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Frozen Custard in SD or OC area

beth1 Sep 24, 2009 05:05 PM

Does anyone know of anywhere selling frozen custard in the San Diego or Orange County? It seems to be a rare commodity here. Or I could just be overlooking it.

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    ekomega Dec 20, 2009 12:23 AM

    Sadly, no. I have been waiting for a place to open for years. I only get my fix when I visit my family in Texas every year, and I really look forward to it.

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      Sarsa Sep 25, 2009 09:20 PM

      Theron's Frozen Custard in Redlands is pretty good. They have two flavors, vanilla and chocolate, plus a seasonal flavor. They also have fuit and mix-ins.

      Only open Thurs-Sunday 11-8


      1. monku Sep 25, 2009 06:13 AM

        Some reason frozen custard will never catch on in Southern California.
        My favorite used to be a place called Lickity Split which started in El Segundo and they added a few branches and was gone a year or so later.

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          RB Hound Sep 25, 2009 02:59 PM

          Five plus years ago, there was a place in Poway called True Hearts Frozen Custard (you can find it in the Chowhound Wayback machine). They had a honest to goodness frozen custard, but it was important to get a fresh batch (the stuff just doesn't age that well). Near the end, they were just another "cold stone ice cream" place, with vanilla and chocolate custard around just to stay honest to their name.

          The odd thing is that in many ways, the whole cold stone ice cream idea was almost a manual, more complex version of what was done in the custard machines with the more complex flavors. I think the reason why it doesn't catch on is the name. A lot of people simply think that "frozen custard" is what they commonly know as custard, frozen. Many that try it end up preferring it to ice cream, but point out "this isn't custard."

          It's funny how these things run in phases, though. Since that time, many of the cold stone ice cream places have closed shop, too, only to be replaced by the ubiquitous frozen yogurt stands. Hmmmm...

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            monku Sep 25, 2009 03:18 PM

            RE: FROZEN YOGURT
            Is it my imagination or is frozen yogurt having some kind of resurgence with the Korean yogurt places like Pinkberry. I remember fro-yo joints like TCBY and a bunch of others.

            I hate frozen yogurt but I liked frozen custard from Lickity Split. Still have to get to Stricklands even though it isn't frozen custard, sounds like a great place for ice cream.

            1. re: monku
              RB Hound Sep 25, 2009 04:43 PM

              "Is it my imagination or is frozen yogurt having some kind of resurgence with the Korean yogurt places like Pinkberry."

              No, it is not your imagination. What these places have is far different than what you'd get at the TCBY places, in my opinion. Over five of them have popped up in the UTC area alone in the past few years, which is hardly a surprise.

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            culinarycandy Dec 19, 2009 02:31 AM

            Under the name "custard", yes, you are correct, it will never make it. However, for now there is only Theron's in Redlands as mentioned below, which is the real deal with the real machine and the real Wisconsin dairy ingredients. Well worth the drive, since Neilsen's in Henderson, NV is the next-closest high-quality frozen custard to SoCal.
            There is a shop called Silky Smooth which was open for about 5 years in LA, and will be reopening soon. They also sell genuine fresh frozen custard, but ditched the name years ago. Stay tuned...

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              monku Dec 19, 2009 05:22 AM

              Next closest would be Luv-It Frozen Custard since 1973 near the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. It's the real deal.


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                Harry Nile Dec 19, 2009 05:56 AM

                Sheridan's Frozen Custard ( www.sheridansfrozencustard.com ) is also in Henderson. I can't find an ingredients list on their Web site, their explanation of the differences between ice cream and frozen custard doesn't mention eggs, and I've never thought it actually was frozen custard. Nevertheless, it is good. I haven't been to the Henderson branch, but I had good Sheridan's sundaes last summer at locations near Dallas and Kansas City. We need one in Southern California, so try it the next time you're in Vegas, and send the company a note if you agree.

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              Encinitan Sep 24, 2009 08:24 PM

              Jimmi's Red Hots located near the Carlsbad Mall in north Carlsbad apparently serves frozen custard. I haven't tried their's yet, but I intend to when I happen to be in the neighborhood.


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                jackattack Sep 24, 2009 06:23 PM

                Strickland's in Irvine. They call it ice cream because nobody around here knows what Frozen custard is.


                Dont' forget to let us know how you liked it!

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                  tanzbodeli Sep 24, 2009 07:04 PM

                  I was excited to think there was real frozen custard in SoCal when I saw this thread. I moved here from Wisconsin, and Strickland's appeared similar to many of the custard places back there, but on further examination:

                  This is the ingredient list posted on their website for the Vanilla Ice Cream:

                  Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Whey, Mono &
                  Diglycerides, Dextrose, Cellulose Gum, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Carrageenan,
                  Vanilla, Vanillin, and Annatto Color.

                  Unless they are leaving something out of that list, it's not frozen custard. Custard must have egg yolks in it, right?

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                    cstr Sep 25, 2009 05:59 AM

                    Yup, it's got to have eggs in it to be the real deal.

                  2. re: jackattack
                    Harry Nile Dec 19, 2009 02:41 AM

                    See other thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664946 for further information on Strickland's "custard."

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                    Cathy Sep 24, 2009 05:45 PM

                    Niederfranks makes one or two flavors, seasonally.

                    The website lists stores and restaurants that sell their ice creams.


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