Downtown Berkeley will get ice cream-stuffed donuts

San Francisco’s Milkbomb Ice Cream will take over the downtown Berkeley Ici location.

Two Milkbomb donuts stuffed with ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and sprinkles
San Francisco-based Milkbomb Ice Cream will open a store in downtown Berkeley. Photo: Milkbomb/Facebook

This is a really good week for Berkeley ice cream fans. Yesterday, we found out the former IciĀ Ice Cream shop in Elmwood will become a new Berkeley outpost for Humphry Slocombe, and today, we found out another ice cream business is takingĀ over the secondĀ IciĀ location (2079 University Ave.) in downtown Berkeley.

According toĀ Eater,Ā San Francisco’s Milkbomb Ice Cream will make its first foray into the East Bay with this second location in Berkeley.Ā The original Milkbomb was opened in 2017 in Potrero Hill by owners Jan-Michael Manuel and Marion Valenzuela. The business offers a wide array of ice cream flavors, but is best known for its over-the-top ice cream donut sandwiches that can be loaded with a varietyĀ of sauces, sprinkles and other toppings. For the donut averse, Milkbomb also serves scoops in milkshakes, cups, or cones, which come in flavors like red velvet, lavender, birthday cake, green tea and charcoal.

Milkbomb has not yet announced an opening date, but it will be joining another ice cream donut sandwich business expanding into the East Bay. I Scream DonutsĀ plans to openĀ the first week of March in Temescal. While you wait for those two to open, you can head to Castro Valley’sĀ Milk and Cookie BarĀ for donut ice cream sandwiches, or closer to home, there’s Vegan Donut Gelato, just east of Lake Merritt, which serves a dairy and egg-free gelato donut sandwichĀ andĀ Sweet Belly in Uptown Oakland, which serves ice cream topped with mini donuts.

Sarah Han is Senior Editor, Nosh of Berkeleyside and Oaklandside. Email: