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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…

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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…