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Antney's Ice Cream, near Green Tree, offers a slate of unusual flavors

"We have 16 flavors every day, and you never know which 16 are going to show up."



Anthony Ciotti looks over the 16 flavors of ice cream in the freezer of his Poplar Street shop. "How about Mexican chocolate with candied bacon?" he asks. 

Bacon is a breakfast staple so having ice-cream-with-bacon at 8:30 a.m. seems perfectly acceptable. The ice cream has a hint of cinnamon which perfectly complements the pleasantly bitter chocolate, and the candid bacon adds the perfect finishing touch — a bit of salty-sweet.

Ciotti and his wife, Lee Anne, opened Antney's Ice Cream, located just off Noblestown Road between Green Tree and Crafton, in April. They had sold franchise-variety "frozen desserts" for about 10 years but when the parent company changed hands, they decided to strike out on their own. Ciotti took a course in ice-cream production at Penn State University, set up shop in a former Blockbuster video store and began to experiment. 

"We took flavors we liked and started putting different combinations together," Ciotti says of his all-natural ice cream. "Our customers also offer suggestions." Besides the Mexican chocolate, he also puts candied bacon in salted caramel. The burnt-chocolate flavor is made by using caramelized sugar.

Antney's offers standard flavors but some of the non-traditional flavors include tiramisu, pound cake, lychee, key lime, lemon poppy seed, hazelnut with Nutella and caramelized banana. It also serves a traditional flavor, less seen these days — spumoni. 

"We have 16 flavors every day," Ciotti says, "and you never know which 16 are going to show up."

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