Tonight as we were approaching the intersection of Willow and Lincoln in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, "Real Frozen Custard" emblazoned on a banner caught my eye. It was dessert time, so we pulled into the .
Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt Co. is next to Willow Street Pizza and offers frozen yogurt (Dannon and Wow Cow), espresso and coffee (organic Tailor Maid Farms), ice cream (Treat), and on Saturdays and Sundays, frozen custard (St. Louis). The frozen custard is only available in one flavor - vanilla. There's a choice of several toppings to jazz it up, but we wanted ours unadulterated for our first ever taste of frozen custard anywhere.
This stuff swirled into a styro cup was dense. A "small" for $2.95 had a more than small heft in the hand. The texture was very silky with no iciness at all and much finer in texture than either frozen yogurt or soft serve ice cream. Yet it didn't leave a butterfat deposit or the plasticky film of overstabilized ice cream on the palate. The vanilla tone was subtle and the frozen custard was noticeably less sweet than our serving of pumpkin ice cream. It seemed to have little air mixed in. We really liked the mouthfeel but the flavor was a little boring. It would be a good canvas for nuts or some other topping.
I'd love to hear from 'hounds who came from east of the Rockies on how this stacks up against their memories of frozen custard. If you check it out, remember it's available on weekends only. Fwiw, we also liked the pumpkin ice cream from Treat.