Jedd's Frozen Custard
Jedd's Frozen Custard Patisserie Cafe opened yesterday and I stopped by to check it out today. Towards the front of the cafe is a display with bread, baguettes, macarons and patisseries from Thuet. They also had cookies, brownies, lemon tarts, deep dish pies and a couple of non-descript cakes in the display, along with some uninspired looking sandwiches.
Towards the back are the coffee and custard machines. They currently have three flavours, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry custard. You can order plain scoops of custard or more extravagant concoctions like banana splits, milkshakes, espresso affogato, some peanut butter thing and sundaes with homemade fruit toppings (mango, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple etc.) and fun stuff like crushed oreos, peanuts, M&M's, etc. Apparently they make the fruit toppings in a kitchen on Mt Pleasant somewhere.
I ordered a chocolate sundae with a thick luscious, raspberry topping and oreo cookie bits. I've never had custard before so nothing to compare with but it was just meh for me. It was fairly thick with a very smooth texture but I found the chocolate flavour wasn't intense enough - could be the way it's supposed to be but I would prefer a scoop of Cioccolato al Peperoncino from Il Gelatiere. The raspberry topping was the best part - large chunks of fruit and not too sweet. I also had a taste of the vanilla and it was kinda grainy. One small scoop of custard with toppings was $4.25, tax not included.
They also sell 1/2 litre containers of custard to take home for $9. Once they get going they plan on creating a wide range of flavours.
During this opening weekend, they are giving out free (tiny) samples of the custard and free cups of coffee.
Here's the link to the site but there's nothing there except the address.
The only thing I'm happy with is that I now have quick access to good bread and baguettes from Thuet and Jules via la Boheme.
647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA
I also stopped in en route to Sporting Life this week-end. Here's the, ahem, scoop:
I met Jedd, a very friendly guy. As the story goes, he apparently lived in Wisconsin for years where frozen custard is a big deal (I think it originated from Coney Island??). Anyway, when he moved up here, he missed his little treats and so went to study the proper way of making it. With more egg in the recipe, it has a lower freezing point and so there are less ice crystals and therefore an uber creamy product. Apparently, this is the first frozen custard machine in all of Canada.
I tried the free samples. Like Degustation, I've never had custard before and I agree that the chocolate was just meh - not enough intensity to it. I liked the vanilla better and the raspberry the best (the raspberry was white!). Not sure that any of them blew me away but the staff was very nice, the toppings are fun and I gotta give props to anyone trying something new so I'd definitely try it again. Next time I'll take the kids who will go gaga for the toppings.
Yeah - he said something like there was no artificial colouring used and that's why it was white but unless they've used white raspberries, not sure why this would be - I was in a bit of a hurry at that point so I stopped asking questions...:)
I will also add that they were very solicitous of feedback in the hopes of improving the product in the coming weeks. I'd be curious for a true custard afficionado - embee, is this up your alley? - to check it out and respond back.
re: peppermint pate
I tried this place this afternoon. Jedd served me a sample of each flavour: vanilla, chocolate and caramel. They all tasted rather similar, nothing distinct enough to stand out. I chose the caramel and redeemed the free coupon from his website http://www.jeddsfrozencustard.com/dow... (valid until August 1st, I think) for a full portion. Then I asked where they get their baked goods from. The girl at the counter didn't know, just that they come "from outside", but Jett told me they are from Marc Thuet. So I bought an oversize banana muffin that was quite delicious, even better when I got it home and spread some peanut butter on top. Oh yeah, Jedd said they always have vanilla and chocolate frozen custard; the 3rd flavour changes every day. And as the summer wears on, he will have another machine that makes 3 more flavours, so he's looking forward to offering 6 per day. I'll be back to try more, especially that white raspberry.
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I also was there on the opening day. They were serving free coffee and custard samples. I didn't have the custard, but ordered a croissant which was stale, and got charged for the "free" coffee. haha!
I've been there since, and I don't mind the place, but I think I prefer La Boheme just across the street.