First, some descriptions:
cowboy pie is dark chocolate, butterscotch chips, dried coconut, and toasted pecans in a graham cracker crust.
pig pickin’ pie-peanut-butter pie which is studded with chunks of roasted peanuts, ripe banana and dark chocolate ganache.
If you have ever had a 7-layer bar (also known as a hello dolly bar, or at julianna’s house CRACK). Cowboy pies is basically just that in a 3 inch pie crust. Vanessa was the primary taste tester on this one. She thought it was tasty,but a little too sweet. If you have ever made a 7 layer bar you know that it is held together with butter and sweetened condenses milk. In a three inch cup pie form that turns into a WHOLE LOTTA SUGAR.
This variety of Pig Pickin’ Pie seems to be something that only exists at Hill Country Chicken. An internet search revealed something else called pig pickin’ cake that sounds about as vile as possible. Fortunately the pie of the same name at HCC isn’t nearly so gross. Julianna was the primary taster on this one, and as we already know how much she loves peanuts, she was a little biased and it was a big hit! She wouldn’t have complained if it had had a bit more chocolate ganache on top though.
There was a lot of anticipation for this flavor. Both Vanessa and I LOVE coconut and caramel-y things. Vanessa had memories of a dessert at a DC tex mex restaurant called “cajeta” that was a coconut caramel-y treat and she was hoping that the custard would replicate that. I just can’t ever get enough coconut in my life, so I was excited.
We split a milkshake and in an effort to replicate the cajeta we created a concrete of the custard with walnuts (we would have preferred pecans), caramel, and coconut. The milkshake didn’t pack as much of a coconut-y punch as we would have liked, and the caramel was a bit too sweet. The concrete also could have used more coconut. It was good– but not good enough. It could have used more coconut flakes and maybe a saltier caramel. The bites of pure custard in the concrete however, were pretty awesome, so we thing we should have gone with custard over a milkshake this time.
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.
On Fridays in May the Shake Shack’s special flavor is salted caramel, and it was this flavor that inspired The Custard Files project. Sadly, we only tried it in milkshake form so we can’t give it a complete review. Also, we forgot to take a picture. So imagine a light-brown frozen custard blended into a delicious milkshake. That’s right, I said delicious. Tastes like what it is, salty and sweet. Good, but like most good, rich things, you don’t want to eat too much of it.
Since you only have two more opportunities to eat on a Friday (and possibly forever, since Shake Shack’s custard calendar rotates), we say, “DO IT! it’s like a million degrees outside, don’t you want a milkshake?”
Rating: 3.5 (averaged on julianna’s 4 and vanessa’s 3)