This is a quick (lol) PSA meant to inform you that there is really, really great house-made ice cream hiding in plain sight on Main Street in Hamburg at…well, Main Street Ice Cream.
Hamburg residents will already know about this tiny, locally owned and operated scoop shop. After-all, it’s been adding to the village’s cuteness rating for over 10 years now. But they didn’t always make their own ice cream. And truth be told, it’s been getting better and better every year since they started out on the journey making their own line of hard ice cream flavors in house. This year was the year that it finally hit me, this sh*t is fantastic.
Why? The creamy texture is on point, the freshness factor is at play, and whoever is making this stuff uses a heavy hand when adding chunks, which let’s be honest can make or break your experience. Unrelated to the ice cream itself, we love the vibe inside the small-town shop, plus the options in addition to the hard scoops are endless, including sundaes, flavored custards, waffle cones, too many toppings to count, handmade ice cream bars and pops, ice cream cakes, and more. No, really.
Back to the ice cream, the flavors are refined and interesting. Several of them follow in the footsteps of tried and true flavors we all known and love, but with a fantastic Main Street Ice Cream twist. Take their homemade Oreo Cloud for example. At first glance at the description, it might sound like your average Cookies and Cream, but taste it and make no mistake, it’s not. First of all they use real Oreos to make a homemade Oreo ice cream – which means every inch of the base is infused with Oreo flavor, no Vanilla base here fam. On top of that they go all out with their Oreo chunks, keeping them nice and large and in tact – Oreo cream included. TBH it’s a serious Cookies and Cream UPGRADE!
The upgrades on “traditional” flavors don’t stop there. Try Cookie Monster Mash for a way more fun version of Cookie Dough, featuring homemade Blue Moon Ice Cream with chunks of Oreo, cookie dough and chocolate chip cookies, because one is honestly not enough. Looking for coffee flavored? You won’t find an option stronger than Main Street’s You’re So Bold. No seriously, you won’t be able to sleep after a scoop of this stuff.
Main Streets versions of Cotton Candy and Super Swirl are 90% what you expect, and 10% unique, in the best way possible. The Key Lime flavor takes you straight to the coast of Florida without leaving an unwelcome tartness, the Salty Caramel Espresso Crunch has surprises in every bite that you’ll never pin down but won’t care (hint: it’s heath bar pieces), and the Coconut is an overachiever with a flavor mixed to perfection and subtle shavings of chocolate and coconut that grace your tongue when you least expect it.
And honestly we haven’t even hit their unique flavors yet. Every week Main Street is concocting flavors of the week, like Strawberry Rhubarb which only happens once a year and is made with fresh rhubarb and strawberries. De-lightful. Maple Walnut and Trail Mix might sound like a drag compared to flavors like Brownie Mudslide and Peanut Butter Paradise (my absolute all time favorite BTW), but they hold their own and offer mostly a low-key profile for those looking for subtle flavor paired with creamy texture. Jumping back to that all time fave of mine, Peanut Butter Paradise is a peanut butter forward ice cream like I’ve never tasted before, with a vanilla base and swirls of peanut butter, caramel, peanut butter cups and Reeses pieces.
Oh and BTW a log of these are Gluten Free. You’re welcome.
If you’ve made it this far, you might be wondering how we have so many opinions about so many of Main Street’s house-made flavors. And the answer is a good one, the photos may have tipped you off. We went there and tried every single flavor one day, and it was everything we dreamed it would be.
Main Street also offer’s ice cream flights, allowing you to get 4 smaller than normal scoops of ice cream in a boat (pictured), which is how we went about this insane (read: brilliant) task. A flight of 4 is just slightly more expensive than a cup of 2 scoops, so…. you know, it’s a no brainer.
Whether you live around the corner or make a night out of exploring this scoop shop, a visit is in order and will be worth it.
Main Street Ice Cream
35 Main St Hamburg, New York / 716.649.2970