November 21, 2009

Shake Shack: Apple Cider and Our Own Custom Concrete

Wanting a sweet treat, we went to our go-to quick (and affordable) dessert spot: Shake Shack UWS.

We got to the front of the line, scanned the menu, and spotted the Doughnut Concrete with vanilla custard and bits of Doughnut Plant doughnuts. How could we resist?

So we ordered it - only to be told that it was sold out and just taken off the menu.

We did end up getting a special that we think might have been better than the original!

We ordered the hot Apple Cider combo with Doughnut Plant donut holes ($3.95) with the November Friday custard, Apple Cider ($3.50)  and mentioned to our cashier that we'll probably combine everything together to make our own concrete.  He offered to use Shake Shack's concrete blender to mix our Apple Cider custard with the Doughnut Plant donut holes .  

The donut holes were a first for Doughnut Plant and we found them incredibly addictive.  We loved their cakey texture with a glaze tasting like cinnamon, caramel, and apple. They went well with our Apple Cider custard which had similar flavors.  We loved our specially-made Apple Cider concrete.

The hot Apple Cider was like liquid apple pie.

With notes of cinnamon and fresh apple from the orchard taste, this hot mulled drink was perfect for a chilly Autumn's night. 

This seasonal drink was a first for Shake Shack and we hope they keep bringing it back!
So if you are in the mood for apple-three-ways (ice cream, doughnuts and apple cider), save some room after Thanksgiving dinner and stop by Shake Shack on Black Friday (the last Friday in November).


  1. omg that concrete sounds so good! what a perfect combination of flavors for fall! wish we has a shake shack here.

  2. I would definitely go for this scurmptious "apples three ways"! Yum!

  3. That looks perfect for a fall evening. Nice flavour combos. Why's it called "concrete"?

  4. @lk - come to NYC when Mardi's here and we'll hit up all the Shake Shacks!

    @5 Star Foodie - I bet you would come up with a great 3-way apple dessert!

    @Mardi-I think Concretes were originally from St. Louis where Ted Drewe made and popularized them. Danny Meyer, who's from St. Louis, was inspired from them. My guess is that it's called a concrete because the original frozen custard and mix-ins are so thick, it won't fall out if it's turned upside down like concrete. Btw, Dairy Queen likely was inspired by Ted Drewe too and made the Blizzard based on his concrete.

  5. Funny - someone was just asking me yesterday what the difference between a concrete and a blizzard is, and then we tried to decide which is better. I'm torn, because I think the ingredients at Shake Shack are far superior, but I love all of the STUFF you get in a blizzard.


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