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The Five Best Frozen Custard Shops in St. Louis

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As the temperatures in St. Louis rose to unfathomable heights last weekend, a familiar phenomenon occurred: We turned our air-conditioners to full-blast and indulged in our city's time-honored summer treat, frozen custard. Here are our nominees for the five best places to get your custard fix, whether it's blended, scooped or loaded with toppings.

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Emily Wasserman
The "Grasshopper" concrete at Silky's Frozen Custard.
Silky's Frozen Custard (15069 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-256-7455)

Silky's boasts the "richest, all-natural custard in the Midwest," and we can't dispute its claim. Of all the shops on our list, Silky's offers the custard with the creamiest taste and texture. Its "Feature Sundaes and Concretes" include the "Elvis Pretzely," with pretzels, caramel and melted chocolate, and the "Snowberry Hill," which combines chocolate custard with strawberries and marshmallow cream. Silky's also offers a "Lite," or low-fat, option of its vanilla custard. But for the full experience, try its original custard at one of four locations throughout the St. Louis area.

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Emily Wasserman
The "Strawberry Shortcake" at Mr. Wizard's.
Mr. Wizard's Frozen Custard (2101 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-7566)

Mr. Wizard's might only be a blip on the map, but its custard ranks with the likes of Ted Drewes. Its small location in Maplewood is easy to miss, and parking is scarce, but once you find a spot and place your order, the hassle will be well-worth the reward. Mr. Wizard's custard is swirled rather than scooped, and it's rich and silky without being too heavy or sugary. The menu offers everything from standard sundaes and concretes to snow cones mixed with custard. Every sundae comes with whipped cream and cherry on top at no extra charge. Mr. Wizard's isn't fancy, but its understated creations still contend with the fancier sundaes at more popular custard stands.

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Emily Wasserman
The "Cookie Monster Sundae" at Spanky's Frozen Custard.
Spanky's Frozen Custard (11616 Concord Village Avenue, south St. Louis County; 314-843-9529)

It's somewhat off the beaten trail, but Spanky's Frozen Custard is well worth finding. Instead of traditional scooped custard, Spanky's serves its custard frozen-yogurt style -- that is, in a swirl. You can order the "To Die For," a sundae or custard with peanut butter, peanut butter cups and hot fudge, or try the equally delicious (and sinful) "Cookie Monster Sundae," with cookie dough, hot fudge and caramel. If you're feeling adventurous, try the "Slustard," Spanky's combination of custard and slush, with flavors ranging from "Orange Dream" to "Piña Colada." You don't want to walk from your car to the window to order? No problem. Spanky's is the only shop on our list that has a drive-thru.


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Spanky's Frozen Custard

11616 Concord Village Ave., St Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Fritz's Frozen Custard

815 Meramec Station Road, Valley Park, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mr. Wizard's Frozen Custard

2101 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Silky's Frozen Custard-Ballwin

15069 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Ben
Ben

Custard's First Stand at 4599 Telegraph Rd. in South County.

Small stand. Great frozen custard.

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Fred L
Fred L

Don't forget the Ted Drewes at 4224 S. Grand!Just as good, usually less crowded.

justabob
justabob

 Went to the Chippewa location with a friend the other night. The lines were stretching out into the street. Went to the S. Grand location. The line was two people. I like to think that the S. Grand location is for the true locals. :)

aaron
aaron

Mr. Wizards #1

John
John

The address for Mr. Wizard's says Richmond Heights, but I think the story got it correct by saying Maplewood.  I would agree that the building isn't fancy, but I'm not sure about "understated creations".  They've got at least a dozen specialty concoctions and over 30 toppings available.  As a bonus they also have kiddie sizes, which are cheap and, if you aren't looking to waddle home, a good size.

justabob
justabob

 Plus Mr. Wizard's has the added benefit of a limited amount of seating. Or at least it did the last time I was there.

IanFroeb
IanFroeb

You are correct, sir. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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