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.
Returning from the 1980s is Butterscotch Sundae, butterscotch ice cream with salty butterscotch swirls and roasted peanuts. And back from the 1990s is Malt Shoppe, malted vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips.
Perry's had to get creative to match the original recipes.
"In redeveloping the flavors, our goal was to match the original formulas with our current suppliers as best possible," said Gayle Perry Denning, vice president of sustainability and strategic branding. "Some of the ingredients vary slightly since it had been many years since these flavors existed in our lineup."
The ice cream can be bought at Wegmans, Tops Markets, Dash’s Market, and other stores throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania, and online at PerrysGoodStuff.com. They are available in 1.50-quart packages. The countdown is on: shelves should be fully stocked by next week. Parkerhouse and Heavenly Hash will also be available at some scoop shops.
Perry's brought back the retro flavors in celebration of its 100th year in business. The fourth-generation, family-owned Akron company will also hold an ice cream party for Akron Central School, its first ice cream customer. Making frozen treats for schools is how Perry's got its start, and it still serves schools today.
In a few months, Perry's will release a special edition flavor in scoop shops as part of its centennial. The Good Stuff will have yellow cake ice cream with strawberry swirls and panda paw cups filled with strawberry cream.