My quest for understanding the midwest delight of frozen custard continued with my trip to True Hearts Frozen Custard in Poway. Truth be told, I've now been there twice over the past two days...
On Friday, my Wisconsinite coworker and I headed over there for a long lunch, as I wanted to get his take on how authentic it was. His verdict: it's on par with what he could get back home.. a little softer than what he was used to, but excellent flavor. This was the validation--I knew I was tasting the real thing!
On that trip I got the chocolate with peanut butter, which had excellent flavor but not quite the creaminess I had expected.. it was clear they had made it a day or two ahead of time and it was sitting in a tub waiting to be served.
Then on Saturday, my wife and I stopped by on the way back from north county and this time I had the vanilla, which is always freshly made. This was indeed what I expected--rich vanilla flavor, soft creamy texture, but still somehow lighter than ice cream. IMO, better than the frozen custard I had at Go Get Yogurt in Santee, so I'd encourage phee and others to try it out!
Judging from my two experiences there, I'd definitely recommend getting frozen custard that's fresh... it sounded like vanilla always is, and when we were there the person working there (owner?) had just mixed up a fresh batch of orange dreamsicle, which sounded tasty. In the future I'll ask which is fresh and order that.
Thanks to ChowFun (derek) who indicated the place in Poway existed in a previous post!