Adele’s Frozen Custard in Wayzata and Excelsior

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

This is not Culver’s frozen custard. Adele’s frozen custard is the Platonic ideal of cream, milk, sugar, and egg yolks (the key ingredient that differentiates custard from ice cream) whipped up in the heavens (on site at Adele’s) then placed on earth… at two Twin Cities locations, no less: Excelsior (800 Excelsior Blvd) and Wayzata (888 Superior Blvd). Impossibly creamy and dense, Adele’s custard makes Dairy Queen soft serve seem like foamy meringue.

Adele’s motto is “ice cream made better.” On their website, they explain that “when ice cream is made, air is whipped into it. When custard is made, air is whipped out of it, which gives custard [its] smooth, velvety texture.”

This might explain the steady stream of customers crammed into the tiny Wayzata shop throughout the early evening hours of a recent Saturday in July. A small patio with three tables helped to abate the overflow and provided a quiet place for patrons to enjoy their cold treats.

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

With more than 80 flavors on its roster, Adele’s serves four custards daily — vanilla and chocolate always — and two yogurts. Some adventurous varieties include: raspberry lemonade, chocolate orange truffle, banana cream pie, and caramel macchiato. The two selections on this night were berry berry and caramel cashew (left) — a rich excuse to celebrate butter for butter’s sake: soft tendrils of fragrant caramel swirled amidst fresh, buttery nuggets of crunchy cashews and toffee-tinged custard.

Generous scoops are sold in homemade waffle cones, sugar cones, or cake cones, as well as by the dish. For those who prefer to drink their custard, Adele’s malts and shakes are on the runny side, which is not necessarily a turn-off, as the jury is still out on whether these creamy drinks should be slurped through a straw or eaten from a spoon. If your allegiance is with the latter camp, Adele’s offers “concretes.” Let’s just say if these beverages were English accents, the regular ol’ shake or malt is Gwyneth Paltrow. The concrete is Sid Vicious.

Adele’s Frozen Custard

Frozen custard in Wayzata and Excelsior
888 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391
952.473.2838
800 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331
952.470.0035
HOURS:
Wayzata: 11am-10pm
Excelsior: 11am-10:30pm
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED: No / No
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / No
PRICE RANGE: Kids’ cones start at $1.60 on up to $4.25 for a brownie sundae or concrete; sandwiches, hot dogs, and brats from $3-$7.

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

Kelly Hailstone / Heavy Table

 

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  1. Oh, man — you are killing me. I did the Tour de Tonka on Saturday. Rest stop #2 was in Excelsior. I remembered Adele’s frozen custard from a 4th of July stop several years ago. I asked one of the volunteers where it was. I really wanted some of that creamy custard that I remembered so well. But, it was somewhere off the route and I decided not to take a detour. Now I’m kicking myself. What timing you have!

  2. My family use to go there a couple times a summer growing up. The raspberry chocolate truffle is the best custard in the entire world.

    I love that place so much!

  3. What a wonderful review! Thank you so very much for your lovely comments, Kelly. We do make all of our custard on site and try our best to pour a TON of love into every batch. Thanks and please do visit again soon! Our Excelsior location will be open through Thanksgiving even though Wayzata is closed for the season until May 15th, 2010.
    :) Adele’s

  4. I LOVE YOUR HOMEMADE CUSTARD. IT REMINES ME OF WHEN I LIVED IN RHODE ISLAND WE HAD A PLACE THAT MADE AND IT WAS YUMMY LIKE YOURS. I AM SO GLAD YOU PUT ONE HERE IN WAYZATA JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM WHERE I LIVE. I WISH YOU WERE OPEN YEAR ROUND ALL I CAN SAY IS I LOVE IT , I LOVE IT VERY MUCH KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BETTER THAN ICE CREAM YOU BUY IN THE STORE. GOLD STAR FROM ME AND MY KIDS THEY LOVE IT TOO

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