When you mention frozen custard in St. Louis, the first thing that likely comes to mind is Ted Drewes. The famous custard shop has been serving up sweet treats for more than 80 years. And while there are many good places for ice cream in St. Louis, there's nothing quite like Ted Drewes.
Ted Drewes Locations and Hours
Ted Drewes has two locations in St. Louis. The bigger store is located on part of old Route 66 in south St. Louis. It's at 6726 Chippewa, just east of the intersection with Jamieson. The Chippewa location is open February through December at 11 a.m. It's closed during the month of January.
The second location is also in south St. Louis at 4224 South Grand Boulevard, just past Meramec. The Grand location opens at 11 a.m., but only during summer months. It is closed the rest of the year.
How Custard Differs From Ice Cream
Frozen custard is a bit different from soft serve ice cream, but still delicious. According to the definition from Ted Drewes, frozen custard has at least 10% butterfat and 1.4% egg yolk. That makes for a thick, creamy treat that's easy to mix with other ingredients into malts, shakes, sundaes and concretes.
Ted Drewes Menu Favorites
Ted Drewes serves only vanilla custard. The custard is then mixed with your choice of more than three dozen ingredients including hot fudge, caramel, candy, fruit and nuts. The most popular way to eat the custard is in a concrete, which is a thick mixture of custard and toppings (think a Dairy Queen blizzard, but much better.) You can create your own combinations or try one of the dozen or so specialty concretes. Favorite specialty concretes include the Terramizzou, a blend of chocolate sauce and pistachios, and the Hawaiian, a combination of banana, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts.
Most people sit in their cars or on the parking lot to eat their custard, but you can get your order to go. The workers at Ted Drewes will even pack your treats on dry ice to keep them cold while you travel.
Custard is the main attraction at Ted Drewes, but the Chippewa location is also known for it's Christmas trees. Every year, Ted Drewes brings in a selection of Canadian Balsam Firs and other pre-cut trees to sell on the parking lot of the Chippewa location. The trees are available every day beginning right after Thanksgiving until a few days before Christmas. And of course, you can get your favorite frozen custard treat while you pick out your tree.
Other St. Louis Sweets
Ted Drewes is a great place to go when you've got a sweet tooth, but there are also some other St. Louis shops worth checking out. Crown Candy Kitchen is an old fashioned soda fountain that makes fantastic shakes and malts, plus a wide variety of chocolate candies. You'll also find great treats at Bissinger's, Kakao, Lake Forest Confections and other fine chocolate shops in St. Louis.