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Connecticut Cult-Following Frozen Custard Gets Sweet Segment on WFSB

Connecticut Cult-Following Frozen Custard Gets Sweet Segment on WFSB

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Maple nut frozen custard, a "flavor of the day," at Scotties Frozen Custard in Colchester.

Scotties Frozen Custard in Colchester is a uniquely Connecticut delight with a cult following, which has charmed us and our colleagues at WFSB Channel 3, where reporter Kim Lucey just did a segment on Scotties. After all, where else in the world can you get "Fat Elvis" frozen custard (banana base, peanut butter swirl, chocolate flakes)?

We featured Scotties late last summer in an online story after a tip from Lucey (and that story follows below).

Here's Lucey's Tweet on her Scotties segment, which you can watch online at WFSB.

 

June 


June 1        Cofee Crunch                               coffee base/heath bar
June  2-3    Cookies & Cream                         vanilla/oreo cookie
June 4-5     Irish Cream                                   with chopped nuts
June 6-7     Brownie Surprise                         vanilla/butterscotch swirl/brownie
June 8-9     Kahlua                                           with dark chocolate flakes
June 10-11 Terrier Tracks                               vanilla base/reese's pieces/peanut butter swirl
June 12-13 Dreamy Coconut Cream Pie        graham cracker choc flakes

June 14-15 Caramel Apple                              apple spice base/caramel swirl/pretzels
June 16-17 Cherry Cheesecake  
June 18-19 Chocolate Creme de Menthe      dark chocolate flakes 
June 20-21 Peanut Butter Pretzel Twist        vanilla/PB swirl/pretzels
June 22-23 Dipped Hawaiin Pineapple          hard shell chocolate 
June 24-25 Nutella                                           chocolate hazlenut base/choc flakes
June 26-27 Fat Elvis                                        banana base/PB swirl/chocolate flakes   
June 28-29 Butter Caramel Crunch               buttery caramel base/graham crackers

June 30 July 1 Black Rasberry                      dark chocolate flakes
 

Our story from September 2013:

Despite cloudy skies and thunder hanging in the air, couples, moms, kids and dogs gathered this week at Scotties Frozen Custard in Colchester to enjoy some locally made delights.

Frozen custard offers a rich, creamy texture thanks to egg yolks and less air mixed in than with regular ice cream.

“It makes it thicker, denser,” said Felishia Duddie, who is working her sixth season at Scotties. “We make it fresh daily here. We’ve got vanilla, chocolate, flavor of the day … .”

One of the local favorites is pumpkin pie-flavored frozen custard.

“We use real pumpkin filling,” Duddie said. “The cherry cheesecake [flavor] is also very good.”

Pumpkin pie will be offered as a flavor of the day today (Sept. 13), tomorrow (Sept. 14) and on the last day of the season this year–Sept. 29.

“Some people have been waiting all season for this one!” owner Kathy Steffens said in a post on the company’s Facebook group.

Other upcoming flavors are coconut almond on Sept. 15-16, Irish cream Sept. 17-18, English toffee Sept. 19-20, Thom’s apple crisp Sept. 21-22, peanut butter pretzel twistz Sept. 23-24, Fat Elvis Sept 25-26 and Sticky Bunz Sept. 27-28.

Vanilla and chocolate are offered daily, and you can get sundaes, shakes, malts or root beer floats. You can also order ice cream to go and take it home as a quart.

But Beverly and Julius Schwab, of East Haddam, didn’t come for the frozen custard this week. The came to enjoy dinner before the impending storm.

“We like their long hot dogs,” Beverly said. “We get that and a clam roll, and we share it.”

The couple drives the six miles to the seasonal eatery about once a year, they said.

“We had the ice cream here—years ago,” Beverly said. “It was good.”

Her husband agreed, but said he really likes the hot dogs and clam rolls.

“It’s always good,” Beverly said.

Scotties offers burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings and sandwiches, with a new special offered this season: a piled-high pastrami sandwich.

The eatery is named after the Scottish terriers Hootie and Louie, mascots and household members for Steffens and co-owner Mike Haggerty. Growing up with frozen custard in Milwaukee, Steffens was disappointed by the lack of it when she moved to Connecticut, according to the company’s website. Hence her idea for Scotties Frozen Custard was born.

Scotties Frozen Custard is located at 327 New London Road (Route 85) in Colchester. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 29, when it closes for the season. The phone number is (860) 537-1265.

And if you plan to go, make a note that Scotties accepts cash and local checks only; no debit or credits cards.

We were tipped off to Scotties by Kim Lucey, a reporter with WFSB Channel 3, who suggested Scotties in a Tweet after reviewing the ice cream winners in our Best of Connecticut 2013, which can now be downloaded as an iPad app. Also make sure to vote in our Readers' Choice: Best Restaurants 2014 survey, which is live online now. And if you have a tip for a good story, Tweet it to us @connecticutmag or send an email to dclement@connecticutmag.com.

 

 

Connecticut Cult-Following Frozen Custard Gets Sweet Segment on WFSB

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