By Emma Calvert, Staff Writer
Biting into a piping hot, freshly glazed donut with sweet, cold, ice cream in the middle, is like taking a bite of heaven. The Parlor, located on Fair Oaks Blvd. is a trendy new dessert shop that has mastered the art of combining donuts and ice cream.
Walking into the crowded store at 9 pm on a Thursday was surprising, with young trendy people swarming the shop. When I entered the tiny store, a wave of urban chic, energetic and helpful young employees happily greeted me. It’s a very small shop, with only three two person tables lined up against the wall, but the environment makes it feel very spacious and welcoming. When I first stepped in, a blackboard of their flavors grabbed my attention. Some of the flavors include: Sea Salt Caramel, Thai Teaser (thai iced tea flavored), Wendell (vanilla with cinnamon swirls), Green Machine (green tea flavored), and Plain Jane (vanilla ice cream). The Parlor also has a huge selection of toppings. For only a 50-cent extra charge, you can have unlimited toppings. They have cereals like Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, & Lucky Charms, and candy like Butterfingers & gummy worms, and sauces including Nutella, chocolate, & strawberry. They have some pretty funky toppings- like bacon bits and potato chips.
I ordered the Thai Teaser with a glazed donut, and it was fantastic. The donut was fresh, sweet, and just firm enough to add texture. The Thai Teaser ice cream (I highly recommend), which was a subtle flavor, but it went along greatly with the plain glazed donut. Each bite melts in your mouth, and fills it with the softness of the donut and the sweetness of the ice cream. It’s a little taste of heaven. It’s a very unique taste and flavor that you can’t find anywhere else. The first bite was the best. the fresh glaze of the donut contrasted with the coolness of the ice cream, making the sandwich original in texture and sensational in taste. This was my first time going to the Parlor Ice Cream Puffs, but I will be back again and again, excited to try more of their exotic flavors.
Here’s how The Parlor’s system works: first, you choose your ice cream, then donut, next glazed or unglazed (I highly recommend it glazed), then toppings if you choose, and lastly paying for the treat. The process is faster than getting frozen yogurt and is inexpensive for what a delicious treat you receive.
Tips for future customers: 1.split the ice cream sandwich with a friend because it can become very rich and it’s hard to finish the whole donut. 2. Pick up the complemarry hand wipes they offer, you’re going to need them. 3. When eating the donut ice cream sandwich make sure to keep the wrapper on. 4. They’re best fresh! Don’t hesitate to dig in. 5. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t waste your time.