As I mentioned in my donut recap, last week’s trip to Arlington was for the purpose of trying out some frozen custard. I had passed by Chilly Cow in Arlington Center at least a dozen times, but for some reason, up until last week, I’d never felt any inclination to try it out. The heat wave had me wanting something ice cream-like, and the idea of frozen custard, something I haven’t had many times, was suddenly very appealing.
According to Chilly Cow, frozen custard is defined as having at least 1.4% egg yolks by volume and has less air whipped into it during manufacturing than ice cream does. The end result is an extremely dense finished product. Chilly Cow also offers traditional ice cream, and on my first visit I tried one frozen custard, Chocolate Cookie, and one ice cream, Vanilla Brownie, which provided a nice side-by-side comparison. The frozen custard was noticeably more dense and with a richer, eggy texture. It was softer and more pliable, and noticeably less icy, than the ice cream.
I was smitten with the Chocolate Cookie variety in particular (at the bottom of the cup in the photo below). The combination of the chocolate base, small bits of chocolate cookie (not Oreo mind you) and the rich custard texture was stellar. I returned again this past weekend, knowing full well I was going to get the Chocolate Cookie custard again. This time I combined it with Coffee Oreo custard. Really though, I should have gotten over my need to always get two flavors, because I would have been happy with a cup of just the Chocolate Cookie.
The Coffee Oreo had the same luxuriously soft custard consistency with a strong coffee flavor, but the ratio of Oreo to custard was far too high. And that’s not something you’ll hear me say often. I usually love an abundance of crushed up cookie in my ice cream, but here, I felt all the Oreo took away from the wonderfulness of the frozen custard. And overall, more cookie means less actual custard. The cookie to custard ratio was far more acceptable in the Chocolate Cookie variety. So keep in mind, what you like in ice cream might not carry over to frozen custard. Moral of the story: frozen custard is a must-try for any ice cream aficionado.
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