Best local spots to celebrate National Ice Cream Day
Oliver’s Candies, 211 W. Main St. in Batavia, garnishes its cones with a chocolate disk. Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer
Gelato, including strawberry, in back, and raspberry, in front, at Oriens Café on Long Pond Road in Greece Friday, May 26, 2017. SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Spaghetti Sundae at Royal Cafe. Patrick Luke
Fin Dips at Shark’s Ice Cream, 50 State St. in East Bloomfield, come with homemade waffle fins and a topping. Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer
From the archive: Elvis Gujic, 10, Irondequoit, enjoys a mouthful of Abbott’s frozen custard as he and his family make the most of the warm and sunny weather by spending their morning at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester in April 2008. SHAWN DOWD/File photo 2008
LuGia’s in Spencerport is known for its crazy large portions of ice cream. Cookie dough is the most popular flavor. CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
LuGia’s in Spencerport has trucks that cater to special occasions. CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Nate Fuller, 16, of Fairport scoops ice cream at Moonlight Creamery,at 36 West Ave., Fairport. Mike Bradley/File photo
Owner Tiffany Nicolosi puts on the finishing sprinkles to a cone of cotton candy-flavored custard at the new IKON Ice Cream in Scottsville on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The shop was made in honor of the owners’ 8-year-old son, Kael Nicolosi, who died in a car accident in 2017. SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/staff photographer
An ice cream cone from Papa Jack’s,261 W. Main St. in Victor. Adena Miller
A Cassis of Cream Cheese ice cream pop fromEat Me Ice Cream inthe Hungerford Building. SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Thurston Village Ice Cream is in a recently renovated part of the 19th Ward. Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer
Jembetat serves gelato at 12 Schoen Place in Pittsford, on the Erie Canal. Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer
Gelato in a wide array of flavors and inviting colors is served up at Jembetat Gallery & Cafe in the Park Avenue neighborhood in Rochester. SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Tom Wahl’s Root Beer Float Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer
The root beer floats at Mac’s Drive-In are piled high with ice cream. Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/File photo 2016
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Firefighters Bill Netchke and Steve Sinagulia opened Netsin’s Ice Cream 20 years ago in a residential Irondequoit neighborhood, and today it remains a regular meeting place among friends and neighbors. Chocolate peanut butter and chocolate and vanilla almond are ranked at the top of its 48 soft-serve and 24 hard ice cream flavors. Don’t miss its menu standout: the Ice Cream Plate (Netsin’s version of the Garbage Plate) with six ice cream scoops, two brownies, cookies or bananas and a choice of toppings. Four-legged friends can also enjoy Frosty Paws, a cup of vanilla or peanut butter doggie ice cream.
Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
Classic desserts such as baklava and truffles can be found in the super-premium ice cream offerings at Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream. Owner Jennifer Posey notes that when a customer pleaded with her to make a baklava ice cream, she was up to the challenge. The flavor (vanilla ice cream, chunks of fresh baklava, walnuts and honey) debuted back in June and will make another showing this week. When Hedonist Artisan Chocolates rolled out its goat cheese collection this season, Posey says that people demanded that the shop bring back the goat cheese whiskey fig and strawberry goat cheese balsamic ice cream flavors. “The flavors are decadent and comparable to eating from a cheese board, but sweeter,” she said. Eight homemade flavors, including two dairy-free sorbet options, are posted daily on its website.
Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery
The business started more than a century ago with fresh milk sold in old-fashioned glass bottles. That tradition, along with made from scratch ice cream and custard is what keeps folks coming back to the family-owned Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery. “Those who came to the original dairy as kids are now coming back with their children and grandchildren,” says store manager Agnes Koziol. Customers often reach for best-sellers coconut almond crunch (the store can barely keep this one in production) and landslide (chocolate ice cream, chocolate crunch and peanut butter). Ice cream quarts (in 60 flavors), cakes, pies and custards are also available. The dairy is celebrating its fourth summer in its new spacious building, which features long tables and old giant milk cans that double as seats below glass milk bottle chandeliers. You can also sit outdoors or take a stroll along the nearby canal.
It’s not just local residents who are drawn to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream. Henrietta store manager Diane Posner says she has customers who travel from Buffalo and Syracuse with their own coolers to stock up on a quart or half gallon of ice cream. The shop’s ice cream and waffle cones are made fresh daily, and the shop is well-known for the chocolate raspberry truffle and peanut butter ice cream flavors, as well as its sundae selection. Customers on a time crunch can conveniently make use of the drive-through window. It gets even sweeter during ice cream happy hour, which means 30 percent off cones, sundaes and shakes daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, 2755 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, (585) 321-1010, brusters.com/henrietta. Another Bruster’s is at 1041 Ridge Road, Webster.
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