Some historians trace the origin of frozen custard to Coney Island, New York, in the early 20th century. By the 1930s, the Midwest had discovered frozen custard. The Kirkhoff family of Lafayette, Indiana, opened its first stand in 1932. Today, Milwaukee sells more frozen custard than anywhere else in the world. For its part, Andy's Frozen Custard began serving in 1986 in Osage Beach, Missouri. Now it has 11 locations in the Chicago area, three in the city, and locations in nine other states. My favorite stop is at 9507 South Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn, in the Green Oak Shopping Center. What makes frozen custard special? And why is Andy's so good? Frozen custard is cream, sugar, vanilla extract and a few other trade secrets. It is creamier than regular ice cream, contains more butterfat and is churned very slowly. The slower turning blades keep air from being mixed into the custard as it freezes. The result is a dessert that is rich, thick and decadent. It is made fresh hourly and served immediately to maintain its luxurious creaminess. Now you know. What separates Andy's from all the rest is its variety. It's an ice cream shop with a drive-through that offers frozen custard, sundaes, concretes, malts, shakes, freezes, floats, old-fashioned sodas, Italian ice, splits, custom cones and cups and 31 toppings. What more can you ask? Our favorites are the triple chocolate concrete, chocolate frozen custard blended with chocolate chip cookie dough and melted chocolate chips; butter pecan concrete, vanilla frozen custard with butterscotch and roasted pecans; German chocolate concrete, chocolate frozen custard blended with brownies, creme caramel and coconut; and Andy's banana split, vanilla frozen custard and a whole banana covered with strawberries, marshmallow creme, crushed nuts and topped with a cherry. Or you might just settle for a hot fudge sundae with pecans. Spring flavors include strawberry shortcake, blueberry and blackberries. In the summer, it's peaches and key lime pie. In the fall, the headliner is pumpkin pie. In the winter, be sure to order apple pie, candy cane, Andy nog, peppermint bars and fresh baked chocolate chip Cookie Casanova. There are so many creations and flavors but they all are based on one signature ingredient, Andy's frozen custard.
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