Sunday, June 1, 2008

Red Velvet Custard from the Shake Shack

I've been a fan of Shake Shack from the very beginning. The first year they were opened I stood in a line in the sub freezing weather for an hour waiting to order and then another hour waiting for my food on their closing day for the winter. By the time it arrived, my fingers and toes were numb, but it was totally worth it. Now the Shake Shack doesn't close for the winter and I'll admit it's been awhile. A long while. A true dry spell. But consider the dry spell over. Why? Two reasons: 1) Blondie and 2) Red Velvet Custard...

On Friday evening Blondie called me and suggested we meet up at Shake Shack for dinner. Intriguing. I checked out the Monthly Custard Calendar and discovered that the flavor of the day was Red Velvet. I LOVE Red Velvet. Love it, love it, love it. And putting it in custard, is a beyond brilliant idea. I had to try it out.

When we arrived at Shake Shack at around 6:30pm the line snaked towards the southwest entrance of the park. Whoa. While I secured our place in the regular line Blondie made a bee line for the B Line where she got us a little cup of Red Velvet Custard to tide us over. Nice work, Blondie!

At first glance the Red Velvet Custard looked good; it was nicely studded with little bits of Red Velvet cake. Digging in the custard proved to be absolutely delicious. It was nice and tangy with hints of the cream cheese frosting traditionally found on Red Velvet Cake. Another bite revealed that the custard didn't just have little bits of Red Velvet Cake, it had whole chunks! Now that's an excellent custard. Typically the custards at Shake Shake are a bit sweet for me to enjoy on their own, but this one was just perfect. Definitely my favorite custard from the Shake Shack thus far. My only complaint is that it's now June and I'm wondering when Red Velvet will make another appearance on the Custard Calendar. Hmmm. Maybe we need to start a write in campaign...

This month I'm looking forward to trying the Salted Carmel (Mondays in June) and the Coffee and Donuts--mmm, Coffee and Donuts!--(Wednesday in June).

Shake Shack
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Ave. and E.23rd St.

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