Halloween. That fantastically fun holiday that’s filled with funky costumes and fabulous candies. Thankfully, that boo-tiful holiday is right around the corner. As purveyors of sweet treats, we at Foo’s love Halloween and, especially, Halloween-themed desserts. We’ve scoured the Internet for some of our favorite Halloween delights. After all, who doesn’t love a cookie in a costume?
Whip up a batch of these sweet winged creatures of the night. You’ll need chocolate flavored Pop Tarts, Oreo cookies, melted chocolate, and tasty sprinkles. Cut diagonally, the Pop Tarts are the bat’s wings. The Oreo, dipped in chocolate, is the bat’s body. And the colorful sprinkles add a festive accent. Why not use some of Christopher Elbow’s artisanal chocolates in the recipe? An autumnal flavor like spiced orange will add some seasonal flair.
Mickey Mummy Cupcakes
Turn Mickey Mouse into a mummy! These cute creatures will instantly put your kids in the Halloween spirit. You’ll need chocolate cupcakes for Mickey’s body, marshmallow for his mummy wrap, chocolate nonpareils for his ears, and chocolate-covered raisins for his eyes. Mummified Mickey can join your morning coffee, accompany your kids’ school lunches, and even be handed out on Halloween night!
Cocoa Puffy Spider Bites
Here’s a spider bite that won’t hurt! Conquer your fears of tarantulas by devouring a delicious spider bite. Chocolate-dipped pretzels form the beast’s legs. A mixture of melted marshmallows, butter, and Cocoa Puffs cereal comprises the body. And a touch of icing gives the spider its eyes. Chomp chomp!
Spooky Witches’ Fingers
You’ll be itching to try these gruesome looking goodies. Essentially, these are green-colored sugar cookies that are rolled into finger shapes. The addition of blanched almond “nails” and a red “nail bed” make these treats very creepy. If you really want to induce a Halloween scare, hide one of these fingers in a place that no one would expect. Mwah hahaha!
At Foo’s, we love decorating our frozen custard with all kinds of festive toppings. Have a suggestion for a Halloween-themed sundae? Let us know and an early Happy Halloween!
At Foo’s, we love serving up creatively cool frozen custard sundaes and downright delicious lunches. So, in the spirit of back-to-school, we’ve got some inventive and tasty school lunch ideas.
A New Take On An Old Favorite
The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a school lunch standard. Crusts on or off, kids have been asking for this sweet and crunchy meal for generations. Add in a banana or some honey and the ol’ PB and J is even better. Why not surprise your kids this school year and make them the talk of the lunch room by turning the traditional sandwich into fun shapes like flower blossoms? There are so many shapes to choose from!
Roll Up The Fun
Fruit roll-ups are always a hit with kids. However, the store versions are loaded with sugar and preservatives. For parents who want to reduce the amount of sugar in their kids’ lunch boxes there is another way–cook up some homemade fruit rolls! These treats are, simply, just dried fruit that’s presented in the traditional rolled-up way. You’ll need to do a bit of pre-planning–the fruit puree needs to cool in the oven for 8 hours–but these snacks will last for a long time!
Brings Some Little Friends To Lunch
A celery stick, a dab of peanut butter, and a few raisins–that’s all you need to make ants on a log! This healthy addition to the lunchbox also provides kids with some little ant “friends.” Go on, let your kids play with this food; if they’re eating ants on a log they’re likely making up imaginative stories about those log-loving ants before crunching into the goodness!
We know that you can’t add a frozen custard sundae to your kids’ school lunches (think of the sticky mess!), but we hope you’ll have fun with their meals. And we always love to see families and friends on an after-school trip to Foo’s.
Labor Day weekend is upon us here in the United States. That means two things–end-of-summer parties and kids heading back to school. Before your young ones put on their backpacks and board those big yellow busses, consider introducing your family to a new back-to-school tradition to make the new school year a little more fun. We’ve collected a few back-to-school customs from around the world and from right here in the USA.
Nyuugakushiki literally means “school entrance ceremony” in Japanese and the beginning of each school year in Japan is quite a celebration. The Japanese school year begins in April, a fitting time since the spring season is one of renewal and rebirth. The school entrance ceremony is a grand event held in the school’s auditorium with plenty of floral decorations. At most schools the students dress in brand new uniforms and perform in a concert for their parents and teachers. The ceremony is attended by the each student’s parents. Often, the students’ mothers don traditional kimonos for the ceremony. Japanese students from kindergarten to university age celebrate the nyuugakushiki.
The school year begins on September 1st in Russia and this day is formally known as The Day of Knowledge. Students of all ages dress up in their finery and bring bunches of flowers to their teachers. This is a very special day for first graders who are attending school for the first time ever. One lucky first grade girl is chosen to ring the First Bell–she sits atop an 11th grade boy’s shoulders, is paraded around the school, and rings the school’s bell for the first time of year. The Day of Knowledge also includes poetry readings and the singing of songs.
While we don’t have any national back-to-school traditions here in the United States, many families make a special back-to-school shopping trip. Choosing a brand new backpack for the brand new year kicks things off the right way. There are also shiny new folders and colorful markers to buy. And don’t forget about shopping for fun, trendy clothes for the new year.
At Foo’s, we’d love it if you dropped by for some sweet frozen custard or a filling sandwich after your back-to-school shopping excursion. Be sure to show off your new school supplies and fresh duds!
While we love seeing our customers savor their frozen custard in both the Brookside and Leawood Foo’s, we know that people delight in devouring that delicious soft-serve ice cream on-the-go. And in these waning days of summer what’s better than bringing some fabulous frozen custard with you in the heat of the day? Here are some of the best places to bring along a cup or cone of your favorite frozen custard.
On A Stroll
Grab your cool custard and a friend and take a walk. Luckily, your Brookside Foo’s is in the perfect location for a custard-accompanied jaunt thanks to the 6.5 mile Trolley Track Trail. This trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy network. Rails-to-Trails is a Washington D.C. based non-profit that seeks to transform unused rail lines into beautiful paths on which people can walk, run, and bike. Rails-to-Trails was founded in 1986. Back then, there were under 200 rail-trails in the system. Now, there are more than 1,600 of these paths covering almost 20,000 miles and spanning the entire country! The Kansas City-area is home to several Rails-to-Trails paths like the 10 mile Riverfront Heritage Trail and the 11 mile Little Blue Trace Trail. So, while you’re meandering down the Trolley Track Trail, chatting with friends and enjoying your sundae, remember that you’re strolling down a little piece of the Rails-to-Trails massive network of pathways.
To The Park
Leawood, Kansas is home to six parks: Brook Beatty Park, Tomahawk Park, Leawood City Park, I-Lan Park, Gezer Park, and Ironwoods Park. That means there are plenty of bucolic destinations for you and your frozen custard sundae. Bring the kids to the Foo’s in Leawood, stock up on custards to-go, and choose your park. Be sure to order a three-scooper if you decide to start at Leawood City Park, walk the 4.1 miles along the Tomahawk Creek Greenway (where you’ll pass three fish-filled ponds), and arrive at Tomahawk Creek Park.
To The Pool
Late-summer Kansas City temperatures can be scorching. On August 14, 1936 it was 113 degrees in our fair city. That’s the all-time hottest temperature for our area. Just imagining sizzling heat like that is cause for an icy cool treat and a dip in the pool. Most city pools don’t allow patrons to carry in food. Not to worry–those rules don’t apply at your own backyard kiddie pool. Order up a waffle cone of your favorite frozen custard, fill your mini-natatorium with chilly H2O, settle in, and cool off!
So, what are you waiting for? Come on over to Foo’s for your trusty traveling frozen custard. We’ll be waiting for you!
The story behind the name of your neighborhood Kansas City frozen custard shop is multilayered. Sure, “Foo” is the nickname of Foo’s founder Joe Bremser, a moniker bestowed upon him by his father. The elder Bremser loved Smokey Stover comic books in which the main character was known to sigh, “Oh, Foo!” in moments of frustration. But what does Foo really mean?
Cartoonist William Holman was born on March 22, 1903 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He developed a fascination with firemen and firetrucks from an early age, doodling the famous red trucks on a pad of paper while working at his local five-and-ten. Then it was on to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts where Holman fine-tuned his drawing skills. He moved to the Big Apple in 1924 and joined the cartoon staff at the Herald Times. All things firefighter were constantly on his mind and Holman became famous for his Smokey Stover cartoon, featuring fireman Smokey and his wacky boss Chief Cash U Nutt. This funny twosome traveled to fires in their two-wheeled firetruck which they named the Foo Mobile. Two fools in the Foo Mobile, perhaps?
A Chinese good luck symbol
This still doesn’t explain the origin of the Foo’s moniker. While wandering around San Francisco, William Holman happened upon a jade statue in the city’s Chinatown. Engraved on the bottom of the statue was the Chinese word “Foo”. Holman discovered that Foo meant “Good Luck” when translated to English. And for the budding cartoonist Foo brought much good luck indeed.
So the next time you’re at Foo’s enjoying your morning cup of coffee or a delicious soup-and-sandwich combo or one of our famous frozen custard creations, remember the Foo’s origin story and soak up all of the good luck!
It’s not ice cream. It’s not frozen yogurt. So what, exactly, is it? And when did frozen custard become such a delicious treat?
Unlike ice cream, frozen custard is made with eggs as well as with cream and sugar. Frozen yogurt, on the other hand, is made with, well, yogurt as well as milk solids, sweeteners, and milk fat. And then there’s that Italian delicacy gelato which has much more sugar than ice cream and little to no air. It’s all very scientific.
You’ll notice when eating frozen custard that it’s very similar to ice cream in terms of its consistency, but it’s somehow not ice cream. That’s where eggs come into the story. What separates frozen custard from ice cream is the amount of egg yolk solids. The Food and Drug Administration takes their frozen delights seriously–they mandate that any product calling itself frozen custard have at least 10% milk fat and 1.4% egg yolk solids.
Where did frozen custard originate? It was the summer of 1919 on Coney Island, New York and ice cream vendors Archie and Elton Kohr needed a way to keep their ice cream cooler, so they added egg yolks to the recipe. Not only did their new creation stay icy cool in the heat, but the texture was smoother and more pleasing to the Kohr brothers’ customers. A dessert hit was born and they sold over 18,000 cones of frozen custard in the first weekend.
From Coney Island, frozen custard traveled to the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois and, after gaining many fans at the fair, headed north to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where it became a fixture of the city’s culinary landscape. In fact, Milwaukee is now the “unofficial frozen custard capital of the world.” More frozen custard is sold in Milwaukee than in any other place in the world.
So, now you know what’s in frozen custard and why it’s a special treat. Makes you want to eat some right now, doesn’t it?
Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard of Kansas City celebrates its 25th anniversary beginning this Fourth of July. Join us for 25 Days of Foo’s where we’ll introduce new lunch specials, creative frozen custard sundaes, honor our community, and more. Stay in touch with Foo’s on social media for plenty of anniversary excitement—we’ll be giving away great prizes, posting pictures of our customers, and lots more.
It’s always a great time for Foo’s, but summer is the season when your local Kansas City frozen custard shop was born. In June of 1988 Joe Bremser and his wife Roseann opened the original Foo’s location in Brookside. The focus of the Brookside, Foo’s was—and still is—on delicious frozen custard creations. A few years ago entrepreneur Jeff Stottle opened the second Foo’s in Leawood. Stottle’s shop’s menu features tasty lunches as well as sweet treats.
We hope to see you in our stores and online over the next 25 days and beyond.