Beat the heat with these seven cold treats to put on your Toronto summer do list.
You’ll have to keep your eye out for Teppan and their Thai-style “rolled” ice cream, since they are on the event and fest circuit this summer. They roll their hand-crafted ice cream while you wait. Watch their social media for where they’re going to be next.
When you dip, everyone wants to dip, thanks to the recent arrival of Montreal’s favourite ice cream shop in Toronto. The classic dip cone goes next level when you pick your size, cone style, dip flavour, and topping. Pose with your cone by La Diperie’s signature blue wall for the foodie photo moment.
Address: 372 Danforth Avenue
At Dolce 21, you can mix and match soft serve flavours with their weekly rotating cotton candy flavour (recent offerings have included watermelon and lychee). You can also opt for other add-ons like cookie pieces, honeycombs, or just good old fashioned sprinkles. If you’d rather sip than spoon, you can add cotton candy on top of shakes, too. That crazy blue ice cream, though: It’s just vanilla.
Address: Unit B35A, Pacific Mall, 4300 Steeles Avenue, Markham
Matcha is all the rage right now in all sorts of versions, but in the summer, there’s nothing better than trying it in soft serve form. Tsujiri is swirling the super trendy stuff at this Toronto outpost of the all-matcha Japanese import,
Address: 147 Dundas Street West
Few places represent the whimsy and fun ice cream treats can be than Bang Bang, who have the Big Bang Cone as their take on the Hong Kong Waffle Cone. It’s a bubble waffle folded like a cone and stuffed with scoops of premium ice cream in your choice of flavours. And Bang Bag delivers on the flavour front: London Fog, Burnt Toffee, Cinnamon Toast, and a selection of seasonal options and more are ready for scooping.
Address: 93A Ossington Avenue
This newer popsicle shop (sister to the popular Seven Lives taqueria) draws on the Mexican tradition of paletas–colourful, sweet, cold treats on a stick–but without the dairy. One of their prettiest is their Fruit Loops paleta, made with coconut milk.
Address: 72 Kensington Avenue
Yet another newbie shaking up the sweets scene in TO is Fugo Desserts. They do some pretty eye-catching scooped cones mashed up with cookie and/or candy toppings. Their Cookie Monster is a bold blue–like its namesake Muppet–dabbed with cookies.
Address: 205 Dundas Street West