Chocolate Pretzel Frozen Custard & Giveaway!

Something curious happened the summer of my freshman year in college. Frozen custard shops popped up all over town, all at once. I distinctly remember at least FIVE brand-new custard shops opening that summer, and possibly more. They were all the rage! Lines of soon-to-be patrons snaked across the parking lots, so much so, that you could barely pull in! What was the big deal about frozen custard you wonder? Well, if you are asking, it’s certain you haven’t tasted it!

Frozen custard, the most silky and decadent treat in the “ice cream family,” is known for it’s dense velvety texture. This texture is derived by the marriage of heavy cream and numerous egg yolks. It’s a truly beautiful union!

Custard laughs in the face of calorie counters. Calories-shmalories! It beckons you back again and again. No wonder so many shops were able to open and thrive that year. Tulsa, Oklahoma was suddenly a much happier place to live…fat and happy that is. *wink*

I madeChocolate Pretzel Frozen Custard one evening when we had guests over. This particular group of friends have tasted a great deal of my cooking and always make me feel like Julia Child, showering me with high praise. (Maybe that’s why I keep inviting them back!) Let me tell you, they could NOT stop talking about the custard; more so than anything else I’ve ever served them. In fact a couple of them, who don’t even eat ice cream, said it was their new favorite dessert, hands down. One friend, who’s name will remain anonymous, now checks my freezer every time he walks in the door. …It was that good.

This toothsome and salty dish of indulgence would make a wonderful dessert course on Valentine’s night! Like the perfect romance, it is unassuming at first glance, then it’s sultry sweetness leaves you wanting more!


Yield: 6 cups of heaven

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chocolate Pretzel Frozen Custard


2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk (or half-n-half)
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 Tb. vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 cup cocoa powder ( I used half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate)
5 egg yolks
1 heaping cup chopped pretzels


In a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together cream, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture just to a boil.

While the cream mixture is heating, use an immersion blender to whip the egg yolks and white sugar until it’s pale and thick.

Whisking the cream mixture constantly, slowly pour in the egg mixture until it’s well combine. (I used the immersion blender for this as well.)

Allow the mixture to thicken for a couple minutes. Strain the mixture to eliminate any clumps and place in an airtight container. Put it into the refrigerator for a few hours, until completely chilled. (If in a hurry, place in the freezer for 1 hour—don’t forget about it!)

Once the mixture is chilled, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn for 20+ minutes to the desired consistency. Finally pour in the pretzel pieces and churn another minute.

Serve immediately or place in the freezer to harden.

I’m having such fun with my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that I’m thrilled to announce has generously offered a machine for one lucky ASP reader!

Central Chef carries a wide array of high-quality kitchen goods from small appliances to environmentally minded kitchen accessories. Amongst these, they have many fun and unique products to make and serve ice cream. Here are a few of my favorites…

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To Enter the Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker Giveaway: (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

1. Leave a comment describing your favorite frozen treat!

2. For a second chance to win, become an ASP subscriber.

3. For an additional 3rd and 4th chance, Tweet about the giveaway and/or link this post to your Facebook page.

(Make sure to leave a separate comment for each!)

Fine Print~

The giveaway will close and a winner will be selected  at 10 pm EST February 16th. At that time, the winner will need to produce a valid street address.

If the winner does not respond within one week, an alternate winner will be selected.

For US residents only.

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170 Responses to “Chocolate Pretzel Frozen Custard & Giveaway!”

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    Betsy — February 16, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    My favorites are butter pecan and anything chocolate, escpecially combined with coffee!


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    Betsy — February 16, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    I subscribe through google reader and now email, as well :)


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    Betsy — February 16, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    I posted a link for this giveaway on Facebook


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    Betsy — February 16, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway


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    Howdy. I’m glad I’m too late for the giveaway because I want to comment on the amazingness of this frozen custard for its own sake. There was a frozen custard shop in Wilmington where my in-laws live that we would stop in every time we visited. I’ve been bereft ever since it closed its doors. This brings hope back. Thank you for creating this recipe! Now if you could just make one without chocolate in it? Please? :)


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    Suchitra — February 17, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Really innovative custard- never tried chocolate with pretzel- should taste swell!


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    Mary Poppins in Heels — February 17, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    It’s possible that I’ve flaked out badly enough that I’m missing the look-who-the-winner-is section of this giveaway, but I just can’t find it anywhere! Am I alone in my quest???


    • Sommer — February 17th, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

      Hey Mary~ I announced the giveaway winner in the article posted 2-17-11. Thanks for asking. :)


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    Laura — February 18, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I made this for Brian on V-day and it was incredibly decadent and delicious, Sommer! I loved how it was so deeply chocolate and not overly sweet.


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    A little bit of everything — February 18, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Your custard sounds so good. Since M&M and pretzel came on the market I love the choco-pretzel combo.
    And with the sunny days outside, this would be a heavenly treat.
    thanks for sharing Sommer.
    hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend


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    The Teenage Taste — March 11, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    Words can’t even describe how amazingly delicious this looks right now. If only I had an ice cream maker…I sense a trip to the store coming up! ;-)


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    Audrey — October 11, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I finally got around to making this, and it’s amazing! It was also MUCH easier to make than any of the chocolate ice cream recipes I’ve made before. One note, I cut the recipe down by 25%. I have the Cuisinart ice cream maker, and all of my recipes max out the liquid ingredients at 3 cups, which almost overflows the tub when done churning.


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    The Blissful Baker — June 23, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    This looks sooooo amazing! I want some right now!

    Check out my latest recipe @


  13. #
    Jamie — May 21, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Ice cream will always be my fave!


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    Jamie — May 21, 2013 @ 11:59 am
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    Jamie — May 21, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I subscribe!


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    Jenny — August 1, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Your mode of describing the whole thing in this paragraph is truly fastidious, all can without difficulty understand it, Thanks a lot.



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