6 Custard Stands to Sample in the Frozen Custard Capital of the World
Frozen custard is a Wisconsin specialty, like ice cream but also made with egg yolks for a richer texture that stays colder longer on hot summer days. And one of the best places to indulge in a tasty scoop (or three) is Milwaukee—the unofficial “frozen custard capital of the world”—with more frozen custard shops than anywhere else. Here are some sweet spots to stop in next time you’re in Milwaukee.
Open since 1950, Kopp’s is famous for jumbo burgers and delicious frozen custard. Stick to the classic chocolate or vanilla or try the ever-changing Flavor of the Day like Grasshopper Fudge, Pina Colada, and “Never Enough Chocolate.” Make sure to check the Flavor Forecast before you stop by one of Kopp’s three locations.
Inspired by good old-fashioned custard stands, MooSa's is located right on the shore of Lake Michigan, just off the sands of scenic Bradford Beach. Scoop up a cone, sundae or custard shake in fun flavors like peanut butter and cotton candy. This lakefront stand can satisfy more than just your sweet tooth with delicious snacks like burgers (including a veggie burger option), chicken wings, cheese curds and more.
Gilles Frozen Custard
Milwaukee’s oldest operating stand, Gilles Frozen Custard has been open since 1938. That’s over 80 years of custard! In addition to serving delicious frozen custard, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats year-round, Gilles offers a full menu of casual American eats from burgers to fish fry. Gilles’ special Flavor of the Day includes favorites like Orange Dreamsicle, S'mores, and Monkey Madness.
Leon’s Frozen Custard
Leon’s is a drive-in custard stand is open year-round, so you and your crew can get fresh frozen custard and classic soda fountain favorites whatever the weather. In addition to delicious frozen treats and sandwich options, Leon’s stylish 1950’s neon details and sign make it a popular spot to photograph your scoops before digging in.
Oscar’s Frozen Custard
Although Oscar’s has a menu full of burgers, sandwiches, and other custard stand classics, insiders know the star of the menu are the waffle cones, homemade with a secret batter. There’s a reason that each of the three locations announces its flavor of the day via a giant waffle cone sign!
Georgie Porgie’s Treefort Restaurant
A fast casual spot perfect for a quick custard fix, Georgie Porgie's is a corful restaurant that has a fun treehouse vibe inside that kids will love, plus a heated outdoor patio for year-round dining. Specialty burgers like the “Curd is the Word” topped with cheese curds, custom-crafted local sodas, and creamy custard keep families coming back for more.
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