With the summer temperatures heating up, I felt it was time to add an option for those looking for a soft ice cream fix. The people over at Vicky's Tasty Treats were one of the friendliest and most open people I have dealt with since I started this blog and I wanted to share their story.
Located at 680 Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool. they are open 7 days a week until 10:30 PM. Owners Lisa and Alan King run this family business that started with her aunt and uncle in 1972 under the name Tastee Freeze. And since Lisa took the time to break down the history of their family business and did it so well, I will let her explain the history of this family business in her own words.
"In 1972, our Liverpool landmark, named Tastee Freeze at that time, was owned by my aunt and uncle (my dad's sister). At that time, they sold ice cream as well as tacos, burgers, sausage and meatballs. In 1985, my dad, Bill Commisso, purchased the business from his sister and changed the name to Vicky's Tasty Treats, named after my mom, Vicky Commisso. Upon purchase, they decided to sell only ice cream. At that time, my dad created his own recipes for Italian Lemon Ice and Orange Sherbet. Throughout the years, these two items have always been a crowd favorite..everyone loves out orange vanilla twist and lemon ice, which makes me so proud. I was a teenager at the time of my parents taking over the family business, working on school nights and weekends.
After graduating from high school , I began working in banking, which is where I met my husband, Alan King. In 1995, my parents were transitioning to retirement, and I decided to leave banking to take over the family business. I began working full time for my parents to learn the ins and outs of all things ice cream. In 2001, I obtained ownership, and my dad stayed on as my employee a couple days a week to guide and mentor me, and because he likes to always stay busy. Even to this day, I still have regular customers that ask.." Where's your dad, with his big black Cadillac?", which always puts a smile on my face. From 2001 , both my husband, Alan, and I have been running our family business and love everything about it. We enjoy seeing our generations of regular customers and meeting new people who become our faithful regulars. We have a 13 year old daughter, Madison, who has now begun working with us and we look forward to the day that we can pass on the torch to her. We are very proud to be considered a Liverpool landmark and are very grateful to our wonderful customers."
If you are wondering about their current menu, they offer very reasonable prices for very generous portions. You can get milkshakes, sundaes, floats, old fashioned ice cream sodas, flurries, slushes, ice cream sandwiches, and frozen bananas. And as mentioned above, they offer homemade lemon ice, homemade orange sherbet (both this and the lemon ice are family recipes passed down), and homemade black raspberry sherbet as well as vanilla, chocolate, chocolate vanilla twist and a orange vanilla twist (I admit this one has me curious to try it myself even though I have a weakness for soft vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles).
So as you can see, this is a small family owned business that during this summer heat is worth supporting. Next time you are in the area, be sure to give Lisa and Alan King a visit at Vicky's Tasty Treat in Liverpool and see for yourself why this family business has been a Liverpool landmark since 1972.
For more information, you can also check out their Facebook page here.