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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Chronicles of Creams

As described, this past Friday I was given the bad news: Shake Shack would be discontinuing its whipped cream and sundae service.  I went home and looked through the online Shake Shack menus, and noticed that indeed whipped cream was no longer listed as a topping.  However, I noticed that at one location - the Upper East Side - it was still on the menu.  I gave a call and spoke to a manager.  She confirmed that whipped cream and sundaes had been discontinued at all locations except the Upper East Side.  "Concretes are a better showcase for our custard," she said, as opposed to sundaes.  She also said the UES location still has whipped cream because one of their signature concretes features it.

I let the sad news sink in, but I simply couldn't accept it.  I ended up at a McDonald's last night, and I ordered a chocolate milkshake.  For those who haven't ordered a milkshake at McDonald's as of late, the creamy drink is now part of the McCafe series of beverages.  It comes in a clear plastic cup with a domed lid, which allows for a heaping portion of whipped cream and a cherry.  To be sure, it's some sort of whipped topping, as opposed to real whipped cream.  But still, at least at McDonald's they pretend to care about whipped cream.

As I sat at McDonald's drinking my perfectly enjoyable shake, I realized I just couldn't sit back and watch such a good thing die.  I was reminded of the following:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

By god, I know I can change this, and I have the courage to do so!  Therefore, I have started a petition, which I plan on presenting to Danny Meyers and Shake Shake.  I ask you to please join me in fighting cream destruction.