Autumn ice cream in WNY
blog by S.J. Velasquez • September 21, 2012 @ 11:08am
While many Western New Yorkers mourn the end of summer, local ice cream creators give one last ounce—or pint—of hope for those longing to bring a piece of summer into autumn.
Perry’s Ice Cream, Lake Effect Ice Cream and Sweet Jenny’s—all local ice cream suppliers—have announced autumnal ice cream lineups to help ease the transition between summer and fall. Some of the companies have even joined forces with other local businesses for some added local flavor.
Here’s what our favor WNY-based ice creameries have planned for fall:
5732 Main St., Williamsville,
Known for their experimental approach to finding tasty flavors, the creative minds behind Sweet Jenny’s have whipped up a ton of autumn-inspired ice cream varieties. Howard Cadmus, who owns the shop and its sister sweet shop Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat with wife Tara, gave us the scoop on seasonal additions.
Pumpkin, Guinness gingerbread, Mayer Bros. apple cider, spiced chai, caramel salted apple pie, bourbon butter pecan and Aztec hot chocolate are currently available. Coming in October are cider and doughnuts, blueberry pie, oatmeal chunk, cranberry, banana walnut bread, and cranberry and apple brandy sorbet.
Perry’s Ice Cream
Headquarted in Akron, available throughout region in grocers’ freezers
It’s pie time at Perry’s. Pick up a favorite pie in ice cream form this fall. Keep an eye out for pumpkin pie ice cream, which includes swirls of whipped cream and pie crust pieces, at stores near you.
Beginning the first week of October, indulge in apple pie ice cream, which boasts pecan swirls and cinnamon pie crust in apple ice cream.
Buffalo Bills Brownie Blitz, vanilla ice cream laced with chocolate fudge and mixed with brownie pieces, is technically available year-round, but there’s something about the start of football season that gets Buffalonians in fall mode.
Lake Effect Ice Cream
20 Lock St., Lockport
Our pals in Lockport have officially announced a few new seasonal ice creams, but some have yet to be revealed to the public—until now!
New this fall, Lake Effect offers crisp pear and blueberry crumble, which the owners described on Facebook as “a rich pear ice cream, swirled with fresh blueberries in a house-made blueberry syrup, and blended with shortbread and oat crumbles.” And there’s hard cider sherbet, a brand new flavor that blends McKenzie’s green apple hard cider, cinnamon, nutmeg and local apple cider. McKenzie’s Hard Cider is produced right in West Seneca, making this an especially local option. Buffalo butter pecan is traditional butter pecan with local honey and maple.
Making a triumphant return this season is whiskey brown sugar and bacon, a flavor so nice even one pork-hating journalist (psst—that’s me!) enjoyed it.
As for the new flavors to come in the months ahead, get ready for pumpkin Cognac gingersnap; and trick or treat, which comprises pieces from eight different kinds of candy bars, swirled into vanilia ice cream—just like a Halloween candy bag on a cone.