looking for spumoni ice cream
Is there a source for spumoni ice cream in TO.? There used to be a great one (IMO) marketed under Laura Secord brand but that is no longer available. It had a really rich chocolate component. The one made by Dorgel/ Sicilian Ice Cream Co contains rutabaga which rather puts me off. My take being a cheap "crunch effect" instead of a full complement of candied fruit peel etc. And the flavours seem to be a bit understated.
Second your take on the Dorgel, except that in place of "understated" I would say "insipid". Which is what I suspect you may have meant.
Spumoni seems to have disappeared utterly in the past few years. The Avondale ice cream factory in Niagara-on-the-lake, which makes three dozen or so flavours, including such classics (?) as chocolate donut and graham cracker crunch, no longer makes spumoni. Even the Italian supermarket in St. Catharines doesn't carry it -- "We used to have it and people used to buy it, but nobody asks for it anymore," the owner told me.
And yet 15 years ago it was mainstream enough that one of the 12 flavours in my university caf's ice cream bar was always spumoni.
Old Spaghetti Factory is no help either... not only do they not sell it to take away, the manager described the stuff they do provide to diners as "chocolate and vanilla, and mint". So they may be affected by the Great Spumoni Famine like everyone else.
I guess Fiesta Farms is the next place to try... Or surely there must be some market along College that sells it (of course, I thought the Italian market in St. Catharines would be a sure thing).
I second Old Spaghetti Factory for spumoni ice cream. Say what you will about the place I recall their spumoni being killer. It’s a specialty there, for what that is worth. Last time I was there was like 6 years ago, and frankly I don’t recall my meal being bad at all. The ice cream was the highlight though.