6 Best Licks of Frozen Custard in the Washington, D.C. Area

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 6 Best Licks of Frozen Custard in the Washington, D.C. Area

[Photographs: Abbey Becker, unless otherwise noted]

When it comes to cold and creamy dairy desserts, most people have a favorite flavor of ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt. Southerners and midwesterners have another to add to the list—frozen custard.

The FDA requires frozen custard to contain at least 10 percent milkfat and 1.4 percent egg yolk solids. We at Serious Eats require frozen custard to be creamy, luxuriously smooth in texture, and balanced in flavor to be considered worthy of a lick. While it can require a bit of a drive into the suburbs of D.C. to find good frozen custard, here are six that are well worth the mileage.

Our picks:
Dickey's Frozen Custard
The Dairy Godmother
Shake Shack
Frozen Dairy Bar & Boardwalk Pizza
Milwaukee Frozen Custard
Carmen's Italian Ice & Café


About the author: Abbey Becker is DC metro area native that spends her time cooking, eating, watching the Cooking Channel, and trying to find people who appreciate Wegman's as much as she does. She works at a university to pay the bills, but secretly spends part of her day looking up new restaurants and recipes to try.

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