This beloved summer treat—a soft serve frozen dessert made with at least 10 percent milk fat and 1.4 percent egg yolk—is smoother, creamier, and (arguably) more delicious than your standard scoop of ice cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth—and take a trip down memory lane—at one of these standout locales around the country, handpicked by TripAdvisor, based on feedback from its community of travelers.
A variety of flavors—chocolate and vanilla are served every day, but otherwise the picks change daily—are still churned out on the original machines purchased when this custard stand first opened in 1952.
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
If you want to really treat yourself, order this rich, smooth custard with a heavy hand of hot fudge, marshmallow, or butterscotch (all sourced from a small company that’s been making the toppings for more than 100 years).
Even though this establishment only opened in the spring of 2013, the retro building and old-time music will transport you way back in time. In addition to chocolate and vanilla, they offer a flavor of the day and a shake of the month.
Dense custard is served straight from the machine—never frozen or fluffed with air. Try the “famous” turtle sundae—vanilla custard topped with hot fudge and hot caramel, and sprinkled with salted, roasted pecan halves.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
You can’t miss this brightly colored, family-run shop and you definitely won’t want to miss their frozen custard. The shop also features an extensive café menu, complete with sandwiches, sides, snacks, coffee, and more.