Before the Sabres' season opener Thursday, Perry's Ice Cream and Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced their collaboration on a new ice cream, entitled One Buffalo.
The new variety of ice cream, only available now at the Sabres' concessions in the First Niagara Center and at Amerks games in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena, is constructed as follows: vanilla ice cream, sea-salt caramel, sponge candy and fudge-coated pretzels.
Outside the First Niagara Center on Saturday before the Sabres took the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning, free samples of the new ice cream were handed out.
Quick review: The fudge-covered pretzel chunks stuck out more prominently in flavor than the sponge-candy pieces, which had more of a Rice Krispy-like texture. Still, chunks of both were much larger than I expected and plentiful within my scoop, weaving their way into nearly every bite. I could have been lucky in my choice of sample cup, of course, but Perry's usually doesn't skimp on the ingredients.
The pretzel bites were noticeably salty -- as pretzels typically are -- and they clashed nicely against the sweet, viscous caramel streaks (which could have been a bit more abundant, I'd say.) The constant curiosity over whether the chunk in your mouth was pretzel or sponge candy was a pleasurable part of the experience (for the record, I had more sponge candy.)
Verdict: I'd eat it again, but it's still a ways off from challenging my favorite, Mint Ting-a-Ling.
The new flavor is the same price as the other four Perry's flavors in the First Niagara Center, depending on your preference of ice cream presentation.
The dessert release coincided with Mayor Byron Brown's declaration of Oct. 8 as #OneBuffalo Day, but there was minimal Twitter buzz for the ice cream during the home opener -- perhaps fans were more occupied with Jack Eichel's debut and the overturning of a game-tying goal.
We did notice that Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula, who developed the flavor combination with help from Perry's, scooped some of the ice cream herself.
— jenna perry ❂ (@jennabenna327) October 9, 2015
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