The days of Indian Summer may be numbered, but that didn’t seem to phase Timmy O’Leary—the man behind Timmy O’s Frozen Custard. Visiting his two-month old store, which is practically around the corner from the Lemon Ice King of Corona, I was immediately offered samples of incredibly creamy frozen custard. The graduate of the Frozen Dessert Institute told me that one reason his custard is so tasty is that it’s served relatively warm so rather than freezing one’s taste buds it “melts and rolls of the tongue.” The other reason is top-notch ingredients, like Madagascar vanilla beans, that go into a proprietary blend used to make a crazy good vanilla custard.
In addition to chocolate and vanilla, O’Leary also has a flavor the day. The day I visited, it was blueberry pie: Vanilla custard shot through with blueberries and shards of pie crust. I opted for a scoop of each flavor. It’s not that I’m a glutton, I’m just indecisive. Today’s flavor of the day is coconut cream pie. It sounds so good that it makes me want to forget that the mercury will dip into the forties this evening.
Incidentally, the custard machines at Timmy O’s have a setting for Italian ices. O’Leary’s not certain whether he’ll take on the King of Corona later this summer. For now though, I know where I’ll be going for frozen custard, even if it’s freezing outside.
Timmy O’s Frozen Custard
49-07 104th Street, Corona NY 11368 (at 49th Avenue; map) 516-242-1843
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