It's been a whirlwind of a year for the founders of Afters Ice Cream, a humble little ice cream shop that opened in early 2014 in the unassuming Orange County town of Fountain Valley, CA. The ice cream was good, the location was questionable, but it was their Milky Bun—a warm glazed donut stuffed with cold ice cream and toppings of your choice—that took the local foodie scene by storm.
Following Foodbeast's initial coverage, "A 'Milky Bun' Is What Happens When A Warm Donut Is Stuffed With Cool Ice Cream," kids started flocking to the Fountain Valley location. The geniuses behind the brand capitalized on the hype. Their press page is now littered with accolades, everyone from Ryan Seacrest pretending to eat it (we all know the dude only eats almonds and the juice from said almonds) to a visit to Popsugar studios as part of a piece entitled "10 Mind-Blowing Food Trends Already Dominating 2014" (see below). Their social following has since ballooned as well, with their Instagram page now boasting 40K+ followers.
Following the success of the first location, the Afters team pushed on and managed to open a second location in Chino Hills, CA before the end of the year. That location was embraced with equally open arms, immediately seeing long lines like their Fountain Valley location:
2015, Three More Locations
It doesn't end there. Our source tells us there are plans for three more locations before the end of 2015. In fact, the next two locations should be opening within the next two months. Here's the information we know about two of the next three Afters Ice Cream locations:
Tustin, CA -- Opens April 20, 2015
Located at 13662 Newport Ave, Ste C, Tustin, CA 92780, located across the street from a popular Korean BBQ restaurant. It will be taking over a now-closed Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt joint called Tasti D-Lite.
Long Beach, CA -- Late May 2015
No word on exact location yet, although construction starts this week.