We had more fun watching Dudley eat his frozen treat than we did eating our own.
Dudley ate Strickland's Frozen Custard. There may be no better five words to describe just how spoiled he is. Watching Dudley eat ice cream was in the running for the cutest and funniest thing we've seen him do. The little plastic bowl of custard moved further and further away with every lick and Dudley dutifully chased it.
But when we thought it couldn't get any cuter, he put his paw on the bowl to hold it in place. We shook our heads in disbelief and stopped ourselves from buying another baby bowl of vanilla just to watch him eat it.
Time "Tasted" Comfort
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Strickland's Frozen Custard, started in the midst of the Great Depression, is still going strong in the 21st century.
Finally, Rob gets to taste Emily's favorite treat!
Certain foods transport us back to childhood. Mom's recipe for spaghetti and meatballs or Grandma's nut roll cookies become more than just food — they comfort us and remind us of a time when our biggest worry was whether or not we would pass our math test tomorrow. For Emily, Strickland's Frozen Custard is the ultimate childhood comfort food.
When Emily was six years old, her family moved away from Akron, Ohio. Even though they would miss their family and friends there, she and her two brothers protested most loudly, saying, but "no more Strickland's?!?" They tried to figure out ways to ship it to their new home in Indiana. Emily's mother bought an ice cream maker in a vain attempt to reproduce the flavor and consistency of Strickland's. They planned visits back to Akron during the summers, so they'd be sure to stock up on their favorite dessert before heading back home.
Flash forward to 1994, when Emily met Rob. Before long, Rob revealed that his favorite dessert was vanilla ice cream (not "plain," but vanilla) and Emily told plenty of stories about Strickland's. For ten years, however, Rob was denied a taste of the cool treat. Finally, it was time to pull Murray into the Strickland's parking lot, and on a hot Midwestern summer day, (90 degrees, no less), Rob had his first cone of Strickland's Frozen Custard — vanilla, of course. As soon as he tasted it, Rob agreed that Em was right, Strickland's is the best frozen custard around.
The bad news about Strickland's is that you can get it only in Ohio from May to October. The good news is that Ohio is less than a 40-hour drive from almost anywhere in the lower 48 states.
Found in America - Week 15: Strickland's
We don't have anything bad to say about Strickland's, except that we have to travel to Ohio to get it.
The Ultimate Comfort Food
- Strickland's has used the same secret recipe and the same ice cream machines since 1936.
- Only three flavors of custard are on offer at Strickland's: vanilla, chocolate, and the Flavor of the Day.
- The Flavor of the Day changes every three days or while supplies last.
The Secrets of Strickland's
- The first and last Flavor of the Day each summer is Black Raspberry.
- It take about 23 minutes for the machines to process five gallons of custard.
- While Strickland's also offers milkshakes and sherbet, they do not use the same recipe as the custard. Fans of Strickland's almost always go for a cone or the occasional banana split.
- Look inside the shop at the Flavor of the Day signs by the back door. The flavor at the front of the stack will be the next Flavor of the Day.
- The Flavor of the Day starts with a vanilla custard base, to which fresh ingredients are added, like banana, coconut, raspberries, or almonds.
Keeping Up with the Times
- Fans of Strickland's can have the Flavor of the Day e-mailed to them.
- From time to time, Strickland's introduces new Flavors of the Day. One recent addition is Reese's Pieces.