Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Full Review: Connie's Frozen Custard on Jones Road

Chocolate Frozen Custard
A week or so ago, I did A LOT of driving to do a comparison on 5 different Houston Frozen Custard places.  One of them close to where I teach at Lone Star College University Park stood out to me and I paid them another visit this week to give them a full on review, as well as try a couple of their other specialty items.  I'm talking about Connie's Frozen Custard on Jones Road.  Last time I visited I had their wonderful Vanilla custard on a cake cone.  This time I tried their Chocolate custard and a Concrete Mixer--think similar to a DQ Blizzard™, but made with frozen custard instead of soft serve--specifically a Pretzel Caramel Crunch Concrete Mixer.

Chocolate Frozen Custard:
This was smooth and creamy.  Had a Sweet but Not Too Sweet Cocoa taste to it.  Reminded me a bit of how chocolate ice cream tasted back when I was a kid in the 1970s.  Freshly made and scooped, shiny, brown creamy and a nice cooler on a hot Houston day in May. Grade: A
Pretzel Caramel Crunch Concrete Mixer
Salty sweet crunchy greamy gooey heaven!!! 

Pretzel Caramel Crunch Concrete Mixer
Salted Caramel is a mainly Latin flavor that has worked its way into the American Food psyche.  We now see it in ice cream, hot chocolate and even frappucinos.  Pretzels with chocolate and caramel have been around for a while, but started as a novelty done by small candy shops.  We now have pretzel M&Ms.  This particular concrete mixer was rich and creamy (love the egg taste in frozen custard here--like mild vanilla egg nog but no nutmeg) the caramel was a little sticky, the pretzels salty and very crunchy.  This was a great mix of sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth and melty.  A clear winner! Grade: A+

Special Note:  
Connie's is like the Ritter's Frozen Custard Stand in Katy.  It has no inside seating.  You eat outside on the porch or at the tables with the umbrellas.  I do not recommend getting a cone unless you eat it fast or unless it's a spring day in the 70s F/mid 20s C.  You will get MAXIMUM DRIPPAGE in the current 90F+/28C+ temperatures of a Houston May if you get a large sized cone.  You have been warned.

The Foodie Professor's Report card for
Connie's Frozen Custard:
Frozen Custard: A/A+
     Friendliness: A
     Speed:  B+
Atmosphere: Incomplete (no interior place to sit down, just stand or sit outside and eat)
Cleanliness: A (Big window, easy to see inside, very clean)

Overall Grade:  A

Connie's Frozen Custard
12545 Jones Road
Houston, TX 77070

Mon-Thu: 11 AM to 10 PM
Fri, Sat: 11 AM to 10:30 PM
Sun: Noon to 10 PM

And Remember:
Eat Happy!
Zao an, Y'all!

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