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Alethea's

8301 Main St., Williamsville, NY - (716) 633-8620
Buffalo's top chocolatier, Alethea's also has a great ice cream parlor with a wide array of homemade toppings, freshly-whipped cream, and crisp nuts to top sundaes.
83% Approval Rating (6 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Hot Fudge Sundae
Marshmallow Sauce
Sponge Candy
Charlie Chaplin
Chocolate Covered Ginger
Mint Drizzle Sundae

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Alethea was the name of Dean Tassy's great-grandmother, who was a chocolatier in Greece. Today, the store named for her is one of the top candy stores in America's top candy city. The repertoire is vast, including bon-bons and barks, truffles and turtles and the great ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

8301 Main St., Williamsville, NY
(716) 633-8620

http://www.aletheas.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Alethia's mint drizzle sundae includes vanilla and mint chip ice cream, plus an overload of hot fudge and marshmallow sauce.
"Alethia's mint drizzle sundae includes vanilla and mint chip ice cream, plus an overload of hot fudge and marshmallow sauce."
Cliff Strutz





A simple classic that cannot be improved: Alethea's hot fudge sundae. It is well worth the 30 cents extra you pay to have the vanilla ice cream and deep, dark hot fudge crowned with thick whipped cream. The nuts you can get to garnish a sundae are excellent and wouldn't hurt this concoction one bit, but neither are they necessary to find true ice-cream-parlor bliss.
"A simple classic that cannot be improved: Alethea's hot fudge sundae. It is well worth the 30 cents extra you pay to have the vanilla ice cream and deep, dark hot fudge crowned with thick whipped cream. The nuts you can get to garnish a sundae are excellent and wouldn't hurt this concoction one bit, but neither are they necessary to find true ice-cream-parlor bliss."
Michael Stern


If you love chocolate-covered ginger, Alethea's is a holy grail. Made with strong, clear, spicy ginger imported from Australia, it is a huge, chocolate-robed exclamation point.
"If you love chocolate-covered ginger, Alethea's is a holy grail. Made with strong, clear, spicy ginger imported from Australia, it is a huge, chocolate-robed exclamation point."
Michael Stern


Charlie Chaplin on display in Alethea's candy case. It contained roasted chips of coconut rather than the more common shreds. Chocolatier Dean Tassy explained, 'Chips pop with flavor.'
"Charlie Chaplin on display in Alethea's candy case. It contained roasted chips of coconut rather than the more common shreds. Chocolatier Dean Tassy explained, 'Chips pop with flavor.'"
Michael Stern


Buffalo's candy makers offer Charlie Chaplin in chunks, logs, rolls, and loaves. The common ingredients are marshmallow, cashews, coconut and, of course, chocolate. Even many dark-chocolate devotees find that the milk chocolate version has a more harmonious character.
"Buffalo's candy makers offer Charlie Chaplin in chunks, logs, rolls, and loaves. The common ingredients are marshmallow, cashews, coconut and, of course, chocolate. Even many dark-chocolate devotees find that the milk chocolate version has a more harmonious character."
Michael Stern


Personally, I don't really love marshmallows and never had a big interest in marshmallow topping on sundaes. Alethea's homemade stuff, freshly made from egg whites, sugar and corn syrup, made me a believer.
"Personally, I don't really love marshmallows and never had a big interest in marshmallow topping on sundaes. Alethea's homemade stuff, freshly made from egg whites, sugar and corn syrup, made me a believer."
Michael Stern


To me, naked sponge is nothing more than a curiosity. It is basso profundo dark chocolate combined with ethereal sponge that makes my appetite growl.
"To me, naked sponge is nothing more than a curiosity. It is basso profundo dark chocolate combined with ethereal sponge that makes my appetite growl."
Michael Stern


Most people would say chicken wings or, possibly, beef on weck, when naming Buffalo's best culinary attractions. It also is a city of great chocolate shops and world-class ice cream parlors.
"Most people would say chicken wings or, possibly, beef on weck, when naming Buffalo's best culinary attractions. It also is a city of great chocolate shops and world-class ice cream parlors."
Michael Stern


Bringing chocolate from Alethea's as a hostess gift can be a problem if, like us, temptation is too great to leave such superior confections untouched. It could be embarrassing to present a hostess with a half-eaten box of sponge candy!
"Bringing chocolate from Alethea's as a hostess gift can be a problem if, like us, temptation is too great to leave such superior confections untouched. It could be embarrassing to present a hostess with a half-eaten box of sponge candy!"
Michael Stern


Decisions, decisions: One layer of a two-pound box presents an impossible number of choices, starting with a quartet of mighty fine turtles at the far left.
"Decisions, decisions: One layer of a two-pound box presents an impossible number of choices, starting with a quartet of mighty fine turtles at the far left."
Michael Stern



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