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For years, uniting ice cream and chicken wing flavor was easy fodder for April Fools Day in Buffalo, or one-offs in Fredonia. Now, the flavor might be here to stay. Beginning Saturday, Lake Effect Ice Cream is serving a flavor called Medium, Extra Creamy at both 1900 Hertel Ave. and 79 Canal St., Lockport, and there's a chance it could stick on the regular menu. Whil…

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A sure sign spring approaches is the opening of seasonal ice cream shops and stands. Even on the chilly days of March, Buffalonians leave the house to grab a cone, bowl or sundae. Whether these businesses serve house-churned ice cream or purvey Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream or another brand, the seasonal ice cream shops and stands whet palates for the arrival of warm we…

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Fans of the chocolate-vanilla twist custard and roast beef on weck at Adrian's Custard & Beef won't need Google Maps to find the seasonal restaurant's new home on Grand Island. After 30 years on Grand Island Boulevard, the popular summertime destination is moving into expanded digs – directly across the street from the old location. The owner of Adrian's on Frida…

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Imagine what would happen if Buddy the Elf worked at Perry's Ice Cream, and you'll get an idea of what the Akron company's latest limited-edition holiday ice cream flavor entails. Elf Trash is a white chocolate ice cream with red and green fudge candies, fudge-covered pretzels, fudge-covered peanuts and praline peanuts. But if chilling by the fire is more your holida…

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For years we have yearned for a way to work off Cheap Eats calories simultaneously as we eat. We think we found an experience that comes pretty close. The Clarence Pizza Company sits just off the Clarence bike path where it crosses Goodrich Road, for an easy pedaling stop. (Of course you can drive there, too.) The menu includes standard pizzeria fare and more. Regula…

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How do you go from working in manufacturing to making homemade sweet treats for the public? Simply come up with a “pie in the sky” idea like Kristin Linn. She opened Armor Sweet Treats in November after things just fell into place. Linn still works in the manufacturing industry, but also runs the ice cream shop and bakery, which feature both indoor and outdoor seating, …

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For Gary Wilcox, life has come full circle. Wilcox remembers when his father, a grocer, wanted to buy a milk-bottling operation called Creamland Dairy in Niagara Falls. His mother talked him out of it, but Wilcox never forgot about his dad’s idea and today he is the proud owner of the site, along with his son, Ryan Wilcox, and his nephew, Robert Urso. The former milk bo…

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It’s official. Ice cream season is here. But for Sweet Jenny’s it began even before Memorial Day. At the first taste of spring, customers were lining up at the Williamsville Water Mill for a taste of homemade, handcrafted ice cream. A wide variety of flavors, ranging from Jack Daniel's to Smurf, coupled with the setting, creates an experience that draws families, tour g…

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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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Chilly Billy's Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing, prepackaged ice cream novelties—just like the ones you loved as a kid. Owner: Bill Pavone Price range: $1-$3.50 Established: 2006 Dishes to try: Perry's Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate center and cake crunch coating, on a stick), $1.50; Choco Taco (sugar cone "taco shell" filled with fud…

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Green Acres Ice Cream Cuisine: Extra-creamy frozen custard plus hard ice cream,  milkshakes, flurries, smoothies and parfaits. Owner: Tom Straus Price range: $2.50-$5.25 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Reese’s parfait (chocolate frozen custard layered with peanut butter cups, chocolate syrup and peanut butter, topped with whipped cream and peanut butter drizz…

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With Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream right across Hertel Avenue, and Lake Effect down the street, Churn faced tough competition. The soft-serve ice cream place, from the Lloyd Taco Factory people next door, was already using custom ice cream base made from premium milk. That wasn't enough to keep the store, at 1501 Hertel Ave., crowded. Occasional crunchy crystals …

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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…