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What is the best Concrete Mixer at Culver’s?

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Vanilla with Cookie Dough and Brownie Bites

Remember those times as a kid when you’d be at your awkward friend’s birthday party (let’s call him Joe), and Joe’s mom whips out warm brownies and chocolate chip cookies. You’re excited. You’ve been eagerly waiting for the party to be over, but the combo of brownies and cookies keeps you alive. But it gets better: she has vanilla ice cream and is offering to put a scoop on top of your brownie and cookie. What a trio.

What if I told you that you could recreate that same sensational feeling you had at Joe’s birthday party with a Concrete Mixer at Culver’s? The beautiful combination between the chewy brownie and the sensational cookie dough has been a dessert enjoyed since the Dark Ages. Add soft, homemade vanilla ice cream to your cup, and you’re living like a king.

So many people go up to the counter at Culver’s and try to make these artsy fartsy concrete mixers to make themselves feel like a chef. Those people are total amateurs; nothing beats the classics. Cookie dough and brownie bites with the ever-so-enticing batch of vanilla custard can never be beaten. Whenever people getadventurous with their mix, they spend the rest of their meal eating their Butter Burger in sorrow wishing they had chosen the cookie dough and brownie concrete mixer.

I get this comment all the time: the brownie freezes inside of the Mixer. I can’t believe people actually think the brownie gets hard inside of the Mixer. It’s simply not true. The brownie is cooked to perfection so that the outside crust protects the inner chewiness. I am a firm believer that only those who have never tried a brownie Concrete Mixer assume that it gets ruined with the ice cream.

Get a grip people.

Since when is vanilla with Andes mints and Oreo’s a thing? Andes mints are the cheap piece of mint that you get with the check at a sleazy Italian restaurant. Is it the chocolate that you look at and say: “Well it’s no York Patty or Red Bird Mint, but maybe my son will like it”? Who in the world puts it on a Concrete Mixer? You have so many choices, and the fact that you settle upon an Andes mint is absurd. It’s hard to hate on the Oreo. It’s a distinctive taste that’s   been a staple in the Culver’s industry since the restaurant opened in 1984, but to pair it with Andes mints is insulting.

Vanilla with cookie dough and Oreos is close. Oreo and cookie dough doesn’t mix. The Oreo always dominates the cookie dough, and it becomes an Oreo shake with some other chewy objects that gets “lost in the sauce.” If you’ve ever been to Culver’s, you know how much Oreo the employees load into a shake. There’s never any room for other toppings. It then just becomes eating Oreos with a hint of ice cream on the side. If you call yourself a real cookie dough fan, don’t belittle the delicious dough by putting it next to the invasive specie of Oreos.

Next time you’re in the line at Culver’s and you’re planning on diving into a Concrete Mixer, there is no better combination than vanilla ice cream with cookie dough and brownies.

The aesthetically pleasing drive through windows at the Gull Road Culver’s. Photo by Miles Renwick.

By Miles Renwick

Vanilla with Oreo and Andes Mints 

Vanilla ice cream is the king. This flavor is more classic than watching Rugrats on a Sunday afternoon. Now we move on the the crushed on oreo: this has been an ice cream topping since Oreos have been created. Now the sweet-crushed mint. Andes mints became famous from Olive Garden’s sponsorship. Every time the bill comes in after a great Italian meal, it comes with a handful of these yummy mints. Not once have I seen or heard of someone who didn’t want this sweet treat. These three ingredients might not be the most conventional option but when put together, puts more smiles on people’s faces than Ronald McDonald.

Some simpletons have the idea that an Andes mints are a “knock off of a York Peppermint Patty.”York Peppermint Patties are a completely different mint candy experience. The largest discrepancy that York Peppermints are made of peppermint while Andes mints are made of a much sweeter mint. Also, York Peppermint Patties are coated in a repugnant dark chocolate coating while the far greater Andes mints have a whole side of a sweet milk chocolate that compliments the mint exquisitely.

Now, Culver’s may attempt to warm the brownies prior to putting them into the ice cream. They may heat the brownies when cooking them, but the customer surely does not get the warm brownie that they have been promised.

All the great memories that you have at friends houses where kind mothers whip out warm brownies are destroyed from this cold, hard, nasty clump of chocolate.

Cookie dough, good to eat on its own but adding a stick brown clump is an atrocity. If you truly want to taste any cookie dough, you should leave it alone in a nice vanilla concrete, but when you add brownies to the mix, they clump together and form one ball and the chocolate will mask the taste of the chocolate-chip goodness. No one wants this terrible combo when they are forking over their hard earned cash. Now onto cookie dough paired with oreo. I can’t even describe how much of a waste of good money this is. Again, the sweet taste of cookie dough is clobbered by the overpowering taste of the oreo. This would be a terrible option because it is a waste of an option.

By Daniel Keene

Vanilla with Cookie Dough and Oreos

Licking the cookie dough off of the mixer after making a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies is one of the best feelings a human can experience, next to dunking an Oreo into a cold glass of milk and then taking a bite of the delicious cookie and the beautiful fluffy cream filling.

Combining cookie dough with Oreos and then mixing them into vanilla ice cream should be illegal, it tastes so good. The soft texture of the cookie dough is complemented perfectly by the crunch of the Oreo cookie.

Two worlds collide and form an incredible treat.

When buffoons stand at the Culver’s counter, they look at the many options and have cheap mints, or dry brownies catch their eye, but when a Concrete Mixer connoisseur like myself gazes upon the choices there are two clear diamonds in the rough, cookie dough and Oreo’s. The creamy filling of the Oreo mixes perfectly into the custard cream enhancing the taste, while the cookie dough is a timeless classic that can go well with almost anything.

Brownies and cookie dough would be a good combination if the Culver’s brownies weren’t so low quality. Taking a bite out of a Culver’s brownie is like eating a handful of sand it’s so dry. Occasionally someone will get lucky and get a brownie that is not dry, but the excitement of having a moist brownie is quickly killed off as soon as that person takes a bite and experiences a sensation similar to chewing literal concrete.

The brownies that are not dry are frozen so hard you would think you’re eating a chocolate brick. Not only are the brownies poor quality, they just don’t mix with cookie dough. Both cookie dough and brownies are soft, and contain no crunch, which doesn’t work when mixed into ice cream. All  ice cream needs a good crunch or snap, whether it’s Oreos or another treat that complements the softness of the cookie dough.

When it comes to Andes Mints and Oreos, it’s hard to pick a worse combination from the Culver’s toppings. A knock off York Patty, mixed with a chocolate cookie just doesn’t mix. This combination is also all crunch and snap, and no soft. The two hard toppings overwhelm the ice cream.

A spoonful of a concrete mixer with vanilla ice cream, Oreos and cookie dough could leave Gordon Ramsay delighted. There is simply nothing wrong with this pristine combination, and it is the epitome of what a good concrete mixer should be.

By Nick Tracy

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Miles Renwick
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I am a senior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year on staff. I play varsity soccer and enjoy writing about sports. I am looking forward to a good year.

5 Comments

  1. Nicholas Tracy

    Ew Andes MInts and Oreos is absolutelt disgusting.

  2. Nicholas Tracy

    I mean come on that’s not even edible is it?

  3. ethan barnes

    I agree with Nicholas Tracy

  4. Miles Renwick
    Miles Renwick

    I like to preach positivity in the comment section, but Andes Mints in a Concrete Mixer is tragic.

    • Cheryl Jolin

      I have to agree that Miles is correct. I love mints, but not in a concrete mixer. His combo is superior.

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