While I’ve always considered myself to be someone who favoured savoury flavours over sweet, when it comes to a creamy scoop of delicious ice cream, all gloves are off. With the summer months finally beginning to approach us, despite the recent mid-Spring snow storms (Mother Nature needs to get it together), we at fredi thought it would be fun to offer up some necessary spots for you and your friends to enjoy a sugar cone or six. Here are some of our favourite ice cream shops in Toronto.
Acting as the sort of retail outlet for Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co, Scoop Shop is a quaint spot that smells of baked goods right as you enter. With locally sourced ingredients, the entire menu is basically made from scratch on site. With flavours like Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake and Ceylon Cinnamon available, you are certainly in for a treat. They also make customizable ice cream sandwiches. I’ll take three!
Making the top of several lists here in Toronto, Ed’s Real Scoop began as a small ice cream shop in the east end and has now expanded to several locations across the city. With over 50 flavours available, Ed’s provides a lot of original options for people to try out new ice creams.
Fredi’s Tip / I’ve heard magical things about the maple bacon crunch. Order it and report back to us!
This all-natural ingredient based creamery has been touted as the Holy Grail of ice cream shops here in Toronto. With a list of over 100 flavours, the number of options literally never ends. Plus if you are a lover of all things chocolate, roughly 30 of said flavours have chocolate in them. Moderately priced and in a pretty central spot, we’d say that this is a de nite must visit for your next craving.
With a throwback vibe to the Fifties, Ice Cream Junction models itself on creameries of the past. With pastel and retro black and chrome fixtures, this shop is a de nite destination spot when it comes to satisfying your ice cream craving. With over 36 dairy flavours to choose from, and home made cones on site, this is an amazing spot for families to come and enjoy an afternoon together. Fun fact: they also have a chocolate chip cookie cone. Brace yourself for that sugar rush.
If you are familiar with Bakerbots, you might have heard of Bang Bang Bakery. You get the best of both worlds when it comes to housing ice cream between two delicious cookies. Here is how things work: you choose an ice cream that will be placed between one or two cookies, which allows you to then choose between a variety of flavour combinations. The result is one of the greatest ice cream sandwiches you will ever experience. You can however get your ice cream in a cup, traditional cone or even in a take away tub. They also make a dairy-free chocolate and raspberry gelato for those who are lactose-intolerant or vegan!
Not one for staying under the radar, the Big Chill is quite the shop to spot. Known to be incredibly busy on weeknights, their menu is filled with loads of options ranging from decadent mouthfuls (order the Dutch Apple Pie) to dairy-free flavours and sherbets. It’s a great spot for parents especially with kids have $2 cones for kids and toy cars and kid-sized furniture set up outside.
For the past 30 years, Dutch Dreams has become locally famous for not only its ice cream flavours, but also for its customized and enhanced waffle cones. The husband-and-wife team behind the shop rotate between a selection of over 60 ice cream flavours, coupled with Dutch Wa e cones that are hand-dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts, candy toppings or even cookies. Imaging ordering cookie dough ice cream inside a cone rolled with cookie and chocolate? This isn’t a want, this is a need!
Getting your last rites never felt so right! At Sweet Jesus, soft serve ice cream, sweet treats and quality espresso is all they know. Gaining their notoriety in Toronto after taking Instagram by storm with over 40K followers, it is their Pimped Out cones that are their claim to fame. Offering concoctions sky high with just about every topping imaginable at $6, your summer bod is going to hate you but I really don’t blame you. Go ahead and #BlessYourMouth!
Fredi’s Tip / Do yourself a favour and order the Campfire S’mores…Amen.
Since it opened in 1969, Tom’s Dairy Freeze hasn’t changed all that much. It still has that drive-in feel with picnic tables and blue umbrellas surrounding the low front window where you place your order. From old-fashioned milkshakes to delicious soft serve, this is a nostalgia trip that will bring you back to the good ol’ days. My personal tip is to order a side of fries and dip them in the ice cream, because why limit yourself to just one good thing when you can have two.
It seems that the gigantic freak-milkshake trend is hitting Toronto and the GTA with Oshawa’s Hollywood Cone releasing their “Mutant milkshakes” that will take your milkshake experience to new heights and new caloric levels. The bases of the shakes are made with 11.5 percent milk-fat ice cream, and then are topped off with baked goods and candy/chocolate toppings. This is essentially going o the deep end, and to be honest I am totally okay with that. It’s worth the drive folks.
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