Beginning Thursday, Afters Ice Cream will be selling new items in collaboration with Hello Kitty. The pairing of these two undeniably sweet things will result in two flavors: Yummy Strawberry Cake and Mama’s Apple Pie.
According to OC Weekly, the apple pie flavor will have a vanilla ice cream base, with apple sauce, apple pie filling, and cinnamon. The strawberry cake flavor will also use a vanilla base, with fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake crumbles, and “house-made strawberry swirl.” Both flavors are available in cone, Hello Kitty cup, or in Afters’ signature “milky bun” (a warm, glazed donut bun stuffed with frozen ice cream).
The launch of the collaboration will take place Thursday night at Afters’ Irvine location. Attendees will get a limited edition tee-shirt and the chance to meet Hello Kitty. According to FoodBeast, the Irvine location has already been decked out in full Hello Kitty decor (re: bubblegum pink).
Following the launch, the flavors will be available at all Afters Ice Cream locations through the end of August.
Hello Kitty (and Sanrio, more broadly) has been popping up in food places around the Southland quite frequently lately. In April, a Hello Kitty cafe pop-up opened in Arcadia. Last year, Sanrio teamed up with burger purveyors Plan Check for a series of Sanrio-themed items. And in 2015, the Hello Kitty cafe made its North American debut in Irvine.
LAist reached out to Afters, but has not heard back by publication.