Owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi opened Lake Effect Ice Cream in 2007, after discovering their hobby of creating ice cream. It started as a friendly neighborhood competition between the two best friends and turned it  into an award-winning business. 

The two life long best-friends started out only with a few flavors one of which being Salty Caramel, a flavor that has helped them win many awards for best ice cream over the years. 

Erik Bernardi (left); Jason Wulf (right) 


Jason and Erik started their business with the goal to make unique ice cream flavors that bring people together. 

Over the years the two of them, with some help, have been able to come up with some crazy good flavors and sundaes. From your classic vanilla, which they call "Silver Cloud Vanilla" to "Paulas Glazed Doughnut" Lake Effect Ice Cream has just about any flavor you can come up with. If you ask their employees what their favorite flavors are most of them would say something like Peanut Butter Epiphany, Frozen Hot Chocolate, London Fog or Revolution Coffee. 

On top of the 25+ flavors that are on the menu there are also about 10 Artisan Sundaes on the menu as well. Two of the top sundaes are the El Guapo and Toasted S'More. 

Toasted S'more El Guapo

Other menu items include popsicles, ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, floats, and pup cups (yes those are for dogs). 

For anyone who is visiting either shop for the first time the owners and staff would recommend getting a Flight of Five or Nine. With that you would get five or nine golf ball size scoops of the flavors of your choice, all smaller scoops than normal so you can try multiple and decide which one would be your favorite.

Flight of Five


There are two locations to get your sweet fix of Lake Effect Ice Cream. Now open year round!


Opened in 2008

79 Canal Street

Lockport, Ny 14094

(716) 201-1643

Mon-Fri 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat-Sun 11:00AM - 9:00PM

 Lockport Shop


Opened in 2017

1900 Hertel Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 833-5253

Mon-Fri 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat-Sun 11:00AM - 9:00PM

Hertel Ave Shop 

Support us in person or find us in store at the locations listed here.


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