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Greg's ice cream

after reading about it...I finally went there.
There were no customers so I took the liberty to sample a few flavors.
Eggnog: nice
Ginger: nicer
Pistachio: not what I was expecting..too mellow
Coffee with Skor bits: too sweet
Roasted Marshmallow: OH MY..it tasted exactly like the marshmallow came off the fire at the campsite. Even after digesting it, the flavors still hung around my palate.
Banana Bread: WINNER!!

I gave the nice kid...a tip for being so kind and patient!!

Anyone have any other favorite flavors?

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  1. Do they have pumpkin? I just got back from the states and had some pumpkin ice-cream at cold cream slabery.

    It was very good - lots of pumpkin flavour without being overly sweet. Does anyone know where I can get pumpkin icecream or pumkin coffee beans in toronto?

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    1. re: caitlink

      Ed's Real Scoop in the Beach makes Pumpkin Icecream. Really rich and creamy.

      Ed's Real Scoop
      2224 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E9, CA

      1. re: caitlink

        I don't know about the pumpkin coffee beans (although now I would really really like to try some), but I've had pumpkin ice cream at Greg's. Might be a seasonal flavor, though.

      2. My two favourites are Roasted Marshmallow and Stout. For those who are crinkling their nose in disgust at the prospect of beer-flavoured ice cream, don't knock it 'till you try it! :)

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        1. re: xtal

          any idea how much, if i LOVE the roasted marshmallow, i will LOVE the Stout? :-)

          1. re: alisonb

            I'm reticent to speculate, individual palates being what they are.

            They definitely are different flavours, but there is a sweetness in the stout that mixes well with the beer flavour.

        2. My favorite at their old location was the mint chocolate chip and the "O" Oreo.
          Does anyone know why they moved to the Bloor Spadina location? It doesn't have the charm or floor space that the old Greg's had.

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          1. re: merlot143

            I believe landlord issues played a major role, and he had already been making the ice cream offsite for some time before the move. I miss the old place a lot. The new one is a high traffic location with a much lower rent. But it's very inconvenient for me and I've rarely been able to get a seat when I have made it there.

            1. re: embee

              You mean, a seat from one of the two seats available?

              1. re: merlot143

                Don't exaggerate. There are at least four seats :-)

          2. I agree, the pumpkin pie one is good in season, I also like the Cinnamon.

            Roasted marshmello, however, is my all time fav

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            1. re: orangewasabi

              Roasted marshmallow ice cream from Greg's is on Toronto Life magazine's Top 100 tastes this month.
              Personally I prefer the chocolate pepperoncino gelato from Il Gelatiere.

              1. re: merlot143

                Can you find Gregs Ice cream at any supermarket's anywhere?

                1. re: callitasicit

                  not major chains, but high-end markets - Summerhill Market, Sherwood Market, Freshman's, etc. you pay a premium, tho.

                  627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                  Sherwood Market
                  1054 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

                  Summerhill Market
                  446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                  1. re: LemonLauren

                    All The Best Fine Foods also carries Greg's.

                  2. re: callitasicit

                    harbord bakery also sell greg's ice-cream

                    1. re: callitasicit

                      Greg's sells large containers to the public at their retail store, if you're able to make the trek there.

                2. chocolate peanut butter. definitely. I've been known to make treks from the east end in the summers to satisfy the craving. I've had other brands of choco-PB, but none compare.

                  Since it's not available all the time, my default is sweet cream. Yum.

                  1. Roasted Marshmallow, for sure, eaten in alternating bites with their Lemon Meringue.
                    Don't know why, but it's magic.

                    1. Roasted marshmallow is killer, though I find it a bit sweet to eat on its own. I also love their "O", sweet cream and coffee flavours. But one of the biggest surprises of all came last year when I tried their banana ice cream - I don't usually order fruit flavours but the guy working behind the counter encouraged me to try it. I loved it so much that I brought a tub to a friend's house the next day to serve with a flourless chocolate cake that I had made - OMG, a flavour explosion!!

                      They also sell Greg's ice cream at My Favourite Ice Cream Shop at Yonge and Macpherson (beside Patachou).

                      1. Oh, the memories! I loved the original location. My fave flavours: pear and ginger; cinnamon coffee; peach.

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                        1. re: hungry_pangolin

                          I'd never heard of Stout ice cream but I just found some Ben & Jerry's in the States (it's actually "Black & Tan", mixed with chocolate).I've only tried it once but it's not bad. I'll have to try Greg's.

                          Since they're on the JCC property I was wondering if Greg's is kosher at all (particularly in regard to the marshmallow), but I'm guessing not.

                          1. re: fleisch

                            The big draw for Greg's for me is that they use real ingredients to derive flavour, as opposed to something that came out of an organic chemistry lab. So, there actually is beer in the ice cream... :)

                            1. re: fleisch

                              The marshmallow and some of the flavours containing baked goods are definitely treif. You can assume that the flavours which don't contain baked stuff or marshmallow don't contain any non kosher ingredients. However, there isn't any kind of supervision and the prep areas and machinery would get "normal" sanitation. If you need a hashgacha, then Greg's would be off limits.

                              (Contrast with, say, Baskin Robbins or Haagen Dazs, where most of the flavours are certified kosher, though most stores scooping them are not).

                          2. +

                            Greg's Ice Cream
                            750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S2J2, CA

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                            1. re: JamieK

                              Add me to the list of people who misses the old location in the basement! I was quite disappointed when I saw the new place--doesn't look too different than a food court stall at the mall...on the other hand, I'll have to try "stout" next time I'm there.

                              1. re: looniePincher

                                Ooh, Greg's toasted mashmellow ice cream! If it wasn't so cold out today, I'd stop in for some!

                              2. re: JamieK

                                JamieK - I think that's actually 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto.

                                750 Bloor West is actually west of Bathurst. I know it says 750 Bloor on Greg's homepage, but if you click on the map you see the address is supposed to be 750 Spadina. (Plus, to be on the south side of the street, it would have to be an odd number, anyway...)

                                1. re: bawm

                                  Yes! I was going by the website, which I find are usually more accurate than other sources. It's fixed. Thanks for spotting it. Just so you know, anyone can fix or add to a place link, just click on edit. Don't be shy!

                                  Greg's Ice Cream
                                  750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S2J2, CA

                              3. I especially like their roasted marshmallow with their hot fudge sauce. Mmmmmmm.

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                                1. re: thought_for_food

                                  I second that combo. I get it every time.

                                2. Honestly, the Lemon Yogurt flavour (it's not a yogurt dessert, it IS ice cream with a lemon yogurt flavour) is one of the most divine things I have ever tasted.

                                  1. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the cocoanut. I've never had cocoanut ice cream that good outside of Mexico. Divine, and the only possible dessert when I cook Asian or Thai.