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Frozen banana
A frozen banana
Main ingredientsBananas, yogurt, chocolate
A freezer of frozen bananas with a variety of toppings
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 or yogurt. 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 Phillips' had closed. Teller had sold frozen bananas at the Arizona State Fair,[1] and opened his stand - The Original Banana Rolla Rama - right across the street from Phillips' original shop.[2] In the winter months, Teller hauled the trailer to various county fairs.[3] When Phillips died a few years later, Teller bought the business and used it to expand to other locations.[2] Frozen bananas are a tradition on Balboa Island to this day. Bob Fitch created the Frozen Banana in the 1950s on Balboa island maybe earlier. He purchased the spot where the Sugar and Spice sits today from Don Philips, renamed it the Sugar and Spice. Bob Fitch sold the building around 1978-1979 to Mrs. Banto for $110,000.00.

Cultural references

In the Fox television series Arrested Development, set in Orange County, the Bluth Company owns and runs a frozen banana stand.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Smith, K. Annabelle (24 March 2013). "The History of the Frozen Banana Stand". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b Brunner, Jessie (17 March 2007). "Sunday Story: Frozen in history". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ "How and Teller" Orange Coast Magazine, Sharon Tetrault, February 2003
  4. ^ Miller, Michael (16 May 2013). "Going bananas for a stand". Daily Pilot. Retrieved 16 July 2013.