Three’s a Trend: Italian Ice Custards

Colorful Italian ice custards are popping up all over Orange County. Sorbet-like ice is paired with silky cream custards and, for about $3, you choose from seemingly endless combinations, including flavors and toppings. With a little experience, you’ll discover your favorites. Here are our go-to shops.

CONFETTI Confetti offers custard options such as Thai Tea and N.Y. Cheesecake, and ice flavors such as watermelon, lemon, and green apple. A suggested-combos list makes the choices easier. 1175 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714-545-1175

KUPS The spot earns points for offering the coveted Dole Whip pineapple custard we know from Disneyland. Combine with your choice of Kups’ fruity ices and you have a guaranteed refresher. 9348 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 714-891-3525

FROSTBITES We like the fresh bits of coconut and raspberry seeds in these made-on-site ices. Be sure to try the chocolate custard. 2801 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714-444-2988; 9111 Valley View St., Cypress, 714-484-1577,

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