Rachel on the Road: K&J’s Elegant Pastries and Creamery

ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — We’ve found just the treat for your little ones before they go back to school.

K&J’s Elegant Pastries and Creamery is the talk of the town. It’s not your typical single or double scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone. Their milkshakes are massive!

Owner Kristal Bryant says they are perfect for sharing.

“Especially if you have smaller kids, don’t get one for everybody,” Bryant said. “Some adults do finish them, I’m not going to lie, but for kids, it’s great for sharing.”

The popular K&J original has a brownie, cookie sandwich, vanilla shake, Oreos and more all in one shake. The cotton candy shake has a full cotton candy cupcake, cotton candy ice cream, cotton candy itself, candy pearls, strawberry syrup, and whip cream. For a look at their full menu, click here.

Bryant gave us the inside scoop on two new flavors launching this week.

“Nobody knows the flavors yet, but we are going to do a cinnamon roll milkshake and a shake that’s called Blue Monster. It’s a cookie monster shake.”

This new level of success didn’t come easy for the business owner.

“I’ve known I wanted to do this since I was 14 years old,” Kristal said. “A lady came from the Art Institute of Atlanta to my art class in high school, and she showed us culinary arts. That was the first time I had ever heard of it. I was so intrigued by it. From that day, I’ve known this is what I wanted to do, so I went to culinary school.”

Although the pastry shelf went to culinary school, she can’t credit her skills to school alone.

“Funny thing is, I’ve never had a baking class. That part is self-taught.”

Bryant says her success still surprises her.

“I started this at home, raising my kids, being an at home mom and doing the cakes on the side,” Bryant said. “After the years of growing and growing and just to see it flourish into what it is now, it’s just overwhelming. I don’t even have words for it.”

Once you place your order, it’s likely that one of Bryant’s family members will serve you the shake. It’s a family-run business that everybody loves.

When CBS 42 stopped by, there were easily 20 people waiting at the door for ice cream – at 10 a.m.!

“The kids were wanting to come here for the last hooray for the summer,” April Hall, one of the 20 waiting at the door said. “After registration today, the kids had to come get a milkshake from the famous K&J’s in Alabaster, so we loaded up from Leeds and headed this way.”

K&J’s is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Don’t miss Rachel on the Road next Friday morning right here on CBS42!

To submit an idea of where Rachel should road trip to next, e-mail her at Rachel.Lundberg@wiat.com.

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