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Have a Teddy Bar Christmas

The news of Ted’s Hot Dogs making its return to Buffalo on Chippewa Street is great. But we’re here to tell you about another triumphant return — the Teddy Bar, which will now come in seasonal flavors.

Here’s the deal. They are like a Buster Bar, but better. Actually the story of their existence is because of the Buster Bar.

Thecly L. Ortolani, president of Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots and granddaughter of Ted Liaros — the guy who started Ted’s during the late 1920s on Buffalo’s West Side — tells the story of their invention, hiatus and now return.

“Teddy Bars have been around since the 1970s. My grandfather wanted to copy the Buster Bar. But a funny thing happened. The machine broke and they stopped making them,” laughed Ortolani.

“When our new team took over in 2010, we were like, ‘What? No Teddy Bars?’ and took steps to bring them back.”

If you haven’t tried one, we urge you to drop what you are doing and go immediately to the nearest Ted’s. We can vouch they are better than Buster Bars both in taste and size.

The Original Teddy Bar with vanilla ice cream, fudge and Spanish peanuts.

The Original Teddy Bar with vanilla ice cream, fudge and Spanish peanuts.

Ortolani says they taste better because they use ice cream with a higher butterfat content, a better “cold fudge” (a fudge that stays soft when frozen) and high quality Spanish peanuts.

Keep an eye out for two new ones this season — Pumpkin Spice and Candy Cane.

“The Pumpkin Spice uses pumpkin ice cream with the fudge and nuts. The Candy Cane will be vanilla ice cream and fudge, but with candy cane crumbles in place of nuts,” said Ortolani.

We can’t think of a better reason to keep visiting Ted’s. The only downfall is Teddy Bars do need to be kept frozen, otherwise we would decorate our tree with them. Look for Teddy Bars at all Ted’s (tedshotdogs.com) locations. At $2.99 each, they are well worth it. Also of note are the ice cream sandwiches at $1.89 each.

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