Doctors have long agreed that a diet consisting exclusively of ice cream prevents heatstroke and melted teeth. Enjoy solar immunity with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two medium sundaes with two toppings each at Fran-Ceil Custard in Blasdell (a $9 value). This Groupon expires on September 19, 2011.
Since the early 1950s, generations of families have streamed to Fran-Ceil Custard to order homemade chilly treats. The staff concocts a rotating carousel of frozen flavors under the shade of an old-timey awning, along with 12 fixed sundae flavors that greet visitors any time, including staples such as hot fudge, chocolate, and butterscotch. Fruit infusions in the form of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry sundaes hold scurvy at bay, and the exotic pineapple travels thousands of miles to soak patrons' imaginations with images of luaus and carry-on bags full of fruit. Up to two toppings sprinkle ice-cream mounds with companionship and cover a range of traditional sundae fixtures, such as whipped cream, mixed nuts, and pecans. Guests can discuss the dairy-industrial complex with Dwight Eisenhower's ghost at the stand's picnic-table seating.
Occupying the same spot on a blacktop parking lot since the 1950s, the walk-up windows at Fran-Ceil Custard jog nostalgic memories of generations past. Although the sweetery has been under its current ownership for the past 30 years, the legacy of the shop's namesake Frances and Celia—wives to founders Tony and Michael—lives on not only in name, but also through the same French-style custard that has filled cups for more than half a century. A rotating menu of weekly flavors, such as pistachio, tangerine, or black raspberry, spirals into cones alongside the original chocolate and vanilla custards, and 13 varieties of hard-scoop ice cream form a decadent base for banana splits, fudge brownie sundaes, and poorly constructed suspension bridges. Over the years, homemade sherbets have been added into the mix, making rotating batches of lime, raspberry, and orange scoops.
3411 S Park Ave.
Blasdell, New York 14219Get Directions