Year-Round Natural Custard Treats
Jim Sheridan loved eating frozen custard when he was a child in upstate New York. Today, he is the owner of a franchise of custard stores throughout the Midwest. Customers line up outside the stores throughout the year (yes, even during the cold winter months in Kansas City) at his walk-up Sheridan’s Lattes and Frozen Custard stores. He spent eight years planning the details before his first store opened. He uses the old-fashioned and famous Carvel custard machines manufactured in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the store window, allowing people to watch the custard being made. The fresh ingredients include natural milk with no added hormones or antibiotics, fresh nuts, whole berries, and fresh frozen fruit. He buys the best local products for his creations. Natural produce products are sought out and make a wonderful final taste experience. The franchise motto of “No Compromises” is well deserved!
Sheridan’s has two choices of custard (vanilla and chocolate) and many sundaes, concretes and lattes on the menu each day. There are seasonal favorites as well. Yesterday, the temperature was 96 degrees in Kansas City. My husband and I each ordered Choconut Joy Concretes which is a summer-time special this year. Mine was a vanilla custard base, while my husband had a chocolate custard base. Each had chocolate shavings, fresh coconut and almonds mixed in. This really cooled us down while we enjoyed this extraordinary treat. The only real negative is the calories in each item, so we don’t indulge too often!
Other favorites for our family include: Razzle Dazzle sundae with raspberries, vanilla custard and chocolate sauce; Buckaroo sundae with vanilla custard, strawberries, bananas and chocolate sauce; Brett’s butter pecan concrete with vanilla custard, pecans and caramel sauce; and Royal Turtle sundae with roasted pecans, cherries, hot fudge and caramel sauce over vanilla custard. There are even doggie cones for your favorite dog to enjoy when visiting this outdoor store.
For people who enjoy lattes, there are many choices. These include plain latte, vanilla latte, turtle latte, cafe latte and caramel machiatto. Shakes, malts and smoothies are also available to order each day.
Sheridan’s New Restaurant ‘Unforked’ Eats and Sweets to feature Natural Foods
Sheridan’s is now developing their first sit-down restaurant in Kansas City called ‘Unforked’ Eats and Sweets at 7337 W 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. The menu will feature local seasonal ingredients that may be family-farmed organic products. If these are not available, then they will purchase fair trade foods. The next choice is unique highest quality local food products.
The food items will feature natural dairy products and natural Angus beef with no hormones or steroids added. The Heirloom tomatoes and micro-greens will not be genetically altered. The eggs will be gathered by hand from straw-filled nests. The fruits, including oranges and grapes, will be 100% pesticide free.
Breakfast will feature tortas. The lunch and dinner menu items include beef and vegetarian burgers, tacos, quesadillas and tortas. Desert items include many of the featured custard combinations featured at the walk-up Sheridan’s Lattes and Frozen Custard stores.
The chef is Rob Corliss, a James Beard Award-winning chef. His career started at the 5-Diamond Williamsburg Inn in Virginia. He has hosted culinary lectures and demonstrations for various organizations, taught in high school culinary programs, participated in live television shows and owned a personal catering business.
We are looking forward to eating at Sheridan’s ‘Unforked’ Eats and Sweets when it opens this summer!
The original Sheridan’s Lattes and Frozen Custard located at 6825 W 75th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, opened on June 15, 1998. Each business is independently owned and operated. The corporate offices are located in Stilwell, Kansas. In addition to Kansas, stores can now be found in Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Washington.
Disclosure: This author was not paid to write this article, nor has any financial interests in this franchise.