Custard

Recent weather with overnight lows in the 40s signals the coming end of Summer. However, with 90s still in the forecast, we’re not quite there yet, so sweet frozen treats are still on the menu. One of out favorites is frozen custard. In our town, there have been a few places that have offered this desert, though only two, to our knowledge, still exist. Both are chains. Still, we like the stuff, but what is it?

Dictionary.com defines custard as “a dessert made of eggs, sugar, and milk, either baked, boiled, or frozen.” The word originates between 1400 and 1450 from late Middle English “crustade,” a kind of pie; from Prevencal “croustado.”

When it comes to frozen custard, Dictionary.com defines it as “a smooth-textured, soft, frozen-food product of whole milk, and sometimes cream, egg yolk, etc., sweetened and variously flavored, often served in an ice-cream cone.” We think of it as rich-tasting ice cream. Perhaps it’s the egg yolk that gives it character.

Mr. and Mrs. Family Trivium prefer plain vanilla or chocolate, while the kids prefer a topping. Most recently, the favorites were M&M’s over chocolate and Nestlé Crunch over vanilla. We’d love to hear about your favorite flavors and toppings in the comments.

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S’mores

Early in the blog, we looked at the marshmallow. With all of our recent camping talk, it was only a matter of time before we’d have s’mores on our mind.

basic recipe for s’mores, can be found at Hershey’s website. It is basically a roasted marshmallow on top of half a piece of milk chocolate, with both sandwiched between the two halves of a graham cracker. Traditionally, the marshmallow is roasted over a flame, but there are also instructions for using the microwave.

Hershey’s credits the 1927 Girl Scout handbook, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, for first publishing the recipe for this campfire dessert. Folklore attributes the name to the notion that everyone who tried it asked for “some more.”

We’ve seen variations on the basic recipe, mostly through substitution of another candy bar for the milk chocolate. Some of our favorites involve using a piece of dark chocolate, a peanut butter cup, or a Milk Way. If you have a special s’mores recipe, we’d like to hear about in the comments.