Excellent | Worth a Detour
Parkside Candy | Buffalo NY Temple of Chocolate & Ice Cream
Review by: harpsichord_gal
Buffalo’s Most Beautiful Candy Store
Built in 1927, Parkside Candy is a temple of chocolate & ice cream — one of the prettiest confectioneries anywhere. When you walk in, your nose fills with a liquorish cocoa-butter aroma. Then you focus on the stunning interior decor. Classic columns line the grandiose oval room. A domed ceiling rises over all. Vending stations around the circumference sell candies by the box and bag. Solid walnut fixtures give the soda fountain a classic air. Soft background music and subtle indirect light create the reverential atmosphere of a fine art museum. A semi-private booth in back invites lovers’ rendez-vous. In fact, the federal government and New York State have declared this building — inside and out — a National Historical Landmark.
This old-fashioned candy store offers salt water taffy, all day suckers, bon bons of every size and shape, truffles, clusters, barks, and Buffalo’s favorite spun sugar specialty, sponge candy (also known as honeycombs). You can choose from among three kinds of sponge candy: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and orange chocolate. Sea salt caramels and chocolate pretzels also belong on a list of must-eat confections.
Ice Cream Treats
As is true of many of the city’s best chocolatiers, Parkside also is an ice cream parlor, with cozy alcoves and a scattering of tables about the room for dining in. The ice cream repertoire is a full roster of dusty roads, rocky roads, tin roofs, egg creams, peanut butter fudge banana splits, creamsicle frappes, and maple nut sundaes. Top-of-the-line is the Granada Special: five flavors of ice cream, four toppings, toasted nuts, a mountain of whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.
Who Can Resist Chocolate’s Call?
You’ll also find a short menu of sandwiches and, in the fall, chili. Honestly, I’ve never tried a savory here. The aroma of chocolate when I walk in the door of this temple of chocolate & ice cream is a Siren’s call.
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dessert|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|