It’s summer Western New York, and if you’re anything like me you’re probably looking for a way to stay cool in this summer heat. And if you’re anything like me at all then you LOVE ice cream. Ice cream is the perfect way to beat the heat this time of year, and Buffalo is home to a variety of local ice cream shops that’ll really knock your socks off this summer. I’ve compiled a list of five of the many options that you should definitely check out.
Located in Kenmore, King Condrell’s packs a sweet punch selling treats that range from milkshakes, cones, truffles, melt-away fudge, and out of this world sundaes. It is home of the Kitchen Sink Sundae, a massive dish that holds 16 scoops of ice cream, 2 sauces, 4 toppings, whip cream, and some cherries to top it off. Grab all of your closest friends, and maybea few more people, and bring them to dig in! Andif you’re brave enough you can try the maximum brain freeze challenge. If one person eats all ten scoops of this fruit-filled dish, it’s free and they receive a free T-Shirt!
Anderson’s is no ordinary ice cream shop. The store can be found all over the Buffalo area with six different locations and a food truck. Anderson’s provides high-quality products and services and received Artvoice’s 2015 Best Ice Cream in Buffalo award. The store is open year-round with changing favors to match the occasion. You can find many delicious items on their menu such as frozen yogurt and custard, sundaes, arctic-swirls, handmade ice cream cakes and pies, and local Buffalo specialties including beef on weck. Its products contain no high fructose corn syrup or growth hormones, and its beef is all natural, so you can feel good about all that food and ice cream you’re about to eat.
Lake Effect Ice Cream was established by native Western New Yorkers Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf, and is located in a historic location in Buffalo right above the Flight of Five lock system on the Erie Canal. This great location has even greater ice cream flavors to match. Its unique flavors are what keeps people coming back for more. Flavors range from Frozen Hot Chocolate, Chicken and Waffles, Paula’s Glazed Donut, Couch Potato, and so many more. It doesn’t stop there, Lake Effect has other fun creations to choose from including Lake Effect icicles, artisan sundaes, and cakes. If you’re looking to try something you’ve never had before, this is definitely the place to go.
Jerk’s is located on Main Street in Buffalo and has made a name for itself by reinventing an old school concept of an American tradition. The idea of a “soda jerk” is a pun off of the traditional job “soda clerk”. In the spirit of its name, Jerk’s menu includes old-school classical favorites as well as newfound twists. For instance, it servesclassical milkshakes, over the top milkshakes, colorful celebration shakes, a pancake wrap chocolatey chippy, ice cream sandwiches, jerkos nachos, as well as their signature black ice cream. What really makes Jerk’s special is that you can create your own signature soda flavor from 30 different syrup options and pair it with any ice cream of your choice. Jerk’s also has vegan and dairy free options as well so that nobody misses out on the ice cream experience. There’s no excuse not to go, there’s something there for everyone!
If having ice cream paired with a warm churro sounds as delicious to you as it does to me, then I have the place for you. Churn’s products include churro sundaes, cones, sundaes like Rocky Road Trip and Cookie Monsta, or you can order a single order churro to enjoy. It also has vegan-friendly options as well. Churn is the sister brand of Lloyd, Buffalo’s first food truck. It opened in 2017 and is located at 1501 Hertel Avenue. It also prides itself on utilizing grass-fed cows whose milk goes through minimal, natural processing and their ice cream contains no artificial flavors or colors.
All of these selections are absolutely delicious and you cannot miss if you’re in the Buffalo area. But don’t take my word for it, you have all summer to try out all of these frozen treats and find your top five for the summer.
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By: Ashley Dressig