The weather is finally starting to warm up* and with warm weather comes the triumphant return of the custard files!
The custard masters at Shake Shack must be reading our dream journals because chocolate peanut butter pretzel is something out of our collective subconscious. As we have learned before, the custard flavors with chunks–cake, cookies, doughnuts– cannot be blended into shake form (Julianna takes some issue with this, citing cookies and cream milkshakes as an example of blendable chunks) so we both went with a single scoop in a cup.
Since this was our first custard date of 2011 we decided to splurge and get lunch as well, so by the time we got to our custard it had gotten a nice and gooey. The general consensus was this was the most custard-y custard we have had to date. Often the line between frozen custard and ice cream isn’t particularly apparent, but in this case the rich egg-y goodness that makes frozen custard so tasty was front and center. The chocolate peanut butter custard almost had a mouse-like texture to it and the pretzel bites were nicely distributed. The general consensus was that this custard was pretty close to perfect.
That previously mentioned richness, however conquered Vanessa, and she was very sadly unable to finish her scoop (this might have had something to do with the burger and fries she had just eaten). Julianna, on the other hand, was wishing she had had the forethought to order it as a concrete with caramel added.
After much debate we give it a 4.75, but add some caramel and this thing would be OFF THE SCALE.
*after all the snow we had this winter 45 degrees is AWESOME.
Rating: 4.75 (julianna’s 4.5 and Vanessa’s 5)
Sadly Vanessa was unavailable for taste testing on Sunday, I had to call up a few guest testers. Raquel, Kristen and I already had plans to see Nortorius and Notable at the Museum of the City of New York, so this seemed like a good time to check out the new Upper East Side location of Shake Shack.
To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the new location. It was super crowded and the subterranean garden level feel of it is a little unsettling. The garden seating is nice however, and gives you a little more of the Madison Square Park feel.
But really, the issue at hand is Figs & Honey Custard. Both my taste testers risked lactoses intolerance induced upset stomach to try the custard, and i think the general consensus was if it made anyone sick it would be well worth it. The fig flavor was right on, although not too over powering, and the honey added sweetness without fighting with the fig and complementing the richness of the custard. It definitely tasted like pureed figs had been used.
I thought it would taste extra great in a milkshake, giving a light smoothie like quality to the drink. Kristen and Raquel recoiled at the idea of more milk though, understandable I guess. I couldn’t really think of anything that would have improved it, not even salt or peanut butter!
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.