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Best of WNY 2011: Eat This III

Best Sweet Shop
Chow Chocolate
Sometimes you buy chocolates as a gift, sometimes you need to replenish the stash, and sometimes you just want chocolate. Scott and Jacklyn are serious about their chocolate, parfaits, and candies, and they’re aiming for a more delicate, European sensibility than most of their peers. They’re also serious about French press coffee and espresso, and the airy but luxurious space invites you to sit down and really enjoy your dark, delicious indulgences. 731 Main St., 715 Elmwood, 843-4388


Best Wedding Cakes
Proprietor Zilly Rosen uses whole ingredients in her goods, and can do both standard flavors and interesting combinations. But it’s in how Rosen envisions and sculpts her cakes that you find the woman herself. She authored a book on “Zombie Cupcakes,” has crafted portraits of President Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and Marie Antoinette out of hundreds of cupcakes in monochromatic shades. She can craft a cake of the house you grew up in, and you get the sense that the kinds of crazy-specific requests that might make cause high-volume bakeries headaches are seen as welcome commissions at Zillycakes. 1008 Elmwood Ave., 883-0365


Best Ice Cream
Hibbard’s and Lake Effect
We have two homegrown winners here; each of these establishments serves up utterly stellar but distinctly unique product.
First, if it’s frozen custard you prefer, Hibbard’s of Lewiston has been serving the real deal for almost a century, and their recipes haven’t veered from their origins. You really don’t need an occasion to visit; the black cherry is excursion worthy. 105 Portage Rd., Lewiston, 754-4218

Take locally inspired and sourced ingredients, concoct flavors so indulgent they’ll haunt the public’s dreams, and crank the butterfat up to 11, and you’ve got a recipe for the most beloved ice cream in town—Lake Effect. The mere mention of their salty caramel evokes tears of joy, but don’t stop there: they offer over 50 flavors with ingredients like Appleton honey and Ellicottville chocolate stout. www.lakeeffecticecream.com

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