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.
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.
Frozen custard in Wayzata and Excelsior
888 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391
800 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN 55331
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.