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Shake Shack April 2011 Flavors - Any Must-Haves?

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tpigeon Apr 1, 2011 06:54 AM

Monday - Coconut Caramel

Tuesday- Strawberry Pistachio

Wednesday - Cheesecake Brownie

Thursday - Gianduja

Friday - Fluffernutter

Saturday - Pancakes and Bacon

Sunday - Carrot Cake

Pancakes and bacon sounds interesting...Gianduja sounds good. Also want to try fluffernutter.

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    FoodDabbler Apr 1, 2011 07:56 AM

    As I said last month, you're a good hound. As reliable as a good swiss clock. I'm not in Manhattan right now (have been there only six days in the last three weeks), but will be around more starting next week so will begin sampling the flavors.

    1. ellenost Apr 1, 2011 08:15 AM

      Thanks for posting the flavors; I saw the sign in the window this morning, and agree that pancakes and bacon, and gianduja sound great. Also interested in coconut caramel and cheesecake brownie. I'm going to be out of town next week (yearly visit to LV), but I look forward to trying them when I return.

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        tpigeon Apr 1, 2011 08:57 AM

        Just bring back some lotus of siam leftovers and all will be forgiven. Have a good trip.

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        ConOrama Apr 1, 2011 08:28 AM

        That sounds like an April Fools Joke, lol

        1. loratliff Apr 1, 2011 09:31 AM

          Pancakes and bacon? Wow! Can't decide if it sounds good or not. Although, strawberry pistachio sounds amazing.

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            tpigeon Apr 1, 2011 02:28 PM

            Fluffernutter is good but nothing special.

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              ellenost Apr 1, 2011 03:03 PM

              Wow! You must be psychic. I was just thinking of stopping at Shake Shack to try it. What does it taste like?

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                tpigeon Apr 1, 2011 07:47 PM

                Not psychic. Just live close to shake shack. I am a bit surprised you are interested in this flavor because the nutter is peanut butter. For me, the flavors were a bit too mild to make it great on both the marshmellow and peanut butter side.

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                  ellenost Apr 2, 2011 04:30 AM

                  Sorry, you're absolutely right that I wouldn't like it because of the peanut butter. I do love narshmallow fluff, but didn't realize the nut was peanut butter. Thanks for pointing this out.

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              kathryn Apr 1, 2011 04:14 PM

              Pancakes and bacon: my husband thought it tasted great and loved the pieces of fried bacon on top. I thought the custard itself tasted more like yellow cake. Fun and worth a try but not my thing.

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                tpigeon Apr 2, 2011 06:03 AM

                Did you try it last year or do you have some kind of shake shack super powers that allow you to try flavors early?

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                  kathryn Apr 2, 2011 08:19 AM

                  I tried it last year, they've done it 2-3 times now.

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                    tpigeon Apr 2, 2011 09:52 AM

                    I'm with your husband. I really liked it. The bacon is really salty though, you might want to mix it in to the custard before eating to balance it a bit more.

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                      ellenost Apr 3, 2011 03:09 PM

                      Just tried the Pancakes and Bacon (yesterday's flavor that was being sold by the pint and at a discount). While there were no pieces of bacon, the custard tasted completely like bacon which for me was wonderful! I'll try to get over to Shake Shack on another Saturday to see whether there are pieces of bacon when bought on Saturday. Very pleased with the "day old" Pancakes and Bacon.

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                        tpigeon Apr 9, 2011 06:13 PM

                        Just had Pankcakes and Bacon again. Definitely a must-have.

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                          FoodDabbler Apr 10, 2011 05:04 AM

                          Dang. I see I shall have to make special arrangements to be in Manhattan on a Saturday. Custard is too serious to leave all the tasting to you, ellenost, and kathryn.

                          kathryn: have you noticed significant variations from one appearance to another in other flavors, as well? Several of us found variations even within an incarnation of flavors such as Maple Walnut Spice in March.

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                            kathryn Apr 10, 2011 07:26 AM

                            To be fair most of my tastings are at the MSP location since it's a 5 minute walk from my office. I only go to the UWS, Times Square, and UES locations if I happen to be going to something else nearby.

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                          kathryn Apr 9, 2011 08:57 PM

                          Tried it today, at the UWS Shack. They've definitely changed it up to no bacon topping and lots of bacon flavor in the custard. Tasty. Borders on Momofuku Milk Bar territory thought my husband, due to the savory nature.

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                            tpigeon Apr 10, 2011 05:53 AM

                            Weird. Mine had tons of bacon topping.

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                              L2k Apr 11, 2011 08:09 AM

                              Same here. Had it in midtown, no bacon on top, but delicious!

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                      uwsister Apr 10, 2011 08:54 PM

                      That sounds like right up my alley. Next Saturday!

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                      FoodDabbler Apr 4, 2011 04:33 PM

                      I began my April tastings today. Coconut Caramel is a low key flavor: delicious but not exciting. The coconut registers softly on the front of your tongue and the caramel on the swallow. Initially both flavors seem in balance, but after a few spoonfuls the caramel aftertaste starts its mouth domination. I had to cleanse my palate with a sip of beer and some fries before I could taste the coconut again. It was a pleasant enough experience and I might have it again this month, but I wouldn't feel my life was incomplete if I didn't.

                      I begged them to sell me a pint of day-before-yesterday's flavor (p&b), but they were resolute in their insistence that they couldn't. I'm hardly ever in Manhattan on a Saturday, so I shall have to live this one vicariously through tpigeon, ellenost, and kathryn's husband.

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                        tpigeon Apr 8, 2011 03:52 PM

                        I tried leftover Gianduja today and it was great. It would have been even better if it wasn't in the freezer for a day. Highly recommend going thursday served out of the machine.

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                          steakrules85 Apr 11, 2011 05:47 AM

                          Wow do any of those sound bad?

                          I love my sweets and really hope I'll be in the city near Shake Shack one day to sample these.

                          Most appealing- Strawberry Pistachio, Fluffernutter, Pancakes and Bacon, Cheesecake brownie.

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                            RCC Apr 12, 2011 11:31 AM

                            We had the Strawberry Pistachio for lunch today and we were hard pressed to find the pistachio flavor. It's good, but ornery good, and I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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                              nightkitchen Apr 13, 2011 06:43 PM

                              I agree you wouldn't know there was pistachio in there. Kind of disappointing if you love pistachio. Basically tasted like a lighter cherry garcia to me.

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                                rose water Apr 18, 2011 03:08 AM

                                even if you concentrate really intensely, and imagine really hard, there's no discernible pistachio. the strawberry is tasty enough, but nothing i would've gotten a pint of on its own

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                              FoodDabbler Apr 14, 2011 03:23 PM

                              Had gianduja today. I agree that it's excellent. A rich, lush chocolate-hazelnut mouthfeel, with a lovely, faint crackle in the texture. Powdered wafer perhaps?

                              I had some of the day-old cheesecake brownie as well. Didn't care for it much. Although there are lots of brownie fragments visible, the flavor of cheesecake is too dominant.

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                                ellenost Apr 14, 2011 04:01 PM

                                Agree with both you and tpigeon that the gianduja is excellent. Very rich chocolate hazelnut flavor. Bought a pint; I expect it to last for a few days. Too rich to take more than a half cup.

                                1. re: ellenost
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                                  FoodDabbler Apr 14, 2011 04:41 PM

                                  You're a better woman than I. My pint will not last the night.

                                  Just kidding. You're right that it's very, very rich. But I have a Nutella fan visiting tomorrow who'll help me consume it.

                                  1. re: FoodDabbler
                                    ellenost Apr 14, 2011 05:15 PM

                                    I'm hoping to stop by on Saturday to get a fresh batch of the Pancakes & Bacon (last time I bought it as "day old" that was still great).

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                                      FoodDabbler Apr 14, 2011 05:18 PM

                                      And I'm working on changing my schedule so as to be in Manhattan on Saturday. Pancakes & Bacon sound too intriguing to be left just for you.

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                                        ellenost Apr 14, 2011 05:56 PM

                                        Don't worry, I'll leave you some :-).

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                                          ellenost Apr 16, 2011 03:27 PM

                                          Just stopped by the UES Shake Shack on my way home from the theatre (actually got off the bus 2 stops early) to buy another pint of the Pancakes & Bacon. I absolutely LOVE this flavor. Tiny pieces of bacon this time. Do like it better "fresh" (as opposed to day old). Not sure whether the pint will last the night. I hope FoodDabbler gets to try this flavor.

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                                            tpigeon Apr 16, 2011 06:47 PM

                                            Good to know that the UES is the same as miami. This flavor is awesome. Which is better with bits of bacon or without?

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                                              ellenost Apr 16, 2011 07:42 PM

                                              With the bits of bacon (of course everything tastes better with bits of bacon :-)).

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                                                kathryn Apr 17, 2011 12:54 PM

                                                What kind of question is that, tpigeon?!!

                                                I like ellenost's answer.

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                                                  tpigeon Apr 17, 2011 01:18 PM

                                                  I did not have the opportunity to try both as I live in miami. I had my strong suspicions which I would prefer but I was just making sure I wasn't missing out on anything ;).

                                                  Let it be known that I am not afraid to ask the stupid obvious questions. That's what I am here for.

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                                tpigeon Apr 17, 2011 10:08 AM

                                I just tried carrot cake and really liked it. No actual cake in it but if you like carrot cake you will definitely like this flavor.

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                                  FoodDabbler Apr 18, 2011 06:13 AM

                                  I was able to try the pancakes & bacon on Saturday. It's a fascinating flavor. It's a challenging flavor. It's definitely a must-have flavor. But it wasn't, to me, a can-have-lots-and-lots-of flavor. The taste of bacon was very strong in the batch I got (44th St.), and it got overpowering after a while. I was left with a lingering aftertaste of bacon. Not a bad thing, but not necessarily a great thing. I asked how they made it, and was told they mix in bacon fat.

                                  My batch did not have bacon pieces. There's a tiny subthread above between tpigeon, ellenost and kathryn on the virtues of bacon bits. Without even having tried the bacon-bit version, I think I can safely say/speculate that I'd have preferred that. The custard wasn't as salty as I was expecting, either, nor was I sure where the pancakes came in -- perhaps a hint of pancake batter in the base? A softer bacon flavor in the base (or even plain vanilla) with a more pronounced pancakey texture, and with lots of salty, crunchy bacon bits mixed in might be an interesting variation. I tried pairing a small scoop of the p&b with a small scoop of Il Laboratorio maple (straight, not the maple-walnut) but the gelato was too thin to stand up to the rich thickness of the custard.

                                  I'm talking about the pint I got, of course. As we've seen in these SS custard threads there appear to be significant variations from one location to another and one week to the next.

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                                    Bloombee Apr 18, 2011 10:35 AM

                                    Tried the p&b flavor at the upper west side location - no bacon bits and I thought it would be more aptly named maple syrup and bacon, but overall thought it was a good flavor experience and certainly glad I tried it.

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                                      tpigeon Apr 18, 2011 02:17 PM

                                      The pancake custard on mine did not have much, if any, bacon flavor. At least 90% of the flavor was provided by the bacon pieces. I wonder if it the same up in nyc, when they serve it with bacon pieces.

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                                        ellenost Apr 18, 2011 05:36 PM

                                        Both times that I had the P&B (once with no bacon bits and once with tiny bacon bits), there was a strong bacon flavor-actually that's all I tasted. Not a problem for me. BTW, already finished the pint from Saturday.

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                                          tpigeon Apr 23, 2011 11:45 AM

                                          I am officially retracting this statement. I was not paying enough attention. There is plenty of bacon flavor in the custard itself without the bacon bits.

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                                          kathryn Apr 23, 2011 03:00 PM

                                          My friend went to the MSP location last weekend and reported bacon bits in her custard, BTW.

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                                            MVNYC Apr 23, 2011 07:55 PM

                                            Tried it today on the UES, only one lone piece of bacon in a small cup. I will report however that it was very good. A nice play between the sweetness of maple syrup and the smokiness of bacon. The mouthfeel was what really got to me. It coated the tongue the same way eating animal fat does and unlike typical dairy products. A small cup was more than enough as it was pretty rich

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                                              uwsister Apr 24, 2011 11:34 PM

                                              Missed it yesterday, once again - I didn't realize it until this morning. I guess 30th is my last chance. Must remember, must remember, must remember...

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                                                coasts Apr 25, 2011 03:02 AM

                                                i grabbed a pint of it this saturday. MVNYC's comment is spot on. no bacon pieces at the UWS location though.

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                                                  uwsister Apr 25, 2011 05:46 PM

                                                  That's OK with me. I'm actually hoping bacon flavor won't be too dominant.

                                                  I even wrote it on my datebook. Saturday - must go to Shake Shack for custard.

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                                                FoodDabbler Apr 25, 2011 07:27 AM

                                                I gave p&b another try on Saturday (44th St). This one had a much better balance. The bacon flavor was less pronounced and more smoky. I'd put aside some custard from the previous week in case I got a chance to compare versions, and there was a significant difference between the two. The previous week's was much more strongly bacon-fatty. There were no bacon bits in the scoop I got two days ago (or, as I reported above, in the pint the previous week).

                                                Since kathryn had reported bacon bits at MSP I went there yesterday afternoon for a day-old pint. They were out. The clientele there -- improbably thin for burger fans -- must have a more adventurous palate than at 44th where I've seen customer after customer ask for a taste then reject it. I'm not a man who takes "no bacon" for an answer. I shot up to the UWS and got a pint there. Same balanced smoky flavor as at 44th this past Saturday, but alas, as coasts also reports, no bacon bits.

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                                                  ellenost Apr 25, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                  I'm going to try to get over to the UES location this Saturday (probably late) to try it again. So far since tpigeon has been running these monthly threads (thank you tpigeon!), the p&b has been my favorite flavor.

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                                                    tpigeon Apr 25, 2011 07:46 PM

                                                    Agreed on the P&B being the best flavor. As far as starting the threads, let's just say it's a labor of custard love.

                                                    1. re: ellenost
                                                      ellenost Apr 30, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                      Stopped by tonight and bought 2 pints of the P&B. It was kind of fun to bypass the long line to buy the custard. I was done within 5 minutes. Thank goodness for the "C" line! Looking forward to the flavors of May.

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