Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shake's Frozen Custard

It tastes just like ice cream but the distinction between frozen custard and it's frozen counterparts - egg yolks. Shake's, located behind Corky's off Bowman and Chenal Parkway, is a drive-thru style dessert shop. The creamery did away with speaker boxes and you drive right up to the window to place your order in keeping with its ode to the 50's and 60's. For those of you who are familiar - it used to be Shakey's but changed the name for trademark purposes.
Shake's is home to the "Concrete" - frozen custard blended with your choice of toppings. My new favorite is the Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Vanilla Custard with Cake, Pineapple and Coconut Syrup). It is very light and refreshing. The shop only sells vanilla and chocolate custard but has dozens of toppings which include some pre-determined chilled concoctions or you can create your own - then, the possibilities become endless. One of their secrets - both chocolate and vanilla flavored custards have a "vanilla base" They add literal shots of Madagascar Vanilla with a syringe into the mixtures before they're frozen. I didn't know that there were four main regions where you get the vanilla bean: Madagascar ( in Africa) and Indonesia , where 90% of it is derived, followed by Mexico and Tahiti. (We all learned something new, didn't we?)
Recenlty added to the Shake's menu - customized cakes which can be made to order just like your favorite sundae, concrete or shake. Price range for cakes $25-29. General price range for a junior serving to a banana split $2-6.
Shake's also offers in-store discounts and paperless coupons. The shop has a computer similar to an ipod where you register by inputting your information; when you order, the computer will tell the clerk to which special deals you're entitled.
Closed only 3 days a year - Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter
Monday -Thursday 11 am - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday 11 am - 11:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 11 pm

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