Afters Ice Cream started out as a tiny sweets shop co-founded by two childhood best friends in Fountain Valley. Scott Nghiem and Andy Nguyen went their separate ways in college to explore and see where they wanted to go with their lives, only to find themselves back together, scheming and planning up Afters Ice Cream. With Nghiem being the marketing wiz and Nguyen with the real estate and investing background, the terrifying commitment was inevitable.
And thus Afters was born. Inspired by the food around them every day, flavors like Jasmine Milk Tea, Vietnamese Coffee, and Cookie Butter became a huge success in a short period of time. But then there’s the legendary milky bun.
A warm glazed (or, if you’re crazy, you can get it plain) doughnut filled with your favorite Afters flavor and one topping. These toppings include various cereals like flakes, cookies, or Cap’n Crunch, and add that perfect crunch to your warm and cold, soft and crunchy perfect treat. And to think that this wonderful combination was born while sitting a traffic light next to a doughnut shop. The proverbial lightbulb went off, and the rest was history.
My recommendation? Go for the cookie monster with fruity pebbles.
How Do I Get Some??
Now at this point, you must be wondering ‘How do I gain access to this deliciousness’? Well as of right now, you’re going to need to be living in or visiting Southern California. There are currently 15 locations in areas such as Pasadena, Irvine, San Diego, Long Beach, and Costa Mesa, but the full locations map can be found here.
With the traffic from just these locations, I imagine it won’t be long before they’re expanding outside of California. The world will thank these two childhood buddies profusely for their gift to the rest of the U.S.
So while B Sweet may have delicious offerings as well, the wonderfully balanced crunchy-chewy-soft-warm-and-coolness of the Milky Bun is unmatched by any other dessert that I’ve discovered so far while in Los Angeles. Or anywhere else for that matter.