SACRAMENTO - At least two local bakeries are putting their own culinary twist on the doughnut, and the result could topple the Cronut in popularity.
Meet the ice cream puff: an ice-cream filling inside a hot, squishy, doughnut.
Among the local establishments selling the confection is The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs in Arden-Arcade.
"My brother and I, we're both really big foodies so this is really just a combination of our crazy imaginations and every food adventure we've ever had," Parlor co-owner Lani Tran said. "We've made it into this thing."
But how do ice cream and fillings get inside a doughnut? Tran is keeping that process a secret.
"We take it to the back, do a little bit of magic, reseal it and that's what you have," she said.
The final product is a sandwich-like dessert that almost requires both hands to eat. While the doughnut remains hot and squishy to the touch, the ice cream inside stays cold.
"The ice cream holds up pretty well because the actual process of sealing the doughnut only takes about less than 10 seconds, so the ice cream is still nice and cold but the doughnut is really warm and gooey," Tran explained.
But The Parlor goes well beyond a simple injection of creamy vanilla. Customers choose from a variety of ice-cream flavors, and for an additional cost, add less traditional fillings like Nutella, gummy bears and even potato chips. Tran said the customer's imagination is the limit when it comes to their menu offerings.
"We constantly update our toppings and our ice cream flavors so I just love seeing what the customers bring to the table because there's just endless combinations of what you can make," said Tran.
The Parlor isn't the only place in town combining ice cream and doughnuts. Baker's Donuts in South Sacramento also has its version of the ice cream puff, but the prefer the term "ice glazers," according to the Sactown Magazine.
Other shops in the nation, like Holey Cream in New York City, create similar treats but it's worth noting that Sacramento is graced with two kinds of shops that produce the sweet treat.
The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs is located at 2620 Fair Oaks Blvd. across from Loehmann's Plaza. Visit their website for more information.