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gregb Aug 6, 2009 07:47 AM

Can someone enlighten me as to what this egg custard flavor is? It's orange, has a vanilla flavor to it, and goes great with marshmallow, but that's all I know!

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    umphilly Aug 6, 2009 10:21 AM

    I, too, have been wondering what this flavor is, GregB. Had my first ever snoball at a charming little stand in the parking lot of a liquor store across the Pulaski highway from Chaps last weekend. It was explained to me that this was the "classic" flavor, but I was left to wonder what the flavor actually was. Anyone have thoughts here?

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        MikeR Aug 7, 2009 04:24 AM

        Could this be something like what Rita's Water Ice sells as a "Gelati?" It's their flavored ice slush with a scoop of frozen custard. They certainly have orange ice, their custard is pretty rich and eggy, but I don't remember about toppings. They probably have marshmallow.

        There are several in the DC area:


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          onocoffee Aug 7, 2009 06:50 AM

          It could be something like Rita's, but it's not.

          Egg Custard is Baltimore's Number One snowball flavor. It's a blend of vanilla and caramel that tastes similar in nature to creme brulee. Creme Brulee on ice, so to speak.

          It easily outsells other flavors 4 to 1 at any snowball joint in Baltimore. But is unheard of and practically non-existent outside of Baltimore.

          If you're looking to taste a good representation of what Egg Custard is all about, seek out snowball/shave ice stands using syrups manufactured by a company called Kavern. Their syrups and their ingredients are very high quality and are vastly superior to the other syrup company, KoldKiss.

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            gregb Aug 7, 2009 09:37 AM

            YES! Finally, someone who knows a little more about the egg custard flavor! I'm not sure I get the carmel, but that doesn't make it any less fantastic!

            Onocoffee, do you know any places in or around the city that use Kavern? I can't say I have ever paid much attention to the brand of the syrup, but I hate to think what I have been getting is not the best of what an Egg Custard snoball has to offer.

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              MikeR Aug 7, 2009 01:53 PM

              Aha! So "egg custard" is a flavor, like lemon or mango or gazoozleberry. No actual custard involved. I don't normally go for snowballs, but I'll occasionally get a fruit ice at Rita's. I think that Rita's makes the ice with the flavor already in it rather than pouring syrup over a mound of clear ice.

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                ivysmom Aug 7, 2009 04:22 PM

                Exactly MikeR. Egg Custard snowball is just a flavor. It is supposed to taste like cooked custard - something like vanilla pudding. A real, cooked egg custard contains milk, sugar, vanilla (and egg). Heating the milk, egg and sugar gives it a slight caramel flavor. This is what the snowball flavor is trying to replicate - notes of caramel and vanilla.
                OK, fine, now I'm outta here on a snowball run !!

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              amaebi Aug 7, 2009 09:09 PM

              Can someone else also tell me about the "skylite" flavor of snowballs? It's definitely a Baltimore thing. Is it a fruity flavor or what?!

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                onocoffee Aug 7, 2009 10:43 PM

                Gregb- I think most places that use Kavern syrups are in the surrounding counties, but I could be wrong. For sure, you can go to Kavern's original snowball shop on B&A Boulevard in Pasadena or to their Tastee Zone on Edmonson Avenue in Catonsville.

                Amaebi - Skylite is another Baltimore flavor. It's essentially blue raspberry.

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                  Woof Woof Woof Aug 8, 2009 02:11 AM

                  Actually, Baltimore is known for using Kold Kiss snowball syrups. In fact, the factory is right Downtown. http://koldkiss.com/
                  To the Original Poster George, Go pick up a whole bottle or two. They are not expensive at all. I mean compared to what you pay at the stands for one dinky styrofoam cup + marshmallow goo (Somtimes they don't even give you enough syrup and want to charge you extra!).
                  Crush your Ice in your Cuisinart. They are very good syrups. And you can have snowballs all summer ;)

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                    onocoffee Aug 9, 2009 06:02 PM

                    You're right, Baltimore is known for KoldKiss syrups, but place Kavern and KoldKiss next to each other and taste them for yourself. You won't have any questions which is the superior product and which makes the superior snowball.

                    And Kavern's warehouse and manufacturing is on O'Donnell Street east of Brewer's Hill but under the bridge.

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                      wizard_of_snowball Apr 16, 2011 06:43 PM

                      I was searching for Kavern business online and could not locate any info. I am not sure what type of operation they are runnning since in 2011 they do not have a website. I did locate website for Kodkiss that have over 80 snow cone syrup flavors available in the store and on their website http://www.snowballcone.com

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                        bmorecupcake Apr 19, 2011 09:54 AM

                        My local snoball stand -- Tastee Zone in Catonsville -- serves some Kavern syrups. They even have a big Kavern logo on the front of the shop and many people mistakenly call them Kavern. Maybe you can ask them. Make sure you don't confuse it with Opie's, another snoball stand just a a hop and skip down the street. Opie's assembles their own syrups, but I prefer Kavern.


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                          wizard_of_snowball Apr 23, 2011 08:30 AM

                          Thank you for your reply. Based on my preliminary research I understand that Kaverns syrup are sugar based while Koldkiss syrup is fructose based.

                          I think from the health prospective sugar is not that great. I even check Ketchup from my refrigerator to check ingredients and they have fructose corn syrup same as Cola, etc.

                2. re: amaebi
                  baltoellen Aug 8, 2009 05:23 AM

                  It's blue raspberry. In fact, I once got a skylight snowball at a festival in Rockville, and it was unimaginatively called blue raspberry. Can you even imagine?!?

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