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Where to find Fresh Icecream (to go) in Downtown Toronto?

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dragon_roll Sep 7, 2008 07:37 PM

Hello all! Im new to this board and this is my first post..
I just returned from Europe (München) and loved the fresh ice cream there!
Im wondering if there is anywhere in downtown Toronto to find freshly made icecream? either to eat in or on a cone to go...Im close to Yonge/Bloor but am willing to travel further..

thanks!

  1. TorontoJo Sep 8, 2008 05:43 AM

    Can you define what you mean by "freshly made"? If you mean a local shop that makes their own (rather than a chain like Baskin-Robbins that gets it shipped in), then there are several places in Toronto: Greg's, La Paloma, Sicilian Cafe. If you don't mind gelato (made with milk) instead of ice cream (made with cream), then I would highly recommend Hollywood Gelato or Il Gelatiere. Other gelato spots include Solefrino and Soma Chocolates.

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      brendastarlet Sep 8, 2008 06:04 AM

      If you want something close to European ice cream that's not gelato, I'd suggest Movenpick. Mock me if you will, but there's nothing like Movenpick ice cream.

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        TorontoJo Sep 8, 2008 06:29 AM

        Isn't Movenpick ice cream made in a factory and shipped, rather than "freshly made"?

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          estufarian Sep 8, 2008 08:22 AM

          I don't think it's around anymore.
          It used to be made by Gelato Fresco and they whipped more air into that product. By a rough guess (picking up both the Movenpick and Gelato Fresco tubs) the Movenpick weighed about 30% less.

    2. JonasBrand Sep 8, 2008 06:24 AM

      I'll strongly second Il Gelatiere up on Mt. Pleasant. And also recommend Kensington Organics on Palmerston just north of Queen. You should certainly try Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, here is a list of where you can get it scooped or in a tub: http://www.kawarthadairy.com/buy.html

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        estufarian Sep 8, 2008 08:25 AM

        While I can support most of the other recommendations, Kensington Organic is one of the worst I've tried. Sweet and stcky with added gummy stabilizers and also contains ice-crystals. Of course, I haven't tried it recently!

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          deelicious Sep 8, 2008 06:37 PM

          Kensington is on the bottom of my list as well!

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        shocked Sep 8, 2008 10:30 AM

        Ed's Ice Cream in the Beach (Beech Ave and Queen St E) makes fantastic ice cream and gelato on site. There are about 35 flavours, and they are happy to offer samples on all. Its a great area to visit if you are new to the city, and the fantastic ice cream makes it all that much better!

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          Food Tourist Sep 13, 2008 07:53 AM

          In the past, I found Ed's a bit too sweet, but recently I was wowed by the lime-coconut flavour - so refreshing after a few hours on the beach!

        2. Baelsette Sep 8, 2008 11:17 AM

          Dutch dreams at St. Clair and Vaughan is always a winner in our house. They make all of their ice creams.

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            Snarf Sep 8, 2008 12:25 PM

            I had the pleasure of trying some of fhe flavours on offer at XocoCava, which is right next to Cava in Delisle Court yesterday. Rich and creamy strawberry, a vanilla that could warm the darkest heart, and a chocolate gelato that would render males completely unnecessary. Many more flavours than that, but these were the ones I tried. Take home versions also available, fairly reasonable for the quality.

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              gastronom Sep 8, 2008 12:37 PM

              The best ice cream is at Greg's (you can get better gelato elsewhere, but not ice cream). It's really nice and creamy.

              In other news, I tried la paloma the other day, they have 100 flavours and it all looks so wonderful, but they all taste more or less the same. Sad.

              1. sugarcube Sep 8, 2008 07:04 PM

                Dutch Dreams, Ed's Real Scoop, and Greg's are all terrific (addicted to Greg's Roasted marshmallow ice cream!)

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                  bike_girl Sep 12, 2008 06:58 PM

                  For fresh made ice cream I reccomend the Sweet Escape Patisserie In the Distillery District Downtown. They don't use any of those horrible artifical stabilzers or artifical flavours only real, milk, cream, and eggs they only have 8 flavours to choose from but everytime I go in there is always a new one to try. My favourites have been espresso brownie and peanut butter and jelly

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