Dee and Angie Cowger continued a family tradition and opened The Custard Stand in 1991 as a take-out dairy bar in Webster Springs, West Virginia. The Cowgers used a century-old recipe created by Angie’s grandfather as the chili for the hot dogs. Customers kept asking where they could buy Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili.
In 2003, Dee and Angie converted the three-bay car wash behind the Webster Springs restaurant into a USDA-approved production facility and opened a second business, Custard Stand Food Products.
In February 2016, the Cowgers pitched the hot dog chili and chili soup on ABC’s award-winning reality show, SHARK TANK. While the Cowgers didn’t get a deal, the exposure and praise from the SHARKS dramatically increased retail and online sales. Billionaire Mark Cuban said the couple are living proof of the American Dream.
Over the years, the Cowgers, their three children and other family members visited stores, festivals and consumer shows to hand out samples of America’s Tastiest chili and talk to people about the product. The family proudly promotes the values of homemade taste, quality and consistency.
Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili is available at Kroger, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, IGA, along with smaller chains and independent grocery stores, in more than 18 states. (Find a retailer near you.) It can be ordered online and shipped in two days to most of the U.S. for a flat rate fee.
Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili is served by West Virginia University and Glenville (WV) State College at football, basketball and baseball games. We are the chili of choice for WV Power in Charleston and WV Black Bears in Morgantown, Pittsburgh Pirates minor league baseball teams. Our chili can be found topping hot dogs, fries, nachos and more at restaurants, convenience stores, concession stands and more across the U.S.
The second restaurant, The Custard Stand-Flatwoods, opened in early 2009 in Flatwoods, WV. Since 2010, franchise owners in WV have opened The Custard Stand restaurants in Danville, Elkins, Mannington and Oak Hill. For more information on The Custard Stand franchises, please fill out our franchise information request form.
In 2010, Dee and Angie introduced Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans, a more traditional bowl chili. It is available at The Custard Stand restaurants and online.
Our facility produces and packages 8,000 pounds or more of hot dog chili and chili soup daily.
Our slow-cook process blends pure ground beef with premium ingredients and spices for a distinctive flavor. The plant’s operational times are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays, during which a USDA inspector may be present. The storage facility holds more than 6,000 cases of packaged product.