Culver's to debut 6 new frozen custard flavors of the day (2024)

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

For the first time since 2012, Culver's will be dishing out new frozen custard flavors of the day.

The six new frozen custard combinations make their way into the rotation beginning May 10. The flavors and release dates are as follows (mark your calendars accordingly):

- Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

- Blackberry Cobbler, June 10. Cinnamon granola crumble, blackberries and vanilla frozen custard.

- Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, July 10. Chopped Bavarian pretzels, novelty chocolate and salted caramel blended into the vanilla custard.

- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Aug. 10. Brand new peanut butter frozen custard mixed with roasted peanuts and chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough.

- Dark Chocolate Decadence, Sept. 10. The first-ever dark chocolate frozen custard at Culver’s made with a blend of four cocoa powders.

- Peanut Butter Salted Caramel, Oct. 10. Peanut butter custard, roasted peanuts and ribbons of salted caramel.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

Now, for those of you sticking with this story past the flavors listing, here's your reward: An inside scoop on how these flavors came about and tasting note highlights.

I made the trip to Culver's headquarters in Prairie Du Sac to talk — and taste — frozen custard with Quinn Adkins, the company's director of menu development.

All six flavors making the grade for this year's release were created, tasted, reformulated, tasted again and vetted by the Culver's menu development team before a Sweet 16 of finalists were tasted and scored by an independent panel of 150 potential guests.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

It's a process, says Adkins, that will allow Culver's to release new flavors more often. He's already focused on a new batch for next year.

It took 18 months of research and development to make Dark Chocolate Decadence, well, dark. Add dark chocolate cocoa to the custard mix before running it through the machine and you get a cup of gray frozen custard. It delivers the dark chocolate flavor, says Adkins, but not the color.

That's because the color we associate with dark chocolate develops at a lower temperature than serving temperature of frozen custard.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Dark Chocolate Decadence, will debut September 10. 

Because frozen custard at Culver's is made in small batches, on-site, freezing the custard to develop the proper color wasn't an option. Nor was adding food dyes, says Adkins.

So he began experimenting with adding additional cocoas. When he landed on the right blend of four cocoas and gave a sample to company co-founder Craig Culver, Adkins was rewarded with a hug.

As a bonus, if you allow Dark Chocolate Decadence to melt and linger, you will pick up multiple layers of chocolate flavors. Originally I thought the Blackberry Cobbler was my favorite, but the more I think about it, Sept. 10 feels like a long wait to get another scoop of Dark Chocolate Decadence.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Blackberry Cobbler, will debut June 10. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I usually prefer fruit and nut desserts like Blackberry Cobbler over the ooey-gooey, chocolate and candy-laden flavors, so it's no surprise that I took to that one. But the company's taste-testers also backed my impressions of this flavor. Blackberry Cobbler, says Adkins, had the largest reach among testers. Berry tartness blended with creamy vanilla sweetness. What's not to love?

A hint of cinnamon and crunch from the granola are nice touches. While it didn't take 18 months to develop, Adkins tried 15 different granolas before finding the perfect addition.

Chocolate Pretzel Crunch is built with some of Adkins' favorite flavors. Think dipping chocolate covered pretzels into frozen custard. They're some of my favorites, too. There are sizable pieces of Bavarian-style pretzels adding a savory layer to the salted caramel, and sweet custard.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, will debut July 10.

Cold-brewed coffee gets blended into the custard mix, giving the Cappuccino Cookie Crumble a coffee-flavored base. The result is coffee flavor without any bitterness. Tiramisu inspired this combination and was named accordingly until the test panel gave the name a thumbs down. Thus the name change.

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Cappuccino Cookie Crumble, May 10. Frozen custard blended with cold brewed espresso and mixed with crushed sugar cookies and swirls of novelty chocolate.

Peanut butter lovers, you get two hits this year that's built on a new method that mixes the peanut butter sauce topping into the custard mix. Thus every bite delivers peanut butter flavor.

Adding roasted peanuts to both the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Salted Caramel kicks up the peanut flavor.

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Culver's new Flavor of the Day, Peanut Butter Salted Caramel, will debut October 10. 

One last interesting takeaway from my afternoon of tasting and talking frozen custard with Adkins is that the local franchises have a lot of control over when to offer the new scoops and even how to make them. If you miss your shot at a new flavor on the release date, you'll just have to wait for your local franchisee to decide when and how often to mix it in as a flavor of the day option. And there isn't an exact recipe for making any of the flavors of the day. At each of the more than 650 locations across 24 states, the folks making your custard are following guidelines, making each scoop a unique tasting experience.

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FAQs

What does "flavor of the day" mean at Culver's? ›

The Flavor of the Day has been a Culver's tradition since we opened up our first restaurant in our hometown of Sauk City, Wisconsin. Every day you'll find a unique flavor of Fresh Frozen Custard featured at each Culver's, different from one restaurant to the next.

What is turtle dove ice cream? ›

Creamy Vanilla Fresh Frozen Custard swirled with ribbons of old fashioned salted caramel, marshmallow creme, toasted pecan pieces and chopped Dove® Chocolate pieces.

What's the difference between ice cream and custard? ›

The main difference between frozen custard and ice cream is that frozen custard is made with egg yolks and ice cream is not, giving the former a richer flavor and mouthfeel. Some ice creams are made with egg yolks, however, which would technically make them custards based on the USDA guidelines.

What is the lemon dessert at Culvers? ›

Our specially blended Lemon Fresh Frozen Custard swirled with crushed sugar cookies and a lemon drizzle. A perfect mix of sweet and tart.

Can you get a pint of the Flavor of the day at Culver's? ›

Enjoy Your Favorite Flavor Longer

Did you know you can ask to have the Flavor of the Day packed as a pint? Now you can enjoy your favorite flavor whenever you like, right from your freezer.

What is the most unhealthy thing at Culvers? ›

Worst: The Culvers Bacon Deluxe

With a whopping 57 grams of total fat and 22 grams of saturated fat in this order, you will meet your daily recommended allowance for calories from fat and saturated fats in your diet. This burger also packs 1,205 milligrams of sodium and just 1 measly gram of fiber.

What is turtle pecan ice cream? ›

Turtle Ice Cream (No-Churn)

Creamy caramel ice cream loaded with chocolate-covered caramels, toasted pecans, and swirls of rich fudge!

What flavors are in turtle sundae? ›

Braum's Turtle Sundae is an all-time favorite combining vanilla ice cream covered with hot caramel and hot fudge toppings. As if that isn't enough, we add pecans, whipped cream, and top it with a cherry. Rich flavors make for this great tasting sundae.

What is healthier, ice cream or frozen custard? ›

Brands vary, but vanilla ice-cream typically has about 10 per cent more calories than custard, as well as twice the saturated fat, less protein and half the calcium and potassium. However, ice-cream usually has less sugar and salt, too.

Why is gelato so expensive? ›

The slower, more manual and labour-intensive process of making gelato increases production costs, affecting its price. Denser with less air, offering more product by weight in each serving. Lighter and fluffier due to higher air content, resulting in less actual product by weight.

What are the three types of custard? ›

There are three types of custard: baked, stirred, and frozen. Baked custards include bread pudding, flan, and cheesecake, and are prepared by baking in an oven or water bath. Boiled Custards include beverages like eggnog. Puddings, creme anglaise (krem on-GLAYZ), and pastry cream are some examples of stirred custards.

What is Culvers Mooey Gooey Twist? ›

Mooey Gooey Twist is, well, a twist of vanilla and chocolate frozen custard that includes ribbons of salted caramel and chopped chocolate. Proceeds raised during Scoops of Thanks Day go directly to local chapters of FFA and other organizations.

What does Culvers use to fry? ›

Canola Oil (fryer oil) - Canola Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an anti-foaming agent.

Does Culver's have dark chocolate custard? ›

Dark Chocolate Fresh Frozen Custard swirled with a ribbon of peanut butter and crunchy Butterfinger pieces.

What does "flavor of the week" mean? ›

flavor of the week (plural flavors of the week) (idiomatic) A fad; someone or something that is held in esteem or receives attention for a short amount of time. synonyms ▲ Synonyms: flavor of the month, today's flavor.

Can you get the flavor of the day as a concrete mixer? ›

CONCRETE MIXERS®

Choose Vanilla, Chocolate or Flavor of the Day with your choice of 2 Mix-ins included. Add more for an additional charge.

What is the difference between Culver's custard and ice cream? ›

In fact, the distinction is even written into law. Custard is made from a combination of milk, cream and pasteurized egg yolks, and in order to be true custard, it has to be at least 1.4 percent egg. Anything less than that, and it's just ice cream. Discover why we craft in small batches.

Why do Culvers burgers taste so good? ›

Culver's uses fresh, never frozen beef, and the pressing and searing technique locks in the juices and therefore the flavor. Pressing the beef also ensures it is the right thickness to cook evenly on the grill. "That's where that great steak flavor comes from."

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