The Custard Files: Chocolate Chuckles

Chocolate Chuckles

Chocolate Chuckles

We were both excited and apprehensive about this flavor. Excited because it obviously contains chocolate, and anything that contains chocolate is a friend of ours. The apprehension we blame on 30 Rock–on the show, “chuckle” is a local delicacy of Stone Mountain, Georgia*, hometown of Kenneth the Page.  What is chuckle, you ask? Well, it’s gross, so click here for an explanation. Even though we are aware this doesn’t exist in real life (…right?), the similarity in name was a bit disconcerting. What made this custard so chuckle-y, we wondered???

We both got shakes and had different reactions. Julianna tasted super-chocolate, like chocolate custard blended with chocolate syrup, while Vanessa instantly tasted chocolate peanut butter.  After a few tastes, Julianna came around to Vanessa’s way of thinking. So there you have it, folks–Chocolate Chuckles is a fancy (and worrying?) way of saying chocolate peanut butter. While not the most innovative flavor, it was pretty satisfying.

Rating: 3.5 (average vanessa’s 4 and julianna’s 3)

*Author’s note: Although Stone Mountain is portrayed as Hicksville in the show, in real life it is actually a nice suburb of Atlanta. We very much doubt they eat chuckle there.


August 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . The Custard Files. 1 comment.

The Custard Files: “Standing Order” Concrete

This has been “Today’s Special” since at least April. Every week when we go to shake shack  I look longingly at the description of “vanilla custard mixed with real fresh strawberries and orange-poppy caramel.” August’s Monday Flavor is Salted Caramel and since we had already reviewed that, I decided it was time to try out this so-called special. Vanessa went a different route and we will have her review later.

The Standing Order

The Standing Order

Back to the “Standing Order,”  at first I was a little weird-ed out by the texture of the poppy seeds through out the caramel,  but they grew on me. The contrast of the citrus-y caramel with the vanilla and the fresh strawberries was awesome. I would have liked it if the strawberries had been a little more pulverized, because there is something a bit strange about the texture of a frozen strawberry. But that is a minor complaint, all and all, I would encourage you to try this special!

Rating: 4

August 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . The Custard Files. 3 comments.

The Custard Files: Cavaillon Melon

cavaillon melon

cavaillon melon

August is full of great sounding flavors! Melon! Basil! and if you missed it at the beginning of the summer, go back for Salted Caramel!

We decided to start august off with the Cavaillon Melon.  Julianna did a little bit of research and it seems that a Cavaillon Melon is more or less a fancy name for a small french cantaloupe. And like many things from France, it can only be called a Cavaillon if it comes from Cavaillon.  Since Shake Shack tries to obtain most of their ingredients from local producer’s, we hope these aren’t true Cavaillons.

On to the taste testing.

Vanessa had to be somewhere by 6 so we decided to just split a cup and walk to Union Square while we ate it. Although we both love melon and were excited to try this flavor, we were nervous about melon in a rich dairy  environment.  We tried to push our hesitation aside since we were recently proven wrong by Sweet Corn. Unfortunately, this was no Sweet Corn.  The custard was pretty enough, a  pale orange (Vanessa had been hoping for something a little brighter!). We are no super-tasters, but the initial taste seemed indistinguishable from cantaloupe. That would have been fine if it hadn’t been for the after taste.  Vanessa described it as such “vaguely medicinal, but not like Robitussin. More like when you get a pill stuck in your throat and it doesn’t have a sugar-coating, bitter.”  The custard  also left strange filmy feeling in your mouth, Julianna thought it  similar to the feeling  you get after eating a cheap doughnut, oily and chemical.  This all seemed odd since Shake Shack doesn’t use artificial flavors in their custards. We could only blame it on the combination of a strongly flavored melon and the rich eggy custard. Certain flavors just don’t mix well. Lets hope Basil works out better!

Rating: 1

August 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , . The Custard Files. 1 comment.

The Custard Files: Strawberry-Pistachio

For our last July tasting Vanessa wasn’t able to make it, so I had to request help from my friend Casey.

We were pretty excited about strawberry-pistachio,  it seemed like it would be a very refreshing treat since we have been having such a hot July. Casey went for the single dip of custard and I went all out for the milkshake.  Both the custard and the milkshake were tasty, sadly we were so overwhelmed by the flavor of the fresh strawberries that the pistachio was hardly noticeable.  Casey had been hoping for more of the salty pistachio to contrast with the sweet strawberry. I felt that the richness of the custard added to the overall taste, but I also would have like more of a pistachio flavor.

Rating: 3

August 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Guest Reviewers, The Custard Files. 1 comment.