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Shake Shack November 2011 Flavors - Any Must-Haves?

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tpigeon Oct 31, 2011 09:37 PM

Sunday: Salted Caramel
Monday: Apple Rosemary
Tuesday: Chocolate Cinnamon Spice
Wednesday: Pumpkin Pie
Thursday: Maple Brown Butter
Friday: Banana Bread
Saturday: Red Wine Poached Pear

A few interesting ones and Salted Caramel has been a favorite in the past. Pumpkin Pie was good but not amazing like pumpkin pie oh my -- which should hopefully be served during thanksgiving.

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Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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    FoodDabbler Nov 1, 2011 06:55 PM

    I have nothing useful to say, but apple rosemary sounds intriguing. Rather like the sound of the cinnamon basil that Out of a Flower used to serve, wonderfully, out of Texas years ago. That was intriguing, too, and terrific. I'm intrigued also by Saturday.

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      ellenost Nov 1, 2011 08:35 PM

      I'm interested in trying Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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        ellenost Nov 10, 2011 04:10 PM

        Tried Maple Brown Butter: another disappointment; it also tastes like vanilla (a very good vanilla), but nothing of maple. I think I'm giving up on Shake Shack custard (at least for a while).

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          FoodDabbler Nov 10, 2011 06:46 PM

          Perhaps it's a location-inconsistency thing again. I got a pint of maple bb at 44th St today and it was not only distinctly maply (especially a strong aftertaste) it had tiny bits of maple sugar here and there giving it the faintest hint of crunch. I liked the version I got.

          I've also tried the salted caramel and I liked it very much.

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          Shake Shack
          691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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            ellenost Nov 10, 2011 08:22 PM

            Maybe my Shake Shack location gave me vanilla instead of the maple. I may stop by tomorrow to try to buy it again (if they have anything left). I'd be very annoyed if they did give me vanilla instead of the maple today.

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              FoodDabbler Nov 11, 2011 01:28 PM

              I should caution you that the maple brown butter is particularly sensitive to temperature. All SS custards are best tasted when they're not too cold, but it seems especially so for the maple. I tried some straight from the freezer and there was only a hint of maple. But after 10-15 minutes on the counter, the maple flavor was back in full force. Watch for it particularly on the swallow.

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                ellenost Nov 11, 2011 02:03 PM

                Unfortunately the 86th Street Shake Shack didn't have anymore Maple Brown Butter this afternoon. I'll be away next week, and don't know whether they'll be open on Thanksgiving. Probably need to wait until next year.

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                Shake Shack
                154 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028

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                  FoodDabbler Nov 11, 2011 08:30 PM

                  I, too, went back for day-old today, not out of necessity, as you did, but out of greed. I'm sorry to tell you that I scored two pints.

                  But I'm even sorrier to say that the first one I tried was a lot softer in flavor than the fresh pint the day before. It whispered maple as it went down, didn't announce it. Very puzzling.

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            carfreeinla Nov 12, 2011 10:10 AM

            I am with you. I swore off the special flavors a while back because I felt that they simply weren't as good as the vanilla. So, I stopped by for a vanilla cup the other day. The texture was overbeaten and stuck to my tongue- like over churned cream. I tossed it. Can't remember the last time I did something like that. What has happened?

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        cncncncn Nov 10, 2011 12:19 PM

        I tried Maple Brown Butter at BPC today and it was delicious. I found it sweet but not sickly and the flavors were well blended throughout the cup. I would have it again.

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        Shake Shack
        215 Murray St, New York, NY 10282

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          sugartoof Nov 12, 2011 01:40 PM

          For what it's worth, the Salted Caramel has been just barely a flavor of it's own for a while now. It just tastes like possibly eggier vanilla, with slight hints of the salt.

          I at least appreciate some creative flavors again.

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            uwsister Nov 18, 2011 02:47 PM

            Just wanted to say - Pumpkin Pie Oh My is back. I didn't use an exclamation point to end the previous sentence 'cause I have to say I didn't love it as much as I did last year. I loved it so much, I went multiple times in one week. Anyway, I can't really pinpoint what the difference is - I think one thing was I didn't taste pumpkin custard part of the pie as much as I wished/did? There were plenty of pieces of crusts mixed in, but the pumpkin taste was kind of lost (no visible pumpkin custard chunks either) and even the crust pieces tasted kind of sodden. This was at UWS location, BTW. I hope other 'hounds have better luck w/ it than I did!

            Also tried banana bread flavor - it's pretty good, it tastes like how you think it would taste, basically. I might go back for it since I had to pass it over today.

            Never really cared for their salted caramel custard, BTW - and I'm a huge fan of salted caramel anything. Victory Garden's salted caramel soft serve is much, much superior, if you don't mind goat milk.

            1. ellenost Nov 22, 2011 05:08 PM

              Tried Chocolate Cinnamon Spice, and, no surprise, there wasn't even a hint of cinnamon. OK, I'm now officially done with the soft serve at Shake Shack!

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                foodwhisperer Nov 23, 2011 09:53 PM

                Ice cream fine. don;t eat the food at Shake Shack,,,,,,YUCK

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                  ellenost Nov 24, 2011 05:46 AM

                  Actually like the food at Shake Shack; it's the soft serve that has been the problem.

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                    uwsister Nov 26, 2011 01:32 PM

                    I agree - it's been a while since soft serve at Shake Shack impressed me.

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                      FoodDabbler Nov 26, 2011 08:54 PM

                      With respect, I disagree. Vanilla is always good, and the maple brown butter and salted caramel this month were also good. ytbmd. (your taste buds may differ.)

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                        uwsister Nov 29, 2011 07:42 PM

                        Like I said upthread, I've never been impressed w/ SS's salted caramel - compared to Victory Garden's salted caramel soft serve or Jeni's salted caramel ice cream, I find SS's version to be too subtle. I haven't tried maple brown butter though - I actually haven't bothered to make an effort after reading ellenost's opinion on it since I like strong maple taste (e.g. Bilboquet's maple ice cream.)

                        I do still like their vanilla soft serve in root beer float - that hasn't disappointed me yet!

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                        Victory Garden
                        31 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

              2. Marsjt Nov 25, 2011 08:29 PM

                the red wine poached pear was amazing...definitely worth having!!

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