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Ice Cream Donut Shop Opens in State College

by and on February 17, 2018 1:38 PM

By Anthony Colucci and Geoff Rushton

Lovers of ice cream and warm donuts can now enjoy both together at a new shop in downtown State College.

About a month after hanging its sign at 426 E. College Ave., on the lower level of Greenwich Court, Happy Buns opened for business on Saturday morning.

Owner Ohm Kongtang explained to StateCollege.com in January that the donuts are handcrafted and customers will be able to pick what kind of ice cream they want in the middle and one or more toppings.

"It gets put into a machine that fuses the donut and the ice cream together, where it warms the donut up so you have a nice warm bun and the ice cream stays cold in the middle," he said.

THON weekend had been the target opening date for Happy Buns, and late Friday night, the owner and workers were putting the finishing touches on the inside of the restaurant, which has a sleek, laid back feel.

The variation of ice cream flavors at Happy Buns is influenced by pop culture and local favorites. Flavors include “Cuppa Joe Pa,” “Rocky’s Road,” and “Don’t Be Salty.”

State College has seen a spate of trendy new desert shops, with Momotaro Thai ice cream at 220 W. College Ave. and Peace, Love & Little Donuts at 421 E. Calder Way both opening in 2017 and Duck Donuts planning to open soon at 125 S. Fraser St.

Happy Buns adds a new twist, Kongtang said.

"It’s definitely a different concept and first of its kind in State College," he said. "We’re trying to bring some new, modern ideas to the community."



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.


Anthony Colucci is a writer for Onward State
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