ice cream by itself. Donuts are made for burgers and bacon...just kidding.


Hans!!! Love that place! It's just I keep forgetting it's there!


It's a little messy but not as much as I thought it would be. I'm just glad I didn't wait in line for this. Or else this post would have been much more negative.

At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the name "Afters" sounds stupid as the donut/ice cream concept -- it's like the story "The King's New Clothes". Any recommendation for a good Gelato place in or near Irvine?

At 9:04 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Since Irvine's gelato offerings are relatively scant, I usually schlep it to Gelato Paradiso in Newport Beach or even N'Ice Cream in Costa Mesa. Both are rather excellent!


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