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In 1919 Two Coney Island Ice Cream Vendors Added Egg Yolks To The Recipe Thus Inventing Frozen Custard


When it comes to scooping up a delicious celebration, National Frozen Custard Day on August 8th knows how to do it right. With a smooth texture and fresh flavor, frozen custard delights in many ways.

  • Ice cream vendors, Archie and Elton Kohr, invented frozen custard on Coney Island, New York in 1919. They found that adding egg yolks to ice cream created a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer.
  • In their first weekend, the Kohr brothers sold 18,640 cones on the boardwalk.
  • Its popularity grew in 1933 when frozen custard found a market at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin became known as the unofficial frozen custard capital of the world.
  • Per capita, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has the highest concentration of frozen custard shops in the world.
  • The United States Food and Drug Administration requires frozen custard products to contain at least 10 percent milkfat and 1.4 percent egg yolk solids.
  • There is a lot of conflicting information concerning the history of frozen custard. Recipes for the custard mix can be traced back to the 1900’s, but the commercial machines used to create frozen custard weren’t invented until 1920 or so.
  • Thomas Jefferson was making French-style ice cream, which included cream and egg yolks, at Monticello. He is credited with bringing the recipe to America in the late 1700s.
  • Kopps is a landmark in Milwaukee. They were the first to introduce the “Flavor of the Day” and now you will notice almost all Milwaukee frozen custard restaurants have a flavor of the day. Kopps features two flavors of the day as well as vanilla and chocolate frozen custard available daily in a cup or cone.
  • Culver’s is a chain restaurant that started in Wisconsin in 1984 and now has 145 Culver’s in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Culver’s restaurants are now in 24 states, totaling 899 locations, throughout the USA. Culver’s serves up one flavor of the day, make sure to check their website or app


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