Frozen banana

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Frozen banana
Freezer Bananas.jpg
A freezer of frozen bananas with a variety of toppings
Course Dessert
Main ingredients Bananas, chocolate
Cookbook: Frozen banana  Media: Frozen banana

Frozen bananas are desserts made by placing a banana upon a stick, freezing it, and usually dipping it in melted chocolate. They may be covered with toppings such as chopped nuts, sprinkles, sugar and crushed cookies.


Don Phillips, also known as the frozen banana king, opened the first frozen banana stand - The Original Frozen Banana - on Balboa Peninsula, located in Orange County, California, circa 1940. In 1963, Bob Teller, who moved to the area with plans to manufacture car seat belts, instead opened a frozen banana stand after being inspired by Phillips' success. Teller opened his stand - The Original Banana Rolla Rama - right across the street from Phillips' original shop.[1] In the winter months, Teller hauled the trailer to various county fairs.[2] When Phillips died a few years later, Teller bought the business and used it to expand to other locations.[1] Frozen bananas are a tradition on Balboa Island to this day.

Cultural references[edit]

In the Fox television series Arrested Development, the Bluth Company owns and runs a frozen banana stand. The stand is on Balboa Pier. In the show's pilot, the narrator states that the stand was built in 1953. During the show's fourth season, a promotional tour brought the Bluth banana stand to the city of Newport.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b Brunner, Jessie (17 March 2007). "Sunday Story: Frozen in history". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "How and Teller" Orange Coast Magazine, Sharon Tetrault, February 2003
  3. ^ Miller, Michael (16 May 2013). "Going bananas for a stand". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Cowan, Jill (31 May 2013). "Bluth banana stand to bow on Balboa Island". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Kim, Annie (2 June 2013). "Thousands turn out for Balboa Island Parade". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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