10 Things You Didn’t Know About Culver’s Restaurants

Culver's has been serving frozen custard and ButterBurgers to guests for 30 years. Find out a few facts you didn't know about this Wisconsin-based chain (you already know the cheese curds are delicious!).

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Close up of a dutch black and white cow in Holland
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5,400 cows work full time to make milk for Culver’s custard

Culver’s fresh frozen custard is made from dairy sourced from more than 100 family farms in Wisconsin. Made in small slow-churned batches throughout the day, the frozen custard is rich, creamy and delicious. Added bonus: Because it’s served at a temperature that won’t freeze your taste buds, you get to experience the flavor longer!

No Culver’s in your neck of the woods? Try these copycat recipes at home.

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Culver's custard

There are 80+ Flavors of the Day

A tradition since the first restaurant was opened in 1984, the “Flavor of the Day” is a unique combination of frozen custard and mix-ins that differs from one restaurant to the next. Depending on the day, you can enjoy flavor combinations like Caramel Cashew, Chocolate Oreo Volcano, Georgia Peach, Mint Explosion or one of dozens of different combinations.

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Delicious pub style onion rings with ketchup and beer.
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Over 9 million orders of onion rings were served in 2017

9,326,744 to be exact. That’s more onion rings than there are people in Culver’s home state of Wisconsin! What makes them so popular? The onion ring batter features a subtle blend of spices, and the thick-cut onions (yellow, to bring out their sweetness) are fried to a crispy and delicious golden brown.

Try making your own at home with these herb-crusted sweet onion rings.

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Culver's cheese curds

More than 18 million orders of cheese curds are made annually

Laid end-to-end, those cheese curds would stretch to the moon, back to Earth, then back to the moon! Pro tip: Order a side of cheese curds and add them to your ButterBurger for a crazy-good flavor experience. Or make your own at home.

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Refreshing Root Beer Float with Vanilla Ice Cream
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315,205 gallons of its signature root beer are sipped annually

Growing up, co-founder Craig Culver was a big fan of root beer. So when the first restaurant opened, he helped create a signature root beer recipe. Today, you can enjoy a glass fresh from the fountain or in a root beer float with a scoop of fresh frozen custard.

Don’t miss these tasty root beer recipes.

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Culver's Butter Burger

ButterBurgers are smashed and seared to order

Made with a special blend of three cuts of fresh—never frozen—100% Midwest beef, ButterBurgers don’t touch the grill until after you’ve placed your order. Then they’re pressed, cooked-to-order and served on a lightly buttered, toasted bun. The signature sear locks in the burger’s moisture for full flavor, while giving it a crispy texture. Yum!

Psst! Learn which fast-food burger tastes best.

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Culver's employees

It’s awarded millions in scholarships to employees

As a way to show their appreciation to employees for their hard work and dedication, the Culver’s Foundation Scholarship Program provides financial support to those working towards college or technical school degrees. Since 1993, more than $4.5 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 3,000 team members.

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Culver's meal

Childhood favorites inspired the first Culver’s

The first Culver’s was opened in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1984 by Craig and Lea Culver, along with Craig’s parents George and Ruth. The idea for the restaurant came from two of Craig’s favorite childhood things: his mom’s homemade hamburgers with fresh frozen custard.

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Sweet Homemade Banana Split Sundae with Chocolate Vanilla Strawberry Ice Cream
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185,000 pounds of bananas are needed to make banana splits annually

The dessert possibilities are endless. On any given day you’ll find three frozen custard flavors on the menu: vanilla, chocolate and the Flavor of The Day. Pick the toppings and mix-ins you’re craving to create your own Concrete Mixer or sundae. Other options include shakes, malts and floats.

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Culver's custard

Ask Alexa to find your favorite flavor

To find the location serving your favorite Flavor of the Day, you can ask Amazon Alexa. Enable the Culver’s skill to quickly hear which flavor is available at your nearest location. If you’re not a fan of the flavor being served at the nearest location, ask Alexa to find it for you. Did you know that Alexa can do so much more to help your cooking, too?

Lauren Naru
Lauren Naru writes about gift guides, sales, and must-have items for the kitchen and home. She loves a good deal is and is always on the hunt for super-savings and products that solve cooking problems. In her spare time, you’ll find her creating custom cookies for friends and family. Lauren lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley region.