Balboa Island Sugar N Spice Frozen Bananas

Balboa Island--Sugar N Spice since 1945.

There's nothing quite like a beach confection offered in Newport on Balboa Island's Marine Avenue. Visits to Balboa bring back memories to some who have eaten frozen chocolate dipped bananas since 1945 when the store opened. If you remember those days, you have to be over 60 years young now. The original owners of the shop for 50 years sold it but the tradition was fortunately preserved and today, Sugar N Spice continues to serve island favorites.

Memories fade. Some faintly recall sitting at Balboa's beaches and digging sand crabs, or figuring out how to build the best sand castle with only limited tools and your imagination.

But the frozen banana really sticks in the minds of those who have ordered this treat on a stick throughout the years. Dipped in a thick, rich chocolate, then rolled in nuts or candy coatings, they come in four sizes--small, medium, large and Xlarge. Small is the a good option of you just want to sample this local delicacy for the first time. Prices on last check were around $2.50-3.50.

Other treats sold at the shop where there's a nice wooden bench out front where you can sit and people watch include soft serve ice cream, shakes, smoothies, malts, floats, freezes and ice blended drinks, hot fudge or ice cream sundaes, banana splits, brownie sundaes, drum sticks, Balboa bars and a variety of ice cream flavors. For more serious eating, there's also cheese on a stick, hot dogs, corn dogs and pretzels.

Located on the quintessential Main Street USA, frozen bananas are easy to spot because of the huge sign at the small shop with a window front guests order from.

Sugar & Spice,

310 Marine Ave.

Balboa, CA

Call: (949) 675-8907



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