Ice cream vendors, Archie and Elton Kohr, invented frozen custard on Coney Island, New York in 1919 when they found that adding egg yolks to ice cream created a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer.

  • The Kohr brothers sold 18,640 cones on their first weekend on the boardwalk.

That is a heck-of-a-lot of cones! I had to look up how frozen custard is different than ice cream, so thought I would share the information.

In western New York state, where I live, we say we only have two seasons, winter and construction. It’s sort of that way with frozen custard and ice cream too. A lot of the specialty stores that sell just that are not open between Halloween and Memorial Day.  One place near Conesus Lake posts a sign that says “Closed for the season, Reason, Freezin’.”  Reading it always makes me smile.

As a military wife I lived in my home state of New York, Mississippi, Illinois, Washington, and England. I don’t remember “going for ice cream” like we do here. In Mississippi it melted too fast, and western Washington was rarely hot enough to create the craving. It would be interesting to look up which states sell the most custard and ice cream. I’ll leave that for you to do.

If you have read my previous posts, I think you have figured out that I like to eat. A special young couple in my life was discussing my birthday last year. They thought gift certificates to Bruster’s and Abbott’s would be an appropriate gift. Bruster’s sells home-made hard ice cream and Abbott’s sells frozen custard. I’m glad they didn’t get me the certificates. My car knows its way to both places without any coaxing.

With the summer we are having, hotter and dryer than usual, any day is a good day for frozen custard.  Maybe I need some right now.