In 2010, a man named Jason Angeles was laid off from his corporate IT job and decided to take a big leap into the food truck industry. San Francisco’s food truck scene is not easy to jump into, as there are plenty of food trucks roaming around the city looking to satisfy your hunger. Regardless, Jason decided to take the plunge, took a custard class, and created the Frozen Kuhsterd Truck; and I, as well as many others, are very thankful that he did.
Frozen Kuhsterd is not your run-of-the-mill ice cream or frozen yogurt style food truck. Frozen custard is actually a much denser and creamier frozen treat, and in my personal opinion, beats ice cream in every way. Frozen Kuhsterd began at the Underground Market in 2011, which is a venue for beginning food vendors, and after its success there, it became the first frozen custard truck in California in 2012. They have since became the highest rated food truck on Yelp with over 170 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. They have also partnered with local, well-known bakeries Mission Minis Cupcakes (season 7 winner of the Food Network’s show “Cupcake Wars”) and Dynamo Donut and Coffee.
Frozen Kuhsterd offers a variety of sweet frozen treats that are incomparable to any other dessert you will taste. Their flavors, sundaes, and sandwiches are inspired by the ethnic backgrounds and global eating experiences of the Frozen Kuhsterd team. The fifty flavors their offer vary day-to-day.
I visited the truck last Tuesday when it was parked in front Gleeson Library, and the flavors offered were Thai iced tea, cookies and cream, vanilla bean, and Four Barrel Coffee. Not only do they offer regular scoops of their decadent custard, but they have a variety of sundaes and sandwiches to try. They offer a Mission Style Dynamo Donut Kuhsterd sandwich, which includes a maple-bacon donut from Dynamo, cut in half and stuffed with Four Barrel Coffee custard, topped with sauteed apples and bacon. For $7, it is a mouthful of flavor and delicious frozen custard. My personal favorite sundae is the Napa Style Sundae, which is a single scoop of the classic vanilla bean custard that sits on top of a burnt caramel bottom, topped with olive oil and sea salt. The sweet custard flavor mixed with a salted caramel style topping is the perfect combination of salty and sweet and for $6, is the perfect indulgence.
The ultimate splurge that the Kuhsterd Truck introduced in November of last year is the FK Your Diet Sundae. If you complete the entire sundae alone, they award you with a Kuhsterd Truck T-Shirt. The FK Your Diet Sundae consists of a scoop of the 4 flavors they are offering that day, every topping they have on the truck, a Dynamo Donut and a Mission Minis Cupcake. It would truly be a feat to finish this monstrous sundae, and the boys working the truck are always weary when people try to order it.
Overall, the Kuhsterd Truck is an alternative for the usual ice cream or frozen yogurt dessert. They have parked themselves at USF three times in the last few weeks and I will definitely be anticipating the next time they’re around.