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Apr 26, 2009 06:57 PM

Bird's Custard - MSP

Now that World Market is no longer in this area, anyone know of a place to buy Bird's brand custard? With the rhubarb on its way, it will be important to have some Bird's on hand for a tasty treat of stewed rhubard and custard. Cold and hot, tart and sweet... mmm that will be delicious!

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  1. Well I'm asking about Bird's, how about a bit more help on some other british treats: All Sorts

    I'm not sure where to find these around MSP either. Ideally it would be something other than bassetts, as I'm not a fan of some of their newer "sorts". I'm looking for the classic assortment. round cylinder of molasses and licorice; triple white stacker; double pink, orange and brown stackers; round cylinder filled with white; pink and blue jellies; and the big pink and yellow discs with licorice center.

    The new ones have a pink and licorice checkered piece, a white, yellow, white stacker, and bernie bassett. While good isn't quite the same.

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    1. re: babaoriley7

      How about Irish on Grand for Bird's custard?

      I don't know what "all sorts" is, I'm afraid. Is it a candy?

      Irish Indeed has some stuff, too.

      Here's a thread from earlier in the year where katebauer was looking for Golden Syrup. I don't know if some of the places that carried that might also have your "all sorts".


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        All sorts are a British licorice treat. Most of them have a combination of chewy licorice and uber sweet coconut/sugar.. creamy while still a bit gritty. A bit hard to describe.

    2. It's so funny - I must be the Cub cheerleader here - I find they often carry imports that are difficult to find elsewhere. I have seen Bird's custard at the Cub on University in St. Paul, and the one on Lake street sounds like they also have a good international section. Not all Cubs do.

      1. What *is* Bird's custard? What does it taste like and what form is it in? Ready-made or a mix? A soft pudding type of thing or an ice cream?

        Just curious.

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        1. re: karykat

          Mmmmm....Bird's. Bird's can be purchased in either powder form or ready-made in a can. In my own opinion only, one would never buy the powder if one is able to find the can, which yields a sunshine yellow custard that is midway in consistency between jello pudding and soft serve ice cream (the good kind, not the grainy kind, and not cold). It is generally served slightly warmed over desserts like sticky toffee pudding, treacle tart or, as the OP mentioned, stewed fruit. Or, if I am the one buying it, it is generally served at room temperature straight out of the can (which I why I always buy an extra for immediate comfort). To my mind, it is not as delicious as custard freshly made on the stove-top, but it beats store bought pudding (and even some homemade puddings) all to heck. Its flavor is richer than (though along the same lines as) an eggy vanilla pudding, but not as rich as a fresh custard.

          1. re: planetjess

            It was developed as an eggless custard. I didnt realize there was a premade option, that is intriguing! have you found it in the Twin Cities?

            1. re: babaoriley7

              Unfortunately, I didn't discover Bird's until after I left the Cities, so I've never tried to buy it there. I should also clarify that I have no idea what is in it (probably plenty of artificial ingredients), so I don't know if there's any egg in there--I just think it's delicious. I know you can get the powder on the internet at Amazon, and there are a number of expat Brit shopping sites where you might be able to find the can...

              1. re: planetjess

                There's supposed to be no egg in it--the guy who created it developed it specifically to avoid eggs (due to allergies or some such)...

                No need to buy the powder on Amazon; the powder, at least, seems to be avaiable in the Twin Cities at one or two places, as per above posts.


                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Any idea if you can get the can anywhere in the Cities? I would suggest any number of convenience stores in England, but fear that that wouldn't be helpful....

                  Good piece of trivia about the egg--my clarification was more because I had used the word "eggy" in my post.

        2. Bird's Custard (the powder) is available at Lund's Uptown. I've never seen the pre-made stuff there (or anywhere for that matter).

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          1. re: bob s

            Too late for the OP's rhubarb, but it's at Lund's in St. Paul (Ford Pkwy), too.