Crab Orchard Edition: Berkshire's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

BerkshiresBerkshire's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard has a few locations in southern West Virginia. There's the Princeton location, the Beckley location, and, finally, the Crab Orchard location. If you recall, I tried to visit this final West Virginia location before, with no success. 

But today ... today I finish out the list. 

Some background: The founder, Merle Berkshire, was a big fan of frozen custard and would always seek out those shops whenever he would travel:
“I have always believed custard is the Mercedes of ice cream. It has a small amount of egg in it, which makes it richer and smoother and creamier. It really is premium ice cream,” Merle said in WV Living.
BerkshiresAnd as time went on, frozen custard went out of style, but there was a resurgence again in 2000. It was then when he looked to get into the business. He opened a small custard stand at his gift shop in Pipestem and then moved to the three main locations: Princeton, Beckley and Crab Orchard.

The buildings are outfitted in a retro style, complete with black-and-white checkered borders and tablecloths and neon signs. The menu reflects this style: sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, and custard swirls - in addition to hot dogs, BBQ and grilled cheese sandwiches. One of the cooler features is that these shops actually have a rotating flavor of the week, which is always tasty.

BerkshiresI was en route to another location, so I only went through the drive-thru. I ordered a caramel milkshake to divert from the cone I had last time. First off, it's caramel. So, that's already a win in my book. But, this was seriously good! The roasty sweet flavor was very tasty - much better than the cones I've had here. I don't think I'll ever go back. Milkshakes fo lyfe.

Grade: A
Berkshire's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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