I have tried them all, but would only really chase after the Kringle for more every time !
Grapenuts Custard is usually found in the North East and New England. It’s ok for a dessert change of pace, or if you are doing a Beans N Franks nite N E style dinner. It needs the support of a dinner rather than having me go into a diner to order just the custard.
The Chess Pie is better. Smooth and (very) Sweet. It is fairly common in this area and I like it. However if it is listed as one of several pies available for a dessert I will look for the Coconut Cream or Pecan or one of many fruit pies before selecting the Chess.
Date Shakes are unique. Living in the SoCal desert as long as I did made Date Shakes a pretty common frosty treat. As Jennifer said the quality varies greatly (as with most Fair-Food)from vender to vender. Two places where a Date Shake holds to it’s heritage are Shields Date Garden in Indio CA, I believe they originated the treat, or were among those who perfected it. If you get a shake there you can watch an interesting little film about the sex-life of a date while you sip your shake! The second is at the Summit Inn at the Oak Hill exit of northbound I-15 right at the top of Cajon Pass. They make a good Date Shake!
I like the nutty flavor of a Pecan Kringle….But Apricot is my very favorite flavor. Some of the Amish folks around here make a pastry that is very close to the Dannish recipe used by O&H I think.
Chips.. If the Kolache was listed I would have put it at the top of my list. My Mom made great Kolaches. Apricot, Cream Cheese, Poppy Seed all my favorites!!