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With Summer just around the corner, we figured it’s about time we caught up on Toronto’s ice cream scene. This cold treat is as hot as ever, with countless unique flavours and ways to enjoy a scoop (or three!). These parlours were amongst our favourite, and definitely the most unique. Be sure to add them to your “to-do list” this summer. You and Fido can walk it off together, right? Without further adieu, and in no particular order, we present to you Toronto’s must-try ice cream shops!
This family owned and operated ice cream biz has been serving the treat-seeking folks of Toronto since 1984. Opening their first storefront in 2015, Booyah Inc. is centrally located in midtown Toronto at 16 Vaughn Road. Critics and ice cream hobbyists alike rave about the diverse and expansive menu which Booyah has to offer. Did someone say ice cream taco? That’s right – this cool treat is a favourite amongst many, and has been described by our Aussie friends at 7travel as “worth visiting Canada for.” Booyah is also known for their house-made ice cream sandwiches. Your favourite flavour(s) sandwiched between warm, gooey, fresh baked cookies? Yes. Please. Vegan options are also available, in case you were wondering.
These aren’t the cones & ice cream sandwiches your mom used to buy – trust us. With 11 flavours to choose from (6 standard, and 5 rotating seasonally), you’ll have the time of your life deciding which to pick! Flavour is the name of the game at Bang Bang, with options like London Fog, Burnt Toffee, and Totaro on the menu. Bang Bang’s current seasonal offerings include Lychee Rosewater Raspberry, Soybean Walnut, and Sour Soup! Curious what that tastes like? Us too. We’ll meet you there to find out! Of course, no scoop is complete without the perfect cone or cookie to pair it with. Lucky for us, Bang Bang’s bakery items are just as impressive as their ice cream flavours. The “Big Bang Cone” is their signature take on the Hong Kong Waffle cone – and it’s an absolute must. Though you may have a hard time deciding on which kind of cookie you would like to sandwich your icy treat between. Spicy Ginger? Birthday cake? Dark Chocolate? Salted Caramel? Yes – these are cookie flavours. Enough chat, head on over to 93A Ossington Ave, Toronto and indulge.
Eva’s unique treats are famous for their freshly baked Chimney Cones – a bread like Hungarian pastry with a crunchy, cinnamon sugar coated outside and a fluffy, warm interior. These Chimneys are baked fresh daily from quality ingredients; and boy, can you tell! The caramelized, sugary exterior of the cone ensures that every last bite is a crunchy delight. There’s something to be said for an age-old family recipe, don’t you think? In fact, Eva herself brought this recipe all the way from Budapest, Hungary, after she made her way to Canada with her husband and two children many years ago. Eva’s storefront location, 454 Bloor St W, Toronto, offers Chimney Cones in 4 flavours including: The O.G., Apple Crumble, Dobos Torte, and the Dream Cone. You can check out their menu in detail, here. Or better yet, go ask Eva yourself!
With more than 30 flavours to choose from – including a few seasonal favourites – Summer’s Ice Cream is an absolute must try! No rookies to the dessert scene – the folks behind this artisanal parlour make all of their ice cream fresh daily. The small-batch method ensures that they’re serving up only the highest quality cones, made from fresh cream and premium ingredients. Summer’s offers a variety of treats beyond ice cream, including frozen yogurt, sorbets, and soft serve. Whatever you’re craving, they’ve got you covered. And here’s the best part! Summer’s is also available to take home from your favourite Ontario grocers and markets. See a complete list of where to pick up your favourite flavour, here. Or better yet, stop by their storefront at 101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto to say hi!
Check out the GoFetch Blog for more “must-tries” and lists of our favourite stops for both you and your pup.
-The GoFetch Team