Perry’s Ice Cream Celebrates 95 Years with Limited Edition Anniversary Flavor

October 1, 2013

Perry's Ice Cream 95th Anniversary Logo

Introducing the WNY Favorite, Sponge Candy Ice Cream to Retail

Akron, N.Y. – October 1, 2013 – In honor of its 95th year in business, Perry’s Ice Cream is celebrating with the release of a limited edition anniversary flavor fitting of its hometown in Western New York, Sponge Candy.

Sponge Candy is caramel sugar flavored ice cream with caramelized sugar swirls and sponge candy pieces.  Similar to the chicken wing, sponge candy has a cult-like following among Buffalonians. “This summer we introduced Sponge Candy at our ice cream stands and the consumer response has been tremendous,” said Bob Denning, president and chief executive officer. “When we began discussing a 95th flavor, Sponge Candy was the top choice to honor both four generations of ice cream craftsmanship and our community that has supported us for almost a century.”

Perry's Ice Cream Limited Edition 95th Anniversary Sponge Candy

Perry’s humble beginnings date back to 1918, a time when H. Morton Perry, a broom maker by trade, seized his American dream by purchasing a horse-drawn milk route in the village of Akron.  On his first day of business, Morton delivered 29 gallons of farm fresh milk to the homes of his new customers.

During the Great Depression, Morton was asked by the cafeteria manager at Akron Central School to supply ice cream to the children as a treat. Morton responded with his usual eagerness and entrepreneurial spirit.  The first batch of Perry’s Ice Cream was cooked on the kitchen stove using his mother’s family recipe.  Morton, with the help of his 17 year-old son Marlo, would freeze the mix in a hand-churned ice and salt freezer. Marlo would deliver it when he went to school the next day.

“You never know until after it happens, that moment that will create your legacy,” said Brian Perry, executive vice president, vice chair and fourth generation Perry family member.  “For my great-grandfather that moment there at the kitchen stove would come to define who we are, even in today’s fast paced business world. He is known for saying “make sure we put enough of the ‘good’ stuff” in our products.  95 years later, that is still our company and my family’s promise for everything we do.”

As demand grew, Morton applied the same principles that made his milk sales successful.  He increased his production capacity from the two gallon hand-churned freezer to an electric five gallon batch freezer and began to deliver ice cream to local stores, restaurants and schools, offering exceptional service.

Today, Perry’s is one of the largest ice cream producers in New York State, led by the fourth generation of the Perry family. With over 330 associates they make approximately 500 different items totaling over 12 million gallons per year. Perry’s matchless products, based on the family recipe from H. Morton Perry’s mother, are still made the old-fashioned way – slow cooked to creamy perfection.  Fresh local dairy products and the finest ingredients are sourced for all Perry’s Ice Cream products.

Sponge Candy is now available in your grocer’s freezer section in locations across New York State, Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio, Vermont and Virginia.

Perry’s is offering a $1.00 off any 1.50 qts. retail carton via their Facebook page.  Click the link here ( to access the coupon.

About Perry’s Ice Cream

Perry’s Ice Cream, founded in 1918 by H. Morton Perry and headquartered in Western New York, is a family-owned and operated fourth generation ice cream manufacturer with over 330 employees.  Perry’s Ice Cream is proudly made the old-fashioned way, crafted one batch at a time and slow cooked for an exceptionally creamy texture and taste.  For additional information about Perry’s Ice Cream, visit: or @perrysicecream via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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  • Amber Wade says:

    This is BY FAR my favorite ice cream! Please don’t stop making it, even tho I know it is limited edition!

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  • Pam Bennett says:

    Perry’s is my all time favorite ice cream! My favorite is Death by Chocolate, but the new Sponge Candy is a close contender.
    My Husband and I don’t always agree on flavors so when we go to our local Tastee Freeze in town we each pick a flavor and put it in 1 sundae. that way we can try lots of combinations and flavors!
    every now and again one of the grandkids gets just ‘plain’ chocolate and when I taste it I forget how good ‘plain’ can be!
    Thanks Perry’s for all the great flavors you make!
    Thanks Perry’s for your delicious ice cream.

  • Jeffrey Appis says:

    Our Family eats on the average of 5 gallons of Perry’s Ice cream every week. It would sure be great to get some coupons to help cover my cost.

    • Perry's Ice Cream says:

      Jeffrey – that is quite impressive! There is one coupon we currently are offering – have you claimed yours? Also – keep participating in our sweepstakes and contests – there are many more to come! – Elena

  • Penny crabtree says:

    Don’t ever stop making the Sponge Candy Ice Cream your best recipe in years !!!!!

  • robin says:

    As a former wnyer I love enjoying Perrys in the NYC area.
    Will you have sponege candy available at the shoprite chain? Would love to try it.
    How about cinnamon? My childhood favorite.

  • Holly says:

    PLEASE bring this flavor to Fairfax, VA! There are so many Buffalo transplants down here that would *love* this flavor!!!

    • Perry's Ice Cream says:

      Holly, your local Wegmans store should carry Perry’s Ice Cream. You should ask your Wegman’s Frozen Food Section manager to bring some in – they will listen! – Elena

  • Toni Marini says:

    We love your icecream it is hard to keep it in our house.

  • Beverly Mancuso says:

    I just love your peppermint ice cream. When it is the stores, it sells out before I can even buy it! Any chance I can buy it directly from you? And, any chance you would consider selling it more than at Christmas time? Thanks!

  • The Palermos says:

    Simply the BEST

  • Brian O'Leary says:

    I worked in a deli in NY in the 50’s and 60’s and they sold a soda by the name of Perry’s and had great flavors my favorit was Pinaple, coconut and many others are the same company?

    • Perry's Ice Cream says:

      It is not the same company but is a very cool coincidence! Perry’s Ice Cream was founded in 1918 and started as a dairy until 1932 when we began delivering our ice cream to local stores and restaurants around Akron, NY.

  • Charles Stone Jr says:

    Do they sell chicken wings ice cream in Louisville, Ky

    • Perry's Ice Cream says:


      Our Chicken Wing flavor was actually an April Fools joke! We will let you know if we ever actually make it! 🙂


  • 먹고싶다 says:

    Wow~~~♥♥ 먹고싶다…. 치느님…

  • AL says:

    what time of the year do you make sponge candy ice cream?
    Thank You

  • […] to flavor creativity. Offering a selection of limited edition flavors such as Pumpkin Pie and their 95th Anniversary Sponge Candy, they subsequently blast the news to their Facebook fans to get the word […]