10 Things You Didn't Know About Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes (6726 Chippewa Street, 314-481-2652 and 4224 S Grand Blvd, 314-352-7376) is a St. Louis institution, but you already knew that. Any St. Louisan worth their salt can conjure up daydreams of that creamy custard. But there are some things you (probably) don't know about the historic Route 66 landmark. --Nancy Stiles

Ted Drewes (6726 Chippewa Street, 314-481-2652 and 4224 S Grand Blvd, 314-352-7376) is a St. Louis institution, but you already knew that. Any St. Louisan worth their salt can conjure up daydreams of that creamy custard. But there are some things you (probably) don't know about the historic Route 66 landmark.

--Nancy Stiles

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1. Ted Drewes Sr. won the Muny tennis championship each year from 1926 to 1935.
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1. Ted Drewes Sr. won the Muny tennis championship each year from 1926 to 1935.

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2. It actually started in Florida. Ted Sr. briefly opened his first custard joint in St. Petersburg before returning to St. Louis.
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2. It actually started in Florida. Ted Sr. briefly opened his first custard joint in St. Petersburg before returning to St. Louis.

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3. Ted Sr. began making custard with a traveling carnival in the 1920s.
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3. Ted Sr. began making custard with a traveling carnival in the 1920s.

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4. The Drewes family owns land in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia -- that's where they grow their Christmas trees.
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4. The Drewes family owns land in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia -- that's where they grow their Christmas trees.

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5. The first St. Louis Ted Drewes location stood between a Shell station and a watermelon stand.
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5. The first St. Louis Ted Drewes location stood between a Shell station and a watermelon stand.

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6. Ted Sr.'s wife, Mildred, was the stand's first car hop and took orders without writing them down.
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6. Ted Sr.'s wife, Mildred, was the stand's first car hop and took orders without writing them down.

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7. Ted Jr. has received several offers to franchise Ted Drewes, but he vows he'll never do it.
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7. Ted Jr. has received several offers to franchise Ted Drewes, but he vows he'll never do it.

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8. The "Dottie" is named after Ted Jr.'s wife.
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8. The "Dottie" is named after Ted Jr.'s wife.

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9. Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer was inspired by Ted Drewes (and his other hometown favorite, Steak 'n' Shake).
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9. Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer was inspired by Ted Drewes (and his other hometown favorite, Steak 'n' Shake).

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10. The frozen custard is made with eggs and honey, but those who know the exact recipe are sworn to secrecy.
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10. The frozen custard is made with eggs and honey, but those who know the exact recipe are sworn to secrecy.

Photo courtesy of Laura / Flickr