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)
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.
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.
Julianna’s birthday was last week, so we felt like cake was in order. Vanessa had read about the opening of “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World” in Soho recently, we though this only appropriate for our first cake tasting.
We each ordered a slice. Julianna enjoys bitter chocolate, so she got the bittersweet (70% cocoa) and Vanessa ordered the original (53% cocoa). Apparently they also have a bitter, zero-sugar version lower calorie option but we didn’t see that.
When we ordered the server asked if we would like milk or coffee, Julianna thought that was a sign that we were in for a serious chocolate treat. Vanessa was less impressed. While we waited for our cake we noticed the girls next to us enthusiastically scraping their plates with their forks. in Julianna’s opinion this was another good sign.
The cake was delivered. Although its not the fanciest looking thing in the world, what it lacks in looks it makes up for in taste. The cake is composed of layers of chocolate meringue and chocolate mousse with a thin glaze of ganache. Vanessa argues that since it was flourless it was more of a torte than a cake, conjuring up the old pie v. cake debate. Julianna didn’t really care what they called it, she just wanted to eat more. Both the bitter sweet and the original are rather sweet and rich, despite that it was still light and not too filling (we guess the meringue helps keep it light). Neither of us were willing to give it the title of the best chocolate cake in the world, but we definitely thought it was delicious!
Rating: 4.25 (average of Julianna’s 5 and Vanessa’s 3.5)
While we were busy shoving our faces full of Boston Creme Pie on Wednesday, our dear friend Emily enjoyed a Black and White Milkshake from Shake Shack.
We spend so much time trying to sample the specials custards we dont get to give a lot of attention to the regular flavors, so it was nice to have Emily putting her two cents in.
She liked her Black and White milkshake, but it wasn’t what she had expected. A native of Florida, Emily was hoping for a milkshake in the vein of the Stake and Shake side by side with half vanilla and half chocolate ice cream, instead of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce through out. Despite her disappointment, she couldn’t argue with it’s deliciousness.