Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream in Rochester NY

Jul 15, 2016

Hey Rochester!  It’s one of our favorite days of the year!  National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 17th! And there are plenty of ways to celebrate!

Make Your Own Ice Cream

strawberries-816698_1280If you’ve got an ice cream maker at home, try out this recipe from Ice Cream Geek- it’s a copycat of Ben & Jerry’s famous sweet cream base.  Then you can add mix-ins to your hearts content!  Are you a fruit fan?  Maybe cookies or candy are you thing?  They sky’s the limit!!

Or check out 36 Easy Homemade Recipes from Country Living. (It was the word “Easy” in the title that caught our eye)

Don’t have an ice cream maker?  No worries!  You can still make ice cream at home!  Here are 6 great ways to make a delicious dessert without a machine!  And don’t forget to enlist the kids to help!

Pick up a gallon at your favorite grocery store and have a Sunday sundae!

sundaeYou can’t go wrong with the classic hot fudge, whipped cream & a cherry!  But maybe you’re in the mood for something a little different?  Here are some wacky toppings for you to try:

Cap’n Crunch Cereal
Peanut Butter
Bacon… hey, we hear it’s good with maple ice cream!
Swedish Fish
Sliced peaches
Candied ginger

What are your favorite zany toppings!?

Go out for Ice Cream

Seriously, somehow ice cream tastes better when you’re out and about with family and friends.  It’s like the joy multiplies, especially when you add sprinkles!

Here are our favorite  Hot Spots for ice cream:

The Classics


 icecreamtwistAbbotts Frozen Custard has been a Rochester area favorite for over 100 years!!  Did you know Abbotts has locations across the US now?  One of their newest shops is in Colorado!  But you don’t have to travel that far for your chocolate almond custard!  With locations sprinkled all over the place–  you don’t have to drive too far for your next dish!  Check out these great deals on their website, or like them on Facebook to get their flavors of the day.

Pittsford Farms and Dairy and Bakery

It’s fabulous and not just to the locals, but this place actually made the top 10 Best Places to get ice cream in Rochester!  Why?  We’re glad you asked!  From the Democrat and Chronicle:

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.

Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery. 44 N Main St, Pittsford, (585) 586-6610.

Nestins in Irondequoit

sprinklesIf you’re looking to get a generous portion, look no further.  Nestins is know for their super large scoops! What a great local business to celebrate summer!  From RocWiki:

Netsin’s Ice Cream is an ice cream parlor in the Laurelton neighborhood of Irondequoit. It serves several flavors of [wikipedia]Perry’s Ice Cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, and frozen custard. They also sell hots and cheeseburgers from 11am to 3pm, Monday thru Friday.

You can order at a window on the outside, where there are three picnic tables set up. Inside the parlor, there are several tables and chairs.

LuGia’s in Spencerport

Looking for another big scooper?  The size of the Lugia cone is bigger than your head.  Maybe not, but it’s huge, Rochester, huge!  Here’s a little history from their website:

Lou and Melinda Ferrari opened LuGia’s Ice Cream in 1995 after a family friend, who had once owned a restaurant business, was no longer using his ice cream equipment and offered it to them. He suggested they open an ice cream store and thankfully, they took his advice. With no idea what to expect, Lou and Melinda gave it a try… and that was how LuGia’s came to be!  

It was Melinda who came up with the idea to give LuGia’s customers BIG portions. That BIG idea has become a BIG success and the very thing that brings a smile to so many people’s faces – including ours!

We welcome you to visit us where it all began at 4719 Lyell Road in Spencerport, NY. Try one of our many delicious hard ice cream or custard flavors, place an order for one of ice cream cakes or other specialty items, and for the true LuGia’s lovers, you can now bring us to you with LuGia’s on Wheels! It’s the perfect way to enjoy the BEST ice cream at your birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, & more!

 The Indulgent

conesHedonist Artisan Ice Cream

Even the name tells you that there is something special going on!  From their website.

We craft our small batch, super premium ice creams and sorbets in the heart of Rochester NY’s South Wedge neighborhood. We use local cream and the finest natural ingredients to create decadent flavors that bring pleasure with every bite.

Stop by and try their Christmas in July

Moonlight Creamery in Fairport

Here’s the secret to their success: 

Nestled along the canal in Fairport Village is a little sliver of magic—where family and friends come to relax, recharge, and reconnect over our handcrafted ice cream in flavors celebrating both the traditional and the unexpected, and made from the freshest and finest ingredients, sourced with attention and intention.

Step inside Moonlight Creamery and you know right away this isn’t your typical ice cream store. From our upscale, contemporary décor to our attentive, customer-centric service, we aspire to treat guests to a “fifteen minute vacation” on every visit.

Seriously—featured flavor is honey lavender.  They are on top of every trend!

New Kid on the Block

The Ginger Lion

Just opened on Winton Road, serving homemade ice cream, homemade waffle cones and more.  Here are the hours:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday from 1 – 9
Friday – Saturday from 1 – 11
Sunday from 1 – 9

Make sure you stop in and get your homemade ice cream fix! Hope to see you soon!  Be sure to spot by and get a special bowl for your furry friend too!

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  1. Craig on September 23, 2016 at 2:53 am

    I just moved to Greece so I might have to go check out LuGia’s. It sounds right up my alley! Thank you for the info!