Honoring National Ice Cream Month — The Right Way.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. This means, for this entire month, we’re allowed to eat as much ice cream as we want without feeling guilty.
In celebration of this special occasion, we set out on a delicious mission to sample some ice cream and find some mouth-watering cones in Rochester. Read on for more about our adventure:
Moonlight Creamery (Fairport, NY)
If you’re looking to get your crazy flavor fix, Moonlight Creamery is the spot. We opted for the Annie Wants S’more and Espresso with English Toffee (both so good), but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. They probably have any flavor you can imagine. To list a few: Butterbeer, Sugar Maple & Candied Bacon, Boozy Eggnog, Lemongrass Ginger, and Ube Macapuno with Jackfruit (apparently a must-try).
Abbott’s Frozen Custard (New York State and locations in South Carolina, Florida, and Massachusetts)
Although Abbott’s continues to grow, opening locations around the country, it will always be that quaint frozen custard shop that started right here in the ROC. The vanilla frozen custard with rainbow sprinkles is a classic, feel-good favorite that takes you back to your childhood. Unfortunately for us, it also brought some serious cleanup as we raced to finish the custard while it melted all over our hands.
To be fair (and “scientifically accurate”), we had to stack Rochester ice cream against some of the big guys, bringing us to our next stop: Bruster’s, for an orange sherbet cone. Despite its national presence, the shop is welcoming and homey, and even have their ice cream truck parked outside complete with a “Bruster” commercial license plate.
Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery (Pittsford, NY)
Our final stop was Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery (or as it’s known around town ‘Pittsford Dairy’). Last stop, but certainly not least. Our flavor of choice was Dirty Coconut, but there’s really no going wrong here. The combination of generous portions, a beautiful rustic interior, and incredibly delicious ice cream, made it the unanimous favorite of our motley ice cream tasting crew. Bonus points for their impressive selection of locally produced baked goods, milks, cheeses, and yogurts to choose from.
What your favorite ice cream spot in Rochester — or anywhere? Tell us about it in comments.