#30: The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a Chocolate Malt at Crown Candy Kitchen

Ian Froeb
The "Heart Stopping BLT" and a chocolate malt a Crown Candy Kitchen
The famed challenge at Old North St. Louis institution Crown Candy Kitchen dares diners to finish five malts in 30 minutes. Though I detest eating challenges, I confess an admiration for anyone who completes this challenge or even comes close. Given 30 minutes this afternoon, I couldn't finish one chocolate malt.

The BLT might have had something to do with that.

The "Heart Stopping BLT" contains, by a conservative estimate, an entire pig's worth of bacon. Possibly two pigs. There are a few tomato slices and some lettuce, but, really, this is a bacon lover's dream, crisp slice after crisp slice tucked between plain white toast.

The malt is pefect, sweet and rich, thick enough that you can't give yourself a brain freeze. Unless you try to down five of them in 30 minutes. In which case, your brain -- not to mention your stomach -- is probably impervious to the concerns of mere mortals.

Crown Candy Kitchen

1401 St. Louis Avenue
$7.75 (BLT), $4.50 (malt)

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#31: Smoked half-chicken at PM BBQ
#32: The smoked chicken pizza at Onesto Pizza & Trattoria
#33: The baby-back ribs (or the burger) at the Piccadilly at Manhattan
#34: Albóndigas caseras con patatas at the Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas
#35: The "Sweet Burger" at SweetArt
#36: Buffalo fries at Blueberry Hill
#37: Tom yum gai at Pearl Café
#38: Cassoulet (and Sweetbreads) at Franco
#39: The "Papasan Roll" at Miso on Meramec
#40: Lasagna at Mama Josephine's

#41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria
#42: Pla song kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine
#43: Chori pollo at Mi Ranchito
#44: Pizza at La Pizza
#45: Fried chicken at Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery
#46: The Philly Cheesesteak at 9th Street Deli
#47: Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill
#48: Coffee and a pastry at 222 Artisan Bakery
#49: The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango
#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering

Location Info

Crown Candy Kitchen

1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Crown Candy uses Miracle Whip unless you ask for Mayo....just sayin' it's a shame to miracle whip a BLT.Chocolate Malt was meant to be shared.


The only thing I don't like about this meal is that both the BLT and the malt are so enormous that either (a) I won't finish them or (b) I will finish them both and immediately feel like death.

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