Cookies and (ice) cream

Lake Effect Ice Cream has been busy opening its Lockport scoop shop (20 Lock St., Lockport, 228-6265) and developing new flavors like Heather's Chevre and Honeyed Mission Figs, made with First Light Farm and Creamery goat cheese.

But the new summer hit is Lake Effect ice cream sandwiches, pairing jumbo cookies from local bakeries with around about 10 ounces -- more than half a pint -- of a complementary ice cream flavor. "Every time we make a new batch, [we use] another set of cookies," said co-owner Jason Wulf.

The cookies are from bakeries like Mia Dolcezza and Molinaro's, and more bakeries are getting in touch with Lake Effect to pitch options, said Wulf. Last week saw Mia Dolcezza espresso dark chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips, paired with vanilla silver cloud or mocha cappucino ice cream. Then there were snickerdoodle chai spice cookies, paired with salty caramel or Omahene (Ghananian) chocolate.

"Every time we get two different cookies, and we use two different flavors so they're four kinds at a time," said Wulf. But the price remains the same: $4.

"We don't want to reinvent the wheel and make cookies," he said. "We make ice cream, and putting them together just seems like a natural deal."

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau