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May 16, 2007 06:44 PM

Fosselman's Banana Malt

I finally tried Fosselman's ice cream in Alhambra. I actually got the fresh banana malt. It was perfect. To everyone who has ever suggested Fosselman's-- thank you. I haven't had a malt that good in a long time. It's possibly the best malt I've ever had. I loved it.

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  1. FOSSELMAN'S!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Peppermint Ice Cream! Boysenberry sherbert!!
    Pumpkin ice cream!!!

    Been addicted for 35 years...

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    1. re: Reeter1

      I had a rough day, but that banana malt sure made me smile. I felt like a little kid again. :) Lucky you, for eating this stuff for 35 years. I had heard about the place for a long time, but I never made the time to try it.

      Today they had a sign that said "Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream." I almost got it, but I got the banana malt instead. :) Next time...

    2. Two weeks ago, I had about a gallon (give or take a quart or so) of their tarot ice cream. My belt (and suspenders) are still feeling the aftereffects.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I saw the taro ice cream today. I thought of this board. I will try that one day. The color was a beautiful light purple. :)

        1. re: katkoupai

          No, don't. It's not good for you.

          Save it for me, I'll spare you the dangers of this evil food.


          1. re: ipsedixit

            This is all killing me. I parked at the curb today out front and ate a taco and sope from My Taco thinking I would go inside and have a peperment candy cone for dessert. I got a call and had to rush away. Dammmmmmm. What time do they open?

            1. re: JeetJet

              You have until 10PM tonight, according to the hours listed on their website. I've driven by the place 2-3 times without going in. I didn't want to add to my bad habits. :) They open at 10AM most days (11:30AM on Sundays).


              1. re: katkoupai

                Here's a little tip for anyone who cares.

                Go to the Costco about a block away from Fosselman's. Pick up some churros. Head over to Fosselman's. The churros go great with the ice cream.

                Hot crullers, cold ice cream ... nirvana!

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I care. I can't believe this, though. I thought getting ice cream was sinful-- but churros and ice cream. Wow. It actually sounds good, but I would feel so gluttonous.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    “That’s nothing. Have you ever sucked the jelly out of a jelly donut and then filled it with chocolate-swirl ice cream?” Have you no shame? Ideas of going to Costco to pick up some hot churros before heading to Fosselman's is not something you admit on Chowhound. Fosselman's is enough for dessert by itself. You don’t need those hot cinnamon crullers to add to your cold ice cream even if it is nirvana.

                    You should eat something decent before indulging in Fosselman's. For example, today my oldest son is coming for lunch. We are going to have Bacon Fried Rice at Sahkas and then drive (not walk) to Fosselman's for that Taro ice cream -- So Hawaiian.

                    Fosselman's ice cream
                    1824 W. Main St.
                    Alhambra, CA 91801

                    Shakas (fo dat Bacon Fried Rice and Shave ice)
                    101 W. Main St. #C (Enter from First Street behind Starbucks Coffee)
                    Alhambra, CA
                    (626) 293-5520

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      I must admit, a slice of pizza at Costco then taro ice cream from Fosselman's is an amazing combination.

                      1. re: JeetJet

                        Well with all those calories maybe you SHOULD walk from Shakas over to Foseelman's, haha. Maybe even run. ; )

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          "Ideas of going to Costco to pick up some hot churros before heading to Fosselman's is not something you admit on Chowhound."


                          Why? What's wrong with eating a churro and ice cream?

                          In fact I proudly trumpet my churro chomping and ice cream slurping habit every time I get. Call it what you will, a culinary badge of honor or a foodie scarlet letter, but I wear it proudly.

                          Cheers. :-)

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Actually, I think Chowhound is the perfect place to admit it, and it's a good idea. I never thought of it, but I imagine it's a very tasty combo. I've heard of stuffed churros before-- why not churros with ice cream? :-)

                            I just thought of something else-- pie and ice cream, brownies and ice cream, cake and ice cream-- all of those all pretty ordinary, afterall. :)

                            Also, think about all the places that add brownies, cake, bits of candy, etc. to ice cream or yogurt.

                            I think JeetJet may have been writing ironically though, considering he's going to have bacon fried rice before Fosselman's. :)

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              Indeed, like you say, almost everything goes well with ice cream ... except maybe a Twinkie ....

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Heck, even ice cream goes with ice cream.

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              I do that too, but since Fosselman's not nearby, I tend to get the Costco Berry Yogurt sundae and a churro...

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Just returned from lunch with my boy and find your question, "What's wrong with eating a churro and ice cream?" What I was joking about was the having to drive from one dessert place to another (Costco hot churros before heading to Fosselman's for ice cream) to create the dream vehicle to get you to nirvana and that simply having ice cream alone may not do. Actually I think it shows what a true hound you are. Dessert being so important that multiple stops may be required.

                                Now, about my lunch today. We never made it to Shakas. We decided that the calories (as monkuboy noted) of the Bacon Fried Rice along with ice cream would be crazy. So we went the have a Lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich (w/ some bacon) at Auntie Em’s instead. While we waited for them to make the sandwich we shared a Whoopie Pie (OMG!). Then we finally headed toward Fosselman's making a quick stop at My Taco on the way so my son could try one of their potato tacos.

                                Finally at Fosselman's we both had a single scoop of taro ice cream on a sugar cone. I can understand eating a gallon of this stuff. At first I thought it had some coconut ice cream mixed in but then I was not sure. I asked the guy at the counter whether it had coconut and he said “No. It is all Taro and in fact they are cooking more of the Taro roots in the kitchen right now.” This is really good. I wish Fosselman's would add a shave ice machine to their counter and add shave ice on top of a scoop of the Taro ice cream. That would be my nirvana. I almost bought a half gallon but decided I had to get out of there before I started stuffing jelly donuts with the stuff.

                                “GET THE HONEY.”

                                Auntie Em’s Kitchen (Breakfast, Soups, Sandwiches, Cup-Cakes, and So much more....)
                                4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
                                Los Angeles, CA 90041
                                (323) 255-0800
                                mon-fri 8am to 7pm & sat-sun 8am to 4pm

                                My Taco
                                6300 York Blvd Ste 4
                                Los Angeles, CA, 90042
                                (323) 256-2698

                                Fosselman's ice cream
                                1824 W. Main St.
                                Alhambra, CA 91801

                                1. re: JeetJet

                                  Great report JeetJet!

                                  Tarot ice cream is like crack for me ...

                              2. re: JeetJet

                                My friend's dad takes a Krispy Kreme donut then takes it home to fry it in some butter. about modifying an already crazy calorie filled dessert. Now the churro and ice cream combo doesn't seem so crazy.

                                1. re: bigtums

                                  A refried donut. It's a wonderful thing.

                                  If you cut the ends off a churro, could you use it as a 'boba straw' to drink your banana malt? Hmmm....

                                  1. re: ozzygee

                                    Refried donuts. That reminds me that when I once worked off of Fair Oaks I would stop at the Drive-in stand, not far from Fosselman's ice cream, and have this best BearClaw in the world. The guy would put a quater cube of butter on the grill and then refry a foot long BearClaw in that butter untill the bottom was crispy. Now put a scoop of Fosselman's on top of that and that's nirvana. I wonder if that Drive-in is still around. Not sure if it was on Fair Oaks...? Someplace between Fosselman's and the Pasadena Freeway.

                                    1. re: JeetJet

                                      OMG ! You made me flash back to college days. My house-mates and I would jump in the car at 11 (PM) or so, to Solana Donut House, where they would be in the process of starting the baking and donuts for the next morning. We'd order a hot-out-of-the oven cinnamon roll, and ask the nice Cambodian lady to "cinnamon crumb" it. Actually, we didn't even need to ask: as soon as she saw us coming in the door, she'd cry out from the back "how many ?" She'd take the (huge) cinnamon roll, dunk it in a tub of sugary glaze, then into a tub of that day's old crumb donuts (crumbled up), so you'd end up with this hot cinnamon-flavored sugar bomb ! Then we'd quckly drive back to the house and watch Letterman, while enjoying our late-night snack. Sometimes we'd even put some butter on top and give it a little broiler action. It was incredible -- the first few times, I had radical sugar-induced halucinatory dreams, but then the body kind of adjusts.

                                      Those were the days.... :-)

                                      1. re: mikester

                                        I know how big that thing looked. All that cinnamon crumb around an already huge cinnamon roll. You can still have in Arcadia. I have seen Cinnamon Crumb on huge cinnamon rolls, Cinnamon Twists, glazed donuts and more. Sometimes these guys try some crazy ideas and they all seem to sell. To be sure they will have it for you you might call the day before. They will have a particular item for several months and then discontinue until it is demanded again. Then you will see it every day for six months again. I think the people who buy them get burned out by the sugar rush but then after a while they want it again. Another item they have had in LA. Ya, I have had too many in my time.

                                        A.M. Donuts
                                        34 W. Las Tunas Dr.
                                        Arcadia, CA 91007
                                        (626) 574-0160
                                        One Block West of Santa Anita Ave. Across the street form Rite Aid / Coco’s

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  TOTAL NIRVANA!! CHURROS and ICE CREAM!!!

                                  I feel my arteries cloggen ALREADY!

                                  IT is the perfect desert, anybody who doesn't want to ADMIT it is no hound.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    i wouldn't want to sully the ice cream with Costco churros, nor even a fosselman's cone.

                              3. re: ipsedixit

                                taro ice cream is one of the most delicious flavors of ice cream ever, of coursel, only at fosselman's to my knowledge. it's high butterfat, but super creamy, tasty, not too sweet, and has a wonderful ambrosial smell. damnit, know i have to brave all-day friday traffic for some, along with a scoop of chocolate rapberry mousse and english toffee (the toffee is actually pretty good too).

                                1. re: kevin

                                  It's the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, so traffic may be even worse today. :(

                                  1. re: katkoupai

                                    shit, but seriously the taro is amazing and possibly the best flavor of ice cream in LA right now (discounting gelato of course, which is a different beast all together).

                                    maybe luscious dumplings will be in the cards too. they're veggie dumplings are really great, and the pork ones (don't eat it) are supposedly beyond amazing. hopefully get there and wash everything down with a couple beers from the stuffed sandwich.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      I know. I didn't want to burst your bubble. I'm worried about the traffic in LA for Mem Day weekend, though. Everyone seems to be coming into town.

                                      I definitely have to try that taro ice cream. Also, the date ice cream...

                                      1. re: katkoupai

                                        I'm not a big fan of strawberry ice cream normally, but that "chocolate-dipped strawberry" they have right now at Fosselman's (essentially strawberry-chocolate-chip) is a winner. I had it paired up with a scoop of black walnut and ... wow.

                                        1. re: ladelfa

                                          I saw the chocolate-dipped strawberry. :) They have so many flavors, it's tough to decide. Yum.

                          2. What is good for dinner close to Fosselman's? I want to try but I live in WLA and never been to Alhambra before

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                            1. re: miffy

                              I'm not super-familiar with Alhambra, but South Pas is right up the street (Fremont) and there are plenty of good restaurants there...

                              1. re: Spiff

                                I guess I have to mapquest between Alhambra and S.Pas- thanks Spiff!

                              2. re: miffy

                                Fosselman's is on Main St.

                                If you go east on Main St., in the order you will come across them are the following notable dining establishments:

                                Triumphal Palace - HK style seafood and cantonese fare (also does dim sum during lunch)

                                Sahee - Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall, noteworthy for their cheap pho

                                Wahib's - Middle eastern

                                Newport Seafood - Vietnamese seafood, go for the garlic crab or lobster and the beef dishes

                                Golden Deli (and Vietnam House) - Vietnamese fare, may be the best in SGV

                                Luscious Dumplings - I think its name gives it away, or is it not obvious enough ...

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Wow- great thanks ipsedixit ;) I always wanted to go to Golden Deli and Fosselman's- I never knew they were close by! Thanks for the kind information~

                                  1. re: miffy

                                    Nothing says SGV like chasing down a hot bowl of pho with a banana malt shake, right?



                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                    Great list, ipse. I appreciate it, too. :)

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Luscious Dumpling will probably be closed by dinner time--they usually run out of dumplings by then. But it's a great place for lunch.

                                      1. re: raytamsgv

                                        They have plenty of dumplings when we went at 5PM...

                                        1. re: raytamsgv

                                          just to clarify, luscious dumplings closes at lunch time when they run out of stuff. then in the few hours before dinner, they're busy making more dumplings for later. while it is true they'll sell out during dinner as well, they are open (until things run out again) at night.

                                      2. re: miffy

                                        The only places that I've tried in Alhambra are Phoenix and Baguette du Jour (for really cheap Vietnamese baguette sandwiches). Both of these places are on Valley Blvd.

                                        I have read and heard that Wahib's is good for Lebanese food. It's on the same street as Fosselman's and in Alhambra. I've yet to try it, but apparently, it's cheap and good.

                                        910 E. Main St.
                                        Alhambra, CA 91801

                                        All that said, the banana malt that I had today at Fosselman's was basically breakfast and lunch-- very rich, thick and delicious. This was a true malt, with real ice cream and real banana.

                                        1. re: katkoupai

                                          Thank you katkoupai ;) I will get a mapquest of main and vally blvd as I hear of these names all the time

                                          1. re: miffy

                                            You're welcome. Your question actually helped me too. I never realized how many places were on Main. :)

                                            Also, Valley Blvd. extends up through San Gabriel and Rosemead. In San Gabriel, try Saigon Flavor for pho. I've gone a few times, at the rec of a friend, and it's been good. It's on Valley Blvd. near Del Mar.

                                            In Rosemead, there's 888 Seafood (also on Valley Blvd.), among other places.

                                            1. re: katkoupai

                                              You people are so lucky with so many authentic choices AND ice cream! I have so many places now I want to visit that I have to really think of my choice #1 (for the first visit)

                                        2. re: miffy

                                          It's also very easy to go to the other XLB dumpling places on Valley (Mei Long Village is the best, but J&J is good too) then go to fosselman's. Perfect dessert after the vinegary deliciousness.

                                          1. re: azibo

                                            That's what we do. Many a Mei Long Village dinner has been followed by Fosselman's.

                                          2. re: miffy

                                            Charlie's Trio is a fun casual Italian eatery on Main, then on corner of Main/Garfield is Johnny Rockets, if you want latin food and great music turn south on Garfield to Ambiente, across fr Mervyn's plaza.

                                            1. re: miffy

                                              Fosselman's very popular on Sundays! There are a lot of regulars who stop by after church and the farmer's market. I used to go there almost everyday after school (sigh)... I miss those days! They have good food (and lots of produce) at the Alhambra farmer's market too. There's not much near Fosselmans (just banks and car dealerships), but if you drive about half a mile East of Main Street, you'll find a ton of restaurants! I recommend Pho 79, Shakas, and of course, the farmer's market (on Monterey/ Bay State Street).

                                            2. Soda Jerks on Fairoaks which closed down a while back use to serve Fossilmans ice cream. They use to have a sundae on there menu that was made up of: White Chocolate Chip with hot fudge & Chocolate Rasberry with Rasberry Sauce. Hands down the best sundae I ever had. Every time I go to Fossilmans I have them make that sundae for me. Try it. I GUARENTEE you will LIKE IT!

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                                              1. re: Timabruin

                                                they will do that????? that was my fave ice cream sundae of All Time, I was so sad when I heard Soda Jerks had closed.
                                                Guess I'll have to make a trip out to Alhambra...

                                                1. dang it, nnow I crave a malt and pie again. Darn you chowhounds!

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                                                  1. re: Diana

                                                    I actually started craving a malt again when writing the above post. Now that I'm reading all this again, I'm craving one too. Shoot! Getting a malt more than once in the same week could become a bad habit. :)