Since I was on the west side I figured I’d stop at Weber’s Premium Custard & Ice Cream in Fairview Park, and see if it was any different than the one over in Mentor. In talking to the guy in Mentor last winter, I think they used to be owned by the same guy, but today are different entities. What I was most interested in was whether or not they had the malted chocolate custard.
For fear of not getting the story right, I’m not going to try and recount the history of the “Higbee’s malted chocolate custard pie”, but it goes way back. People my parent’s age fondly place this dessert in the same hallowed company as the Hough cake.
When we strolled into the shop the first thing I noticed was an autographed picture from Drew Carey. So now I know he likes Antonio’s and Weber’s. I then looked up on the wall and there it was “HIGBEE’S MALTED CUSTARD”. Bingo! That’s what I came for.
The girl at the counter served it up and before she could get the money out of my hand I was already inhaling it. Melting fast, I knew this cone was not going to last long. It’s good stuff, no doubt. I was tempted to get another one, but was content talking to my partner in crime (Mike “Cheesecake” Mihna), while he finished his butter pecan.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any childhood memories of this custard, or even the pie (I grew up in Medina). If you happen to be in the area and you can remember this stuff, I’d stop in, but I don’t think I’d make a special trip just to try it. They have a ton of other traditional ice creams, custards, sundaes, and shakes. If malted custard isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s something for everyone.
*Edit August 21, 2009*
Posted by Anonymous - " The former owner in Mentor sold his shop. It is now owned by the same folks as the Fairview Park store." Thanks for the update, hopefully they add it to their website.
Weber's Premium Custard & Ice Cream
20230 Lorain Rd
Cleveland, OH 44126