Archive for June, 2009

Old School Custard

June 20, 2009

It was a cool and cloudy day, but for some reason I was craving ice cream so I decided to try out the newest addition to the Capitol Hill  neighborhood dessert scene – Old School Custard (1316 E Pike, http://oldschoolfrozencustard.com/).

I arrived in time to beat the line, which was soon out the door (this is Seattle after all).

Exterior of the new OSC

Exterior of the new OSC

Since I arrived before it got crowded, I took the time to sample the vanilla and the raspberry, which was the flavor of the day (Old School Custard only produces three flavors a day – Vanilla, Chocolate, and the Flavor of the Day). The ice cream is produced on-site, oozing out of their fabulous custard machine:

Old School Custard Machine

Old School Custard Machine

Despite the limited flavors, the menu is still a little overwhelming with all the different sundae options.  I managed to narrow it down to a few: The Recess (vanilla with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, hot fudge, and caramel), The Turtle (vanilla, caramel sauce, pecans, and hot fudge), and The Muddy Buddy (vanilla, homemade brownie, peanut butter, and hot fudge). I ended up getting the Muddy Buddy ($5.50) and splitting it with a friend – but I could have eaten the whole thing myself (not because it was too small, but because it tasted so good):

Muddy Buddy Sundae

Muddy Buddy Sundae

The picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t see what’s underneath the custard: an amazing brownie, hot fudge, and a smooth, sweet peanut butter paste.  My friend and I rapidly (and silently, since we were too intent on eating to speak) devoured the sundae and pronounced it delicious. The custard was incredibly creamy (frozen custard has a different texture from ice cream for several reasons: there is less air pumped into the cream, resulting in a denser product; egg yolks are added, giving the cream a silkier texture, and the custard is served about 18 degrees warmer than ice cream). The brownie was just the way I like it – moist, dark, and fudgy. The hot fudge was thick and the peanut butter was much sweeter and more dessert-like than your average Skippy.

So far, I’ve read mixed reviews about Old School Custard (some people don’t like the lack of flavors or the cost of the sundaes), but in my opinion, the line out the door says it all.