Andy’s Frozen Custard
Inside Block 37
108 N State St.
Chicago, Il 60601
Mon-Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cups & Cones: (Variable depending on toppings)
Concretes, Sundaes & Malts: $4-$7
Desperate for something cool and sweet to escape the over 100 degree heat, we spotted Andy’s Frozen Custard and dashed in.
There was only one fellow behind the counter but it was close to closing time and there was hardly anyone else around, so I suppose it should have been expected. We stared at the menu for a while trying to decide what to get and he started chatting with us – about the menu, about the store, and his recommendations.
A small Midwest chain, Andy’s is an old-fashioned style shop offering a small but specialized menu of frozen custard made fresh daily. The frozen custard is close to ice cream but much more dense, very rich and with an especially creamy texture. In addition to serving plain custard they also serve custard sundaes and mixes.
The specialty items all sounded fantastic, making it difficult to make a choice. Ultimately I chose Andy’s Ozark Turtle with vanilla custard and Adam got the Stolen Brownie Sundae with chocolate custard. Eagerly we watched through the windows as he blended the custard and toppings. We took our sweets and retreated to the closest tables to sample them.
My Ozark Turtle was vanilla custard topped with hot fudge, creme caramel, roasted pecans and cherries, while Adam’s Stolen Brownie Sundae had brownie chunks blended into the chocolate custard which was then topped with hot fudge, roasted pecans and cherries.
Both sundaes were just as delicious as they sound – even if the custards themselves were fairly standard the toppings paired well to create rich, delicious sundaes. While very rich we didn’t find either sundae to be overly so. The pecans added a crunchy contrast to the smooth, thick custard and hot fudge. Even though we both ordered smalls the portions were generous. Finally, we both appreciated that due to its unique thickness and texture, the custard takes a long time to melt – even in the 100+ degree heat with hot fudge on top.
Andy’s Frozen Custard is by no means the best – the chocolate and vanilla flavors left something to be desired – but they are still tasty enough to qualify as a good option when you’re seeking a sweet summer escape.
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Update: Andy’s Frozen Custard is moving, so as soon as we have the new address we’ll update this post.
Verdict: A Sweet Treat on a Hot Day
Andy’s Frozen Custard offers delightful treats with a rich, thick custard base and a substantial collection of toppings – you can build your own or order one of the specialty combinations off the menu. The custard itself has a great texture and is not overly sweet, however the flavors are pretty standard – not amazing. The toppings really make the dish, so choose wisely.