A freezer of frozen bananas with a variety of toppings
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. In the winter months, Teller hauled the trailer to various county fairs. When Phillips died a few years later, Teller bought the business and used it to expand to other locations. Frozen bananas are a tradition on Balboa Island to this day.
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.