Lake Effect Ice Cream opened its new Lockport ice cream parlor, a cone’s throw from the Erie Canal, in June. Tourists have been flocking to the store, no doubt having earned a fling after soaking up the canal’s backstory for a solid hour.
The store (79 Canal St., Lockport) usually carries more than 25 flavors from Lake Effect’s far-ranging menu. That includes established favorites like Salty Caramel and Frozen Hot Chocolate, and wacky ones like Love Potion # 9 (raspberry, lavender).
The biggest draw to the new shop isn’t the ice cream – it’s what they can build with it. Lake Effect pints are already available at many area Tops Markets and Wegmans. The shop also offers floats, ice cream coffee drinks and ice cream cookie sandwiches the size of a baby’s head.
But people have been driving to Lockport for their sundaes, said Jason Wulf, who runs the company with Erik Bernardi.
A Wee Bit of Scotland ($4 “mini,” $5.50 large) features Lake Effect’s Whiskey and Brown Sugar ice cream, layered into a plastic parfait cup with raspberry sauce and toasty granola-like oats, adorned with whipped cream and a stick of shortbread. (A “mini” sundae starts with two big scoops of ice cream, and is enough for most mere mortals.)
Wulf said he drew inspiration for the sundae from a trip to Scotland with his wife, Heather. At a restaurant he experienced the Scottish dessert cranachan, which involves whipped cream or pudding, honey, whiskey, oats and fresh raspberries. “I wanted to bring something back from that trip, and it just seemed perfect,” he said. Lake Effect already made whiskey ice cream.
Another popular sundae is the Morning Commute, with Mocha Cappucino ice cream, chunks of Paula’s Donuts, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and chopped walnuts.
“We get people coming from far and wide,” said Wulf. “We have people come from Batavia and Orchard Park, not just Kenmore.”
For info, visit www.lakeeffecticecream.com or call 201-1643.
Taste of Clarence. More than 15 area restaurants offer local flavor to parkgoers, plus live music from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday in Clarence Town Park (10405 Main St., Clarence). For more information, call 631-3888.