Today’s Contender: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Flavor: Apple Pie Concrete
There were two cool things about living in St. Louis — the Gateway Arch and the frozen custard. Ok, there were a few other things like the City Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Cardinals if you like baseball. But it’s still a short list. It is the arch and the custard that are most memorable and must stops for all visitors.
The arch you most likely know about — the symbol of St. Louis as the gateway to the West about a hundred plus years ago; an architectural marvel designed before there was even the technology to build it, by Eero Saarinen who would never see it realized. My favorite part about the arch is how you catch glimpses of its legs down any street in the area like big silver slashes from outer space. But enough about the arch, we’re here to talk ice cream.
Ted Drewes is frozen custard — ice cream in soft serve form that’s 10% butterfat, made with eggs for extra richness and very little air for a smooth, dense texture. They are famous for “The Concrete,” a flurry of custard and mix-ins so thick it doesn’t budge when you turn the cup upside down — hence the picture.
The mix-ins menu is endless meaning you can request pretty much any custom flavor. But once a year right about now when the air starts to cool, the days get a little shorter, the leaves start to turn and the lines start to dwindle, Ted Drewes introduces the Apple Pie Concrete — a full slice of apple pie whirred together with thick vanilla custard and a golden ribbon of ooey-gooey caramel. It’s the ultimate sin.
But get there fast before this magical custard stand turns into a Christmas tree lot. Not a whole lot of call for ice cream in the winter months it seems (crazy I know!)