I’ve gone to a number of Toronto ice cream places. And there are more I want to go to. Sorry, no pictures because I just want to enjoy ice cream, not document it. Here is ice cream from my side of the gurney, and in no order:
Let me begin by saying I threw this out halfway through. Soft-serve covered in delicious pieces of birthday cake seems like an amazing idea: who doesn’t love cake and ice cream? The soft-serve was not that great, and the cake was stale and fake-tasting. So disappointing. No wonder there are rarely any crowds when I walk by on hot days (Bloor location).
OK, I really like this place. Very good vanilla soft-serve dipped in a selection from 30+ dips and a whole bunch of toppings. And everything from 1-bite size to large. I don’t appreciate it when the only size is giant, or the only way to get a fun (not plain) cone is to get a huge waffle cone. Peanut butter dip with pretzels! So many chocolate dips! Key lime! They have vegan options I didn’t try.
Exactly what I want from frozen yogurt: tart and creamy. I wish it came in a cone. The flavour is vanilla, and there are various parfaits like cherry cheesecake, but it’s so good that I would have been happy to have it on its own.
This used to be my favourite for vegan ice cream in years past (higher quality than Cosmic Treats, below). Last week I went by the Kensington location and none of the flavours really appealed. I asked the “ice cream connoisseur” (as she introduced herself) to try the blue cheese walnut, but got such a small sample that I couldn’t taste it and was sort of turned off and went to Grk Ygrt instead (see above). It may be partially because I was treated to a weird scripted introduction by the staff member. The next day a friend and I went to the Queen St. Location and the same staff member did the same ice cream connoisseur routine to us, then mixed up my friend’s order in a bizarre way. I got (non-vegan) rum and raisin and it was very disappointing. It tasted like vanilla, and I never thought I would complain about too many raisins in ice cream, but somehow it didn’t work.
In my opinion, the best variety of flavours for vegan ice cream, but not particularly high quality ice cream. I was so happy when they had tiger stripe and I was vegan, though.
Eva’s Original Chimney
This is ice cream in a housemade, super thick sugar cone. It was way too much cone, and not particularly good. Neat to see how they make the cones, not very tasty unless you like a lot of hard, sugary cone.
I lined up for this Toronto institution once. It’s totally the kind of place where to get what you want, you need to order the waffle cone, and then it comes with candy floss and other tasty crap on top. The ice cream is nothing special, as far as I can tell. Once was enough.
Ice creams I want to try:
JR Sweets – peanut porridge ice cream! Housemade Jamaican ice cream! I need to do this soon.
Bakerbots – because everyone says how amazing it is. Ice cream sandwiches don’t appeal to me that much, but I guess I need to try it.