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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... frozen custard?


In the realm of advertising cliche, "velvety" and "silky" would qualify as apt descriptors for the frozen custard at Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine. In the realm of Boise Weekly, we scoff at such overused adjectives. Think, instead, of a dense frozen treat that wraps around the inside of your mouth like squishy mud welcomes bare toes, or like how it might feel to slide your entire body through a tube of cushioned silk.

Created in 1919 on Coney Island, New York, frozen custard begins on the double boiler and emerges from the freezer creamier than ice cream due to smaller ice crystals and fewer air bubbles. According to the ever-so-brief history of frozen custard on Donnie Mac's menu, the trailer park restaurant serves up custard that is 10 percent butterfat and 1.9 percent egg yolk. It may not be healthy heart food, but with almost as many ways to order it as there are fat calories in a serving, it is one highly versatile and superbly tasty diet cheat.

Available at Donnie Mac's in vanilla only, custard comes in three sizes of sundaes, four sizes of cones and two sizes of muds. Choose one (Little Scooter), two (Fatty Caddy) or three (Heavy Chevy) scoops of custard and then pick from a list of sundae toppings including all major candy bars, various flavors of sauce, and random chunky additions like graham crackers, cheesecake bits, peanuts and Oreos. Muds are a creation unique to Donnie Mac's. The trailer park version of a milkshake, muds come in the usual variety of shake flavors, as well as a few unexpected choices, like lemon, chai, espresso and honey.

Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St. 338-7813.