Monday, August 8, 2016

Celebrating Small Businesses | August 8th is National Frozen Custard Day

Sunday, 5PM: This has never happened before.....I'm sitting here researching frozen custard. Partly because the official holiday celebrating something cold sounds awesome and partly because if there's a chance to spin a holiday into a reason for YOU to tell us about your favorite local places, then we are ON IT.

And you know what I'm finding? Not much! Frozen custard apparently is not a widely-found product.....perhaps it's not mass-produced, which would make us love it more. It appears that most frozen custard icons, shops and long-time businesses are independents, often following a family recipe from decades or generations before. Are we right? Do you disagree? Comment and let us know your take on Frozen Custard so we can all celebrate correctly!

Monday 10AM: Well, I didn't get a lot of participation in my survey questions so i went and did my own research (which is of course, generally the best way to find out answers).

Here's the scoop: National Frozen Custard Day is celebrated each year on August 8th. How the holiday itself came to be established is still a mystery to me as most sites which offer some info on the date also conclude that "the origins of this day are unknown". So we'll just let that part go for now.

What is it? Similar to ice cream, but frozen custard is made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar. It's said that a pair of enterprising ice cream vendors, Archie and Elton Kohr, invented frozen custard on Coney Island, New York in 1919 when they found that adding egg yolks to ice cream created a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer. Check out some Frozen Custard factoids:

  • *The Kohr brothers sold 18,640 cones on their first weekend on the boardwalk.
  • *A 1933 World’s Fair frozen custard stand, in Chicago, helped introduce it to a wider audience.
  • *Milwaukee, Wisconsin became known as the “unofficial frozen custard capital of the world.”
  • *-The United States Food and Drug Administration requires frozen custard products to contain at least 10 percent milk fat and 1.4 percent egg yolk solids.
  • *Frozen custard is commonly prepared fresh at the place of sale. Source

And then there's this: "Today’s five things to know about custard"
  • Custard bases may also be used for quiches and other savory foods.
  • Depending on how much egg or thickener is used, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce (crème anglaise), to a thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs.
  • Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk.
  • The most common custards are used as desserts or dessert sauces and typically include sugar and vanilla.
  • Sometimes flour, corn starch, or gelatin is added as in pastry cream or creme patissiere. Source

What really matters here? We think it's that this dessert and this day are quite often connected to long-time, family-owned, beloved local establishments. And since in many places across the country people can enjoy frozen custard at an independent mom and pop type place, we think it falls into the category of a "date to celebrate local businesses". And here are some that we have found!

Campbells Frozen Custard from Woodbridge, Virginia

"We make fresh custard all day. We have amazing milk shakes, sundaes, cones, and quarts all made to order. Our fresh custard is dense, smooth and as good as it gets!"

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From Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois - Andy's Frozen Custard

"Andy's Frozen Custard has always been fanatical about frozen custard, and has served it with pride since 1986. For over two decades, only the freshest ingredients have been used for a frozen custard experience you can’t get anywhere else."

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Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats from Washington, DC

"Goodies is Washington D.C.’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery” paying homage to the Rock & Roll era. We pride ourselves on creating and serving old-fashioned Frozen Custard and treats made with 100% love in our 60 year-old “Made in America” Metro Van."

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Spelunker's Frozen Custard & Cavern Burgers from Front Royal, Virginia

"Whether people dine in or drive-thru they love Spelunker’s because we use only the freshest and finest ingredients. Our burgers are ground fresh and hand made everyday from 100% ground beef. Our cones and shakes are made from delicious silky smooth frozen custard and our fries are cut fresh, never frozen and cooked to golden perfection."

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Massey's Frozen Custard from Carlisle, PA

Since they don't write up a lot about themselves I decided to just go with basics and as they do, simply list the flavors. "Hand dipped Flavors for August 7, 2016: Chocolate • Vanilla • Raspberry • Cookie Dough • Mint Oreo • Nutter Butter • Peach Cobbler • Brownie • Cookies n cream • Birthday cake • Soft Serve Flavors: Chocolate • Vanilla • Teaberry • Diet Sugar Free Low Fat (These Flavors are also Gluten Free): Chocolate • Vanilla • Coffee • Butter Pecan • Lactose Free: Blue Raspberry

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Van's Frozen Custard from East Dundee, IL

"Van's Frozen Custard is a family-owned business committed to serving only the best product to their customers. In addition to providing our customers with locally sourced, high quality foods and frozen treats we support the community that has helped us to become a Dundee staple. We frequently host fundraisers for local schools and sports teams, as well as donate our time and custard at community events."

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