This week I'm celebrating the state of Wisconsin, just because I can.
There is ice cream and there is frozen custard. Both are delicious.
When I'm Wisconsin-bound, I like to get my custard on!
Wisconsin Week: Frozen CustardWisconsin can't take the credit for creating frozen custard, but I see it there more often in WI than anywhere else. According to Wikipedia, a shop in Coney Island was the first commercial producer back in 1919. It made its way to the Midwest for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.
As you may know, it's not very far from Chicago to the Wisconsin border.
And it's not that far from the border to Milwaukee. Milwaukee totally got on board the frozen custard express.
Milwaukee has highest number of frozen custard shops per capita.
When I fly into Milwaukee, I'm committed to supporting these custard shops. My sister lived in Milwaukee for years and she's partial to Kopp's. So here I am, dragging from a red-eye flight from Hawaii to Wisconsin ready to take on the world now that I have custard in hand.
Fun facts about frozen custard:
- Per the FDA it must contain 10% milkfat, why do you think it tastes so rich and amazing?
- 1.4% egg yolk solids....if it's less than that, it's merely ice cream
- Butterfat and egg yolk give frozen custard it's creamy and dense texture
- Most custard shops serve vanilla, chocolate and a flavor of the day
Trivia from Wikipedia
If you can't make it to Wisconsin....other frozen custard spots I recommend:
- Denver: Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard - bonus, they offer Paw Benders for your furry friends
- Indianapolis: Ritter's Frozen Custard & Burgers
- Champaign, IL: Jarling's Custard Cup (totally brings back memories of college)
- Various locations: Culver's (based in Wisconsin, but has locations in other states)