The 20 minute hike down I-10 to grab a quart of “Turtle Something” doesn’t bother me one bit! You may be thinking…you actually drive 20 minutes for custard?. Oh yes, my friends, I do, and I do it often. However, we are not talking about just any custard. What we are speaking of today is Ritter’s Frozen Custard and this is not to be compared to a Marble Slab or Baskin Robbins. Now hold one, I enjoy good ice cream as well, but when I am in the mood for “custard” I turn to Ritter’s.

Many of you may know the difference between ice cream and custard, but for those that don’t, it’s quite simple. Ice cream is made with milk, cream, and sweeteners and some premium brands may increase the amount of milk fat for added flavor. Custard on the other hand, contains egg yolk and is “airless”. It is actually a type of ice cream and if you have ever sampled French Vanilla ice cream, you have come pretty close as this version is also made with egg yolks. The inclusion of egg yolk and the removal of air are responsible for a custard’s smooth, rich, and extra creamy texture. I have been known to use the words “dense” or “thick” to attempt to describe custard as well. Hopefully, you get the gist.

The Ritter’s Frozen Custard location in Katy, TX reminds me of an old fashion “ice cream” parlor; with a great outside seating area. When the weather is nice, it can be a great outing for family and friends. For those that demand convenience, the drive thru definitely comes in handy (another reason I go as often as I do). Like a traditional ice cream parlor, you will find many of your favorites there. From traditional cones and sundaes, to shakes and malts, to banana splits and custard cakes, their custard is served up in any way imaginable. You can even pick up a quart of ice cream to go, which I purchase frequently. Aside from the everyday items, Ritter’s Frozen Custard does offer a selection of “Today’s Flavors”. In this category, you can catch flavors such as Brownie Fudge Ripple, Tin Roof, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Rocky Road, Coffee Crunch, Fresh Banana, and Mint Oreo; just to name a few. The Katy location actually publishes their daily flavors on their Facebook page.

If I had to pick a favorite, and that would be hard, I would have to go with the Turtle Something Custard and the Turtle Sundae. The Turtle Something is a caramel-based frozen custard with pieces chocolate “shells”, caramel butter fudge and pecans. The Turtle Sundae is just dreamy – imagine this…take hot fudge, hot caramel sauce, whipped cream, and butter toasted pecans (got it…okay, put that aside for now). Next, scoop up a good sized dollop of this heavenly custard; now go build! Once you have layered your ingredients and topped it off with a juicy cherry, you would have created one of the best sundaes known to man! That is a serious title folks and I have not been able to find anything like it. One of the top selling points for me when it comes to Ritter’s Frozen Custard is they make their custard (and other goodies) right there on site; so I know it is as fresh as possible. Ritter’s Frozen Custard has been in business since 1989 and I can see why. Their consistency and dedication to a great product has paid off. Ritter’s Frozen Custard states their custard “is only 10% butterfat, which is actually less than most competitors”. Truth be told, you had me at “Hello”!

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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