It was a beatiful sunny day as we wound our way up I79 to Conneaut Lake. Why Conneaut? For frozen custard of course. Hanks’s has been churning out this delicacy since 1952 (not 1951 like Dave H would have you believe!). So what is frozen custard? Well, it is a lot like ice cream except it has a higher content of butterfat and egg yolk which makes it thicker and creamier…and healthier right? It has eggs, those are healthy!
Ryan Hild is now the owner – the 3rd generation to run Hank’s. If you go up, you’ll probably meet his mother Linda who works there quite often and they have a special flavor for every day of the week, in addition to the usual vanilla and chocolate. The day we were there, they were featuring a special flavor called “Cake Batter.” Cake batter?!? Yeah, that’s what we said. Well, let me tell you, it tasted like yellow cake batter, but better. In fact, it was awesome. Now in case you were wondering, there is another Hank’s Frozen Custard in New Brighton, Beaver County. They are related, but not really, and we’ll explain that in our new show, Eat Pennsylvania 2: The Second Course. It’s our new statewide show that will be premiering on PBS TV sets across the commonwealth in the fall of 2009. Stay tuned to our website for more info and stay custardly Pittsburgh! – Dave R
For more info about Hank’s Frozen Custard – visit their very handy website at http://www.hanksfrozencustard.com/