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)
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.
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.
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!