Culver's to debut 6 new frozen custard flavors of the day (2024)

For the first time since 2012, Culver's will be dishing out new frozen custard flavors of the day.

The six new frozen custard combinations make their way into the rotation beginning May 10. The flavors and release dates are as follows (mark your calendars accordingly):

- Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

- Blackberry Cobbler, June 10. Cinnamon granola crumble, blackberries and vanilla frozen custard.

- Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, July 10. Chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel blended into the vanilla custard.

- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Aug. 10. Brand new peanut butter frozen custard mixed with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough.

- Dark Chocolate Decadence, Sept. 10. The first-ever dark chocolate frozen custard at Culver’s made with a blend of four cocoa powders.

- Peanut Butter Salted Caramel, Oct. 10. Peanut butter custard, roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

Now, for those of you sticking with this story past the flavors listing, here's your reward: An inside scoop on how these flavors came about and tasting note highlights.

I made the trip to Culver's headquarters in Prairie Du Sac to talk — and taste — frozen custard with Quinn Adkins, the company's director of menu development.

All six flavors making the grade for this year's release were created, tasted, reformulated, tasted again and vetted by the Culver's menu development team before a Sweet 16 of finalists were tasted and scored by an independent panel of 150 potential guests.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

It's a process, says Adkins, that will allow Culver's to release new flavors more often. He's already focused on a new batch for next year.

It took 18 months of research and development to make Dark Chocolate Decadence, well, dark. Add dark chocolate cocoa to the custard mix before running it through the machine and you get a cup of gray frozen custard. It delivers the dark chocolate flavor, says Adkins, but not the color.

That's because the color we associate with dark chocolate develops at a lower temperature than serving temperature of frozen custard.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Dark Chocolate Decadence, will debut September 10. 

Because frozen custard at Culver's is made in small batches, on-site, freezing the custard to develop the proper color wasn't an option. Nor was adding food dyes, says Adkins.

So he began experimenting with adding additional cocoas. When he landed on the right blend of four cocoas and gave a sample to company co-founder Craig Culver, Adkins was rewarded with a hug.

As a bonus, if you allow Dark Chocolate Decadence to melt and linger, you will pick up multiple layers of chocolate flavors. Originally I thought the Blackberry Cobbler was my favorite, but the more I think about it, Sept. 10 feels like a long wait to get another scoop of Dark Chocolate Decadence.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Blackberry Cobbler, will debut June 10. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I usually prefer fruit and nut desserts like Blackberry Cobbler over the ooey-gooey, chocolate and candy-laden flavors, so it's no surprise that I took to that one. But the company's taste-testers also backed my impressions of this flavor. Blackberry Cobbler, says Adkins, had the largest reach among testers. Berry tartness blended with creamy vanilla sweetness. What's not to love?

A hint of cinnamon and crunch from the granola are nice touches. While it didn't take 18 months to develop, Adkins tried 15 different granolas before finding the perfect addition.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch is built with some of Adkins' favorite flavors. Think dipping chocolate covered pretzels into frozen custard. They're some of my favorites, too. There are sizable pieces of Bavarian-style pretzels adding a savory layer to the salted caramel, and sweet custard.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, will debut July 10.

Cold-brewed coffee gets blended into the custard mix, giving the Cappuccino Cookie Crumble a coffee-flavored base. The result is coffee flavor without any bitterness. Tiramisu inspired this combination and was named accordingly until the test panel gave the name a thumbs down. Thus the name change.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

Peanut butter lovers, you get two hits this year that's built on a new method that mixes the peanut butter sauce topping into the custard mix. Thus every bite delivers peanut butter flavor.

Adding roasted peanuts to both the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Salted Caramel kicks up the peanut flavor.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Peanut Butter Salted Caramel, will debut October 10. 

One last interesting takeaway from my afternoon of tasting and talking frozen custard with Adkins is that the local franchises have a lot of control over when to offer the new scoops and even how to make them. If you miss your shot at a new flavor on the release date, you'll just have to wait for your local franchisee to decide when and how often to mix it in as a flavor of the day option. And there isn't an exact recipe for making any of the flavors of the day. At each of the more than 650 locations across 24 states, the folks making your custard are following guidelines, making each scoop a unique tasting experience.

Culver's to debut 6 new frozen custard flavors of the day (2024)

FAQs

What's the difference between Culver's custard and ice cream? ›

In fact, the distinction is even written into law. Custard is made from a combination of milk, cream and pasteurized egg yolks, and in order to be true custard, it has to be at least 1.4 percent egg. Anything less than that, and it's just ice cream. Discover why we craft in small batches.

What's the difference between frozen custard and ice cream? ›

The main difference between frozen custard and ice cream is that frozen custard is made with egg yolks and ice cream is not, giving the former a richer flavor and mouthfeel. Some ice creams are made with egg yolks, however, which would technically make them custards based on the USDA guidelines.

What is Culver's frozen custard made of? ›

Vanilla Frozen Custard [Milk, Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolk, Guar Gum, Mono & Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Vanilla Flavor], Pecan Pieces [Vegetable Oil (Peanut, Cottonseed, Soybean and/or Sunflower Seed), Sea Salt], Salted Caramel [Corn Syrup, Sweetened Condensed ...

How would you describe Culver's frozen custard to a guest? ›

Think of Frozen Custard as the most premium dessert you've ever tasted. Luscious and creamy with farm fresh dairy, it contains less air so it's denser and richer than ordinary ice cream.

Which is healthier, ice cream or custard? ›

Deciding what to serve with your pudding? Brands vary, but vanilla ice-cream typically has about 10 per cent more calories than custard, as well as twice the saturated fat, less protein and half the calcium and potassium. However, ice-cream usually has less sugar and salt, too.

Is soft serve healthier than ice cream? ›

Though there isn't a major nutritional difference between the two, soft serve ranks a little better. Sabat says it often has a high amount of air, which reduces the fat content per serving. But ice cream can also vary wildly in its fat and sugar content depending on the brand.

Does frozen custard taste like custard? ›

The flavor is deeply milky and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. There's this delightful custard-like taste, thanks to the egg yolks used in the recipe, which adds a subtle richness and depth that's quite different from other frozen desserts.

Is custard healthy? ›

Custard can be part of a healthy diet, but its impact on cholesterol depends on various factors, such as the ingredients used and portion size. Custard made with whole milk, eggs, and high amounts of sugar and fat may contribute to higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol if consumed in excess.

What is frozen custard called? ›

The FDA also allows the names “french ice cream” or “french custard ice cream” to be used. If it has a smaller percentage of egg yolk solids, it is considered ice cream and legally classified as such by the FDA. Actual frozen custard is a very dense dessert.

Why is Culver's custard so good? ›

Culver's custard is made fresh each day in small batches

The restaurant's frozen custard is made in small batches and slow-churned to perfection, multiple times a day. No matter what flavor or custard treat you order, you know you are getting a product that has been made that very day.

Are eggs in frozen custard? ›

Frozen custard is a frozen dessert that contains milk, cream, sugar, flavorings, and egg yolk. Like the U.S. regulation for ice cream, frozen custard is also required to have at least 10 percent milk fat, but also 1.4 percent egg yolks by weight.

What oil do culvers use? ›

Canola Oil (fryer oil) - Canola Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

Are there eggs in Culver's custard? ›

Culver's offers custard, which means it's 1.4 percent egg

Culver's website makes sure customers are aware their custard always contains at least 1.4 percent egg. If it contained any less egg, it would just be considered ice cream.

What company owns Culvers? ›

Since 2016, the franchise has only closed one unit but has opened 237 locations. The average unit growth rate over the years is nearly 7%. Culver's is a private company owned by Roark Capital Group, so it is not publicly traded on the stock market.

Does Culver's use real beef? ›

It typically takes several months to perfect the skills needed to perfectly cook a ButterBurger. Grill masters learn the art of pressing and searing the beef on the grill. Culver's uses fresh, never frozen beef, and the pressing and searing technique locks in the juices and therefore the flavor.

What's the difference between soft serve and ice cream? ›

While regular ice cream is made with a higher percentage of milk fat and also includes egg yolks, soft serve does not require these ingredients. Instead, soft serve relies on a liquid base that is specially formulated to freeze quickly, resulting in its characteristic creamy texture.

Is custard more creamy than ice cream? ›

Custard, owing to the egg yolks, has a thicker, velvety texture that's creamier than traditional ice cream. This difference in texture also affects the taste experience – custard tends to be richer and can have a more luxurious mouthfeel.

Does custard have less lactose than ice cream? ›

If lactose is something you're avoiding, which some 30-50 million American's are, unfortunately, both frozen custard and ice cream typically contain lactose.

What's the difference between frozen yogurt and custard? ›

The difference between frozen yogurt and custard is that custard has egg yolks in it and frozen yogurt has yogurt or cultured milk. Custard is denser than frozen yogurt and features a higher fat content.

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