A Break from Shake Shack

We don’t have a new Shake Shack custard review for last week because Julianna might have over indulged in desserts a bit that weekend.  She went to visit a friend in Philadelphia and discovered the delight that is the Franklin Fountain!

For her review of the Franklin Fountain she had two helpers, Jenny and Leslie.

The server was very nice and let us try a few flavors before we made our selections. We ended up with a cherry bomb (chocolate ice cream in cherry soda), a scoop of peach, and a scoop of ginger. We also tried teaberry, cotton candy, chocolate mint, and banana.

Julianna enjoyed her cherry bomb, although the cherry soda tasted pretty medicine-y at first.  It was better after the ice cream melted more.  The teaberry also had a taste that brought back childhood memories of that pink penicillin.   The cotton candy was VERY sweet. The fruit flavors (banana, peach, and ginger) were strong, but in an awesome way. And the chocolate mint was more mint than chocolate.  All and all we gave the Franklin Fountain high marks. But it isn’t subject to the regular scale since it’s not someplace we can return to often to try new flavors.

Leslie returned to New York with us. On Sunday, after she and Julianna took and ill advised NOON walk over the Williamsburg Bridge, Julianna’s iPhone led them to Lulu and Mooky’s Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Shop.

This place was exciting for two reasons. The first, SCIENCE! they use liquid nitrogen to cool your ice cream or fruit puree. The second, they have an incredible selection of flavors, which you can select from to basically make anything you want. Julianna went with Peach and Honey Ice Cream and Leslie selected Passion Fruit and Pomegranate puree.  Both were delicious, but they do inflate the price a bit for the novelty of it. We think it’s worth the occasional visit, but nothing to go out of your way for.


June 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Guest Reviewers. 3 comments.

The Custard Files: Honey Roasted Peanut

This review is full of bias,  as Julianna loves all peanut-y things (boiled, buttered, roasted, curry, what have you).  It is not uncommon to catch her eating peanut butter with a spoon.

The honey roasted peanut custard is awesome.  Just the right mix of salty and sweet , and almost like eating cold peanut butter with a spoon. We tried both the milkshake and the custard, and decided that  it might have been the best custard flavor yet. Vanessa had been in a seriously bad mood, but this custard drastically improved her state of mind. Yay!

However, there is one thing that can always improve peanut sweets, and that is chocolate. Julianna found this to be true when she got a hop scotch concrete (custard, hot caramel sauce, chocolate toffee and valrhona chocolate chunks)  made with the Honey Roasted Peanut  custard and took it to her boyfriend, Peter.  Talk about awesome.  She described it as “like the candy bar of my dreams made in to frozen custard.” Peter was a harder sell, giving it a 3.5 out of 5.

Rating:  4.5

June 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , . The Custard Files. Leave a comment.

The Custard Files: Coffee and Doughnuts

Did you know today, June 4th,  is national doughnut day?  If you find your mouth watering after this post you can wander over to a Dunkin’ Donuts or the single Manhattan Krispy Kreme  for  free doughnut.

We where pretty excited about coffee and doughnuts custard (according to the internets it is one of the most beloved custard flavors)  so we collectively willed yesterday’s predicted thunderstorms away.

While on line we debated over who would get the pure custard and who would get the milkshake. Julianna was hesitant to get the  milkshake, thinking that coffee and doughnuts might mean doughnut CHUNKS, and she didn’t want to repeat the disappointment of the Oreo (TM) crumbles-lacking mud pie milkshake.  So Vanessa took one for the team.  She was foiled, however, when the cashier informed her that because of the doughnut chunks, it couldn’t be blended into a milkshake! The cashier suggested she get a  concrete (Shake Shack’s version of a Blizzard or Flurry) instead.

The coffee and doughnuts flavor is coffee frozen custard with chunks of cinnamon-and-sugar doughnuts throughout.  Vanessa was pretty please with hers, although the concrete is basically three scoops of ice cream slightly blended with you mix-ins (in this case, doughnuts), so she was super-full (as in, she ended up skipping dinner).  The combination of the coffee custard plus the doughnuts became overpoweringly sweet, although it was refreshing when you hit  a large chunk of doughnut with lots of cinnamon on it. (We kind of wished they had added a bit of cinnamon to the actual custard).

We did wonder, however, what the coffee custard would have been like in shake form, perhaps it could be served with a doughnut on the side?  Julianna had been hoping for something more like a plain glazed Krispy Kreme (being from the south she is rather partial to a warm Krispy Kreme) so she was disappointed.

All in all, in the end Julianna decided she would rather get a Peter Pan doughnut and and ice coffee.  Vanessa was pleased, although next time she is skipping the conrete in favor of a smaller portion.

Rating: 2.5 (average of a 2 from julianna and a 3 from vanessa)

June 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , . The Custard Files. Leave a comment.