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Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

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Matt Smith grew up on Downing Street in South Buffalo, within view of the neighborhood Dairy Queen. He remembers watching winding lines form outside the window of the chain ice cream shop in the summer months, as families had relatively few alternatives for a dessert run. Now, as Smith — a co-owner of Abbott Ice Cream (381 Abbott Road) with Ron Morris — peers out of the…

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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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“WARNING: Ice cream may melt,” warns the takeout menu at Sweet Life Dessert Experience, a new dessert and coffee bar in Tonawanda. Takeout orders should be done in person, it continues, lest you call ahead only to find your waiting sundae in a puddle. You needn’t worry. These desserts don’t linger for long. A sit-down restaurant, Sweet Life is no Friendly’s—it loo…

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It's one of a smorgasbord of ethnic options at the West Side Bazaar, so A&A Cookie's lotus blossom cookie - despite its meticulous flower-like shape - often remains unnoticed as customers beeline for a plate of Ethiopian, Thai or Burmese food. But when Lake Effect Ice Cream's North Buffalo location, at 1900 Hertel Ave., opens for the season at 11 a.m. March 24, the …

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Perry's Ice Cream is hoping to take longtime customers on a trip down memory lane with four retro flavors brought back for a limited release. Representing the 1950s is Parkerhouse, an amaretto ice cream with maraschino cherries. Making a comeback from the 1970s is Heavenly Hash, a chocolate- and marshmallow-swirled ice cream with Swiss chips and roasted almonds. Retu…

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In our book, there is no bad ice cream. (We even count those cheap, no-name super market ice cream cups with wood spoons our mother used to buy.) So imagine us leaping for joy in our office chair when a tidbit came via email: "You're invited to Yelp's Ice Cream Adventure which takes place the month of July." As if we needed another reason to eat ice cream, much less cel…

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It’s a strange phenomenon. The weather warms up here and there and we suddenly hunger for hot dogs and ice cream. Our last hot dog was when, early October? The craving worked in our favor as we had to feed three teen boys dinner after a recent UB Bulls afternoon basketball game. Scanning the surrounding area on Google Maps, we found there was Nina’s Custard on Miller…

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Black and brown cows. Wet walnut sundaes. Black and white ice cream sodas. New York Egg creams. These old-fashioned soda fountain favorites are among the menu offerings at Jerk’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, Buffalo’s first downtown ice cream parlor in decades. The ice cream shop, which opened April 16 at 523 Main St., joins newcomers Raclette’s and D’Avolio on the rev…

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Like everything, this begins with my mother. Born in the middle of the century, and raised in a middle-class house, she grew up in a most typical American way. Her parents, my grandparents Morris and Kathryn, were hard working, blue-collar people, my grandfather a manager at Sears and my grandmother a homemaker — the best there was, the both of them. Dinner happened the…

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If you're looking for ice cream, Nick Charlap's has what you want. Root beer float * Cotton candy ice cream  * Strawberry cheesecake ice cream Nick Charlap's is located in J5 on the Erie County Fair map. Root beer float Root beer float: We can all agree the soft-serve float is an abomination before God, yes? Hard FTW. Return to main #ECFare list Back to Desserts …

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Reid's hot dog and ice cream stand is for sale. The Kenmore staple at 2800 Elmwood Ave., built in 1969, has been a seasonal neighborhood favorite for generations. "The quaint little stand serves hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, shakes and more at a great price," Lisa Johnson wrote in the News last year. The Realty USA listing says it can be yours for $325,000. "Great op…

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Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream has released a new line of flavors this summer, Escapes, intended to be more decadent than the regular line. Would these Escapes prove to be a local alternative to Ben & Jerry's? Or would they fall short of their lofty flavor goals? Our curiosities piqued, we bought five pints of different flavors ($3.69 apiece, although they were 2-for-…

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Although Friday marks the opening of Lake Effect Ice Cream's scoop shop for the season, owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi have announced a flurry of other plans to expand over the next several months. Wulf couldn't restrain his excitement during an interview last week, previewing everything from a one-of-a-kind ice cream truck, Lake Effect's new massive storage space an…

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Let’s face it, the best ice cream place is usually the closest one. If you’re going to drive by scoop slingers singing their sweet siren song and head on down the road, your destination has to offer something special. Here are some of our favorites. Anderson's Multiple locations If there’s one line people don’t mind standing in, it’s the Anderson’s line. No matter how l…