I’ve always heard good things about Alethea’s and I basically assumed it was to the northtowns what Antoinette’s has been to us southtowners. Basically a place that kids get excited about visiting, a big chocolate shop filled with chocolate suckers of all shapes and sizes and ice cream sundaes. Well it turns out I was exactly right because that’s what Alethea’s is and I must say their store is much nicer then Antoinette’s (at least their West Seneca location).
After trying out the newly opened Rocco’s (Food Porn coming soon), Alli and I decided to take advantage of being in the Clarence area and finally try Alethea’s. Our visit almost never happened because when we pulled up to Alethea’s the place looked closed, there were no cars in the parking lot and no visible “We’re Open” sign. Yes, the neon signs were illuminated but I know plenty of stores and restaurants that leave their lights on on all day. Luckily, we decided to walk up and noticed they are open 10am to 10pm (everyday).
- Restaurant Type: Ice Cream Parlor/Chocolate Shop
- Cuisine: Chocolates/Ice Cream
- Prices: Sundaes $4-$7, Chocolate varies by size
- Location: Williamsville
Alli ordered her go to ice cream sundae, Vanilla with Hot Fudge and pieces of Banana (~$4, pictured in gallery). The ice cream itself was OK and they do use that “old fashioned” homemade type of hot fudge, but she said she still prefers Condrell’s for her sundaes. I decided to order something off the “Gourmet Selections” menu and tried out their Mint Drizzle (pictured above, ~$7). Made up of a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of mint ice cream, it’s then covered in marshmallow sauce, hot fudge, mint sauce, pecans and one of their Satin Mints. It was pretty ridiculous and the best part was they used green ice cream with chips of mint chocolate, which always tastes better in my opinion then the white mint ice cream. I would have liked more then just one of their Satin Mints, it’s about the size of a quarter, but their marshmallow topping was light and fluffy and the mint and chocolate flavors were never overwhelming. Paying $7 for ice cream isn’t the easiest sell but considering the amount of ice cream and various sauces that are put on this sundae, it’s worth treating yourself or your kid every once in a while.
We also picked up a bag of their Chocolate Covered Popcorn (~$6, not pictured) which was delicious, the chocolate was incredibly creamy and we devoured an entire 8oz bag in 24 hours. Alethea’s is a really nice store and they have an enormous selection of chocolates with milk chocolate suckers of almost every shape and size (flowers? check. dinosaur? check. airplane? check.). If you don’t live in the area I’d suggest you wait until you are dining in the Williamsville/Clarence area and make a post dinner stop, I can’t say it’s worth visiting over Antoinette’s or Condrell’s (they still have the best sundae selection) but it’s still pretty good.