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Ice Cream?

Other than Greg's in the city, where are the good places to go to get REALLY good ice cream. For more mundane ice cream decadence, does anyone know if Kawartha Dairies sells anywhere within the GTA?


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  1. Try Ed's Real Scoop on Queen E, past the main drag. I used to see Kawartha at Shopper's Drugmart at Queen and Leslie but haven't looked in ages. Their website has an extensive list of who sells it by the scoop or by the container. And they always have a stand at the CNE outside of the food building, a long time to wait, I know!

    1. Soma at the Distillery is magnifico! It doesn't taste like junk food.

      1. I know it's not quite the same thing, but Solferino on Wellington has fantastic gelato.

        1. It isn't all that easy to get really good ice cream in Toronto. Ed's Real Scoop tries hard. Neither Ed's nor Greg's ice creams are anywhere near as rich as Haagen Dazs and B&J.

          Soma has some decent ice cream (though I found it less interesting than I expected and much less decadent). Other possibilities include Summers and Dessert Lady in Yorkville. Not great across the board, but worth trying.

          For Gelato, I like Hollywood best with Solferino second. My long love affair with La Paloma died a couple of years ago after several scoops of really crappy, artificial stuff.

          At least we're not stuck with Cold Stone Creamery.

          Kawartha is available around Toronto. I think I last noticed it at Nunzio's on Bayview.

          1. They sell Kawartha Dairies ice cream at Suckers candy store on the Danforth (near Chester station.)

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            1. re: cchrish

              There is also a small selection at Sun Valley Foods on the Danforth (near the corner of Pape and Danforth)

            2. If you like Kawartha, I believe you will like Dutch Dreams - St Clair and Vaughn.

              Otherwise Eds and Gregs are great in my books for ice creams and Hollywood for Gelato.

              Fresh and Wild - King/Spadina has a freezer full of interesting organic and small batch ice-creams that look worthwhile.

              1. The best in Toronto's east end and possibly the city is St. Clair Ice Cream, which isn't on St. Clair Ave. at all but on the south side of Danforth Ave. a long block west of Victoria Park at Kelvin Ave. It's an ice cream manufacturing plant, but there's an attached retail store where you can get ice cream and related dairy products the way they used to taste. The place has an old-fashioned ice-cream shop atmosphere. You can't go wrong at St Clair Ice Cream.


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                1. re: Bob Catt

                  I once trekked there from Yonge and Finch many years ago. The ice cream was so basic, industrial, and blah that I regretted spending the time and gas. Unless they've made major improvements recently, or ice cream "used to taste" differently for you than for me, I must disagree strongly. It's certainly the best in its neighbourhood, but only because there isn't anything else in its neighbourhood.

                  I'm much closer now, so I'll try them this summer, but I don't know...

                  1. re: embee

                    Like you, it's also been awhile since I was at St.Clair Ice Cream, but my comments still stand despite what you say. But on second thought I'll qualify my assessment that their ice cream may be the best in the city - some of the high end ice cream sold in stores matches it in flavour. What I like about St. Clair's ice cream is its freshness, because it's made on the premises and it doesn't taste like it's been sitting in the freezer for a long time. The generous portions are another plus. But after all it's a matter of individual taste. Anyway, give it another try this summer, and so will I.

                    1. re: Bob Catt

                      I like St. Clair Ice Cream - huge portions and an interesting location. Love the ginger flavour.

                2. I liked Kawartha Dairy until I read the ingredients. Holy unnecessary fat bomb! I'll stick to Gelato Fresco. So pure & delicious it doesn't need excess fat to satisfy. I haven't made the trip to mecca at 60 Tycos yet, but this summer is definitely THE summer I must go and stock up. So many chocolates, so little time.

                  1. Perhaps not very convenient, but how about Tropical Treets on Bermondsey, just past the D.V.P.? They have wonderful flavors, very natural tasting. Things like Mango, Soursop,or Lychee, and non of that perfume, fake taste. My biggest problem there is deciding what to have, last time I think it was Lychee and Pistachio!!!! You can get cones there or you can buy containers to take home. I think some of the South Asian supermarkets carry it as well.

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                    1. re: Leslieville

                      I love Tropical Treets as well. Their green tea ice cream, a flavour normally difficult to find, is wonderful. To solve the choice problem, I usually serve one or two flavours together. Try coconut and mango for a real tropical kick. They also have a large kulfi selection. If that's more your style, you can't miss with the pistachio.

                      1. re: Leslieville

                        Tropical Treets is pretty widely available around Toronto. Most Asian stores, some high-end stores, and even the occasional chain supermarket has some of their more interesting flavours.

                        A couple of cautions about Tropical Treets:

                        - While the "exotic' flavours can be quite good, their more conventional flavours are appalling

                        - They have made changes over time that, to my palate, are not positive ones. I used to love their coconut, pistachio, and mango, but I have noticed that their ice creams/kulfis have become distinctly lighter in weight (i.e., they are adding much more air than they used to). A carton now weighs perhaps half of what it did when I first discovered them. It has also become much sweeter. The last batch of pistachio I had tasted odd - as if a previously natural flavour had become artificial.

                        1. re: Leslieville

                          Further to my reply above (on Gelato Fresco) we found Tropical treets to be amazingly cheap - but the quality was among the worst too! Tried 3 different flavours and all 3 tasted artificial with nothing to balance the sweetness. Great choice at first glance but suspect dried/powdered ingredients as both texture and flavour were poor (and just scanned down to see embees response - agree entirely).

                          1. re: Leslieville

                            I agree with this suggestion. I buy their coconut ice cream at Loblaws and it is HEAVENLY: some of the best ice cream I've ever put in their mouth. I highly recommend it, and IMO, it far surpasses their other flavours, which are still very good.

                          2. I like Greg's in general. I find their flavours reliably good and the texture correct.

                            I have had nothing but bad experiences with Ed's. The Orange Chocolate I bought was grainy and was neither a good chocolate flavour or enough orange. The raspberry was a very thin on raspberry flavour. The other flavour we tried was pralines and cream and, let's just say that Baskin and Robbin's is way way better. This was too, too sweet and where were the pralines? Is there another flavour that I should try here before I write them off completely?

                            I wanted to like Kensington organic. But, nope. Consistently grainy and bland.

                            For nice Ice cream, I find it hard to beat Haagen Dazs strawberry.

                            But, give some good gelato a try. Hollywood gelato is consistently impressive across the board. Their non-fruit flavours are also just about creamy enough to please most people who generally prefer Ice Cream to gelato. I love their very tart/sweet lemon, the wildberry, pistachio, hazelnut, Oreo, and several others.

                            1. I must say that I've always found the dark chocolate SORBET at Soma to be fantastic, but it's very far from the sweet, creamy vanilla you'll find in ice creams like Kawartha Dairies. It's closer to the dark chocolate flavours at Berthillon, here in Paris.

                              1. They sell Kawartha Dairies ice cream at this little place I go. Sorry I can't recall the name but it's located right where Gerrard st east and Clonmore Dr. meet, it's in the little plaza there where the Quarry restaurant is located. They have at least 15 flavours available and you can buy anywhere from a scoop to 1-2 litre tubs.

                                Also has anybody ever tried the Filipino brand ice creams. Magnolia brand ice cream @ $5.99 for 2 litres and you can get flavours like; cheese & corn, ube (purple yam), macapuno (coconut sport strings) and langka (jack fruit). There is also Selecta brand alot pricier $12.99 for 2 litres, with much the same flavours. These can be bought at any filipino store or bigger oriental markets like T&T or Lone Thai.

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                                1. re: squingy

                                  I love love love Magnolia. In my opinion, the best flavour is ube - it has a rich and comforting taste. Plus the colour of this ice cream is fantastic, and totally natural. (It's a deep, saturated purple.. very fun.) Macapuno is also quite good, but I've never tried cheese & corn (that doesn't sound great to me, but who knows) and I'm not a fan of jackfruit, so I can't comment on that one either.

                                  1. re: squingy

                                    Squingy wrote:
                                    They sell Kawartha Dairies ice cream at this little place I go. Sorry I can't recall the name but it's located right where Gerrard st east and Clonmore Dr. meet, it's in the little plaza there where the Quarry restaurant is located. They have at least 15 flavours available and you can buy anywhere from a scoop to 1-2 litre tubs.

                                    For what it's worth, I think you mean Quarry Gifts & Novelties at 2560 Gerrard Street E Unit #101A. We know it not for their ice cream, but because it's the nearest place to our house where we can pick up Sears on-line catalogue orders. However, now we'll try the ice cream, thanks to your recommendation.

                                    1. re: squingy

                                      i have been trying to look for Filipino store to buy ice cream, anyone know where there are any in gta? thanks in advance.

                                      1. re: 2961883

                                        Although it's primarily a bakery, I *think* I saw a freezer section here as well. FV Foods seems to have every imaginable Filipino sweet so ice cream wouldn't be a stretch. A little something to go with their cakes. Give them a call. And, yes, they're open to the general public.

                                    2. Im pretty sure I just saw Kawartha Dairies ice cream at the IGA on Danforth and Pape.

                                      1. Madeleine's Cherry Pie & Ice Cream (1087 Bathurst south of Dupont) carries Kawartha Dairies ice cream.

                                        1. Sweet Olenka's on Lakeshore between Islington and Royal York is quite good, but lately they seem closed more than they're open. For instance, today at 4:30, they had a sign on the door claiming that they would open at 2:30. Posted hours are noon to 7 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

                                          I also like the crazy ice cream at Beer Bistro. "Dragon stout with skor" is worth trying!

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                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                            For ice cream, I agree that Sweet Olenka's is really good. I love that they have unusual flavours, and they seem to be made with lots of good natural ingredients.

                                          2. Solferino's Gelato @ 38 Wellington

                                            lots of unusual flvours, Lulo is my fav

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                                            1. re: orangewasabi

                                              Dessert Trends Patisserie-Bistro - 154 Harbord St.
                                              this place is absolutely amazing, the pastries are works of art and in summer
                                              they have about 20 stunning ice creams to choose from. Very pricey though.

                                              1. re: McCree

                                                Again, not ice cream, however, Il Gelatiere on Mountpleasant is very good - it's worth going just to meet the owner Alessandro who also owns two gelaterias in Rome.

                                                Chris MacDonald from Cava will soon be opening a very high end ice cream store right next door to his restaurant.

                                                1. re: janetzuccarini

                                                  Try "Delight" on Dundas West. Local ingredients, homemade ice cream, plus chocolate truffles to top it off! Delicious in-season flavours such as Ontario strawberry, peach and mint.
                                                  I've heard good things about the ice cream sandwiches at Bakerbots (near Ossington Station).
                                                  Also....all of these look decadent!

                                            2. Hands down winner: Crema di Gelatto in Burlington. It's worth the drive.