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May 11, 2009 02:53 PM

ISO (in search of) coconut ice-cream

I had some great banana fritters and coconut ice-cream at Ivory Thailand (I'll post about that later and the heavy use of MSG), and I'm looking for some good quality coconut ice-cream (not gelato).

I live in Scarborough, but wouldn't mind to drive a bit to get it (just not downtown), due to parking charges.

I saw the tubs at Ivory Thailand were marked "St. Clair ice-cream" as I've seen in many other buffet restaurants, but any other ideas?

Thanks in advance

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  1. Tropical Treets on Bermondsey. Not gourmet by any means but better than St Clair.

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    1. re: Dimbulb

      Thanks Dimbulb, I've had the ice-cream at Tropical Treets and found it ok. Perhaps I need to try it again, since it's been awhile.

    2. Tropical Treets coconut is available at many mainstream supermarkets. They have it at the Danforth/VP Metro, and probably all over Scarborough.

      I have SOMETIMES been able to get this hand packed at Tropical Treets' Bermondsey store. Hand packing makes the ice cream denser and richer than the highly aerated contents of their supermarket containers. Tropical Treets is conveniently located for me, but be aware that there are no guarantees and they may just point you to the freezer.

      Most Asian stores (e.g., Indian stores; T&T) have a few brands of coconut ice cream. The coconut gelato at Ed's Real Scoop would probably also satisfy, since none of the available ice cream brands is particularly rich. Tropical Treets' version does contain chunks of young coconut, but the once wonderful quality of this product is a thing of the past.

      St Clair Ice Cream is on the Danforth not far from Main. You might be able to get it there, but their retail store isn't always open - call before you go.

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      1. re: embee

        Yeah I was going to say Ed's in the Beaches as well

        1. re: embee

          Thank you.

          I should have elaborated that I tried Tropical Treets Coconut (and mango) ice-cream and found it to be ok. I don't recall chunck of young coconut, maybe that was awhile ago, as you mentioned?

          Thanks also for the tip on St Clair ice-cream, I would only be able to go on Sat/Sunday, but will call first if I decide to go downtown.

          1. re: embee

            T&T has a Nestle brand coconut ice-cream that is produced in Philippine. You can give it a try.

            I also like the coconut ice-cream from Greg's. But they are in downtown.

            1. re: embee

              Can anyone tell me if Tropical Treets coconut ice cream is dairy-free (i.e. vegan)?
              I'd like to pick it up, but will avoid the trek if it's not what I'm looking for.

              1. re: embee

                Hi Dimbulb and Embee, we drove to Tropical Treets today, to give the coconut ice-cream another try. It was better than I remember (it was a loooong time), so we bought that along with mango, and another flavour that they sell individually packed, but more costly (espresso something). It was quite a drive for us (30 minutes - well in Toronto, that's not considered far), but we didn't expect the service to be so rude! The young girl behind the counter (in our opinion) needs to learn better manners and customer service. Perhaps it was an off day, but we were really turned off!

                Oh well, we got our ice-cream, that's all that matters (lol). The litre tubs are the same price as in the stores (4.99) and the specialty flavors are 3.99 for 1/2 litre and 6.99 for a full litre.

                P.S. To Embee, we weren't lukcy to get ours hand packed, but she did hand pack the specialty flavor, although for the extra price, she didn't even pack it to the rim? Maybe that's their policy ....

                Thanks again for your feedback

              2. Without going downtown, the coconut ice cream at Baskin Robbins isn't bad. Otherwise, the coconut gelato at Hollywood is great! THe only thing is that they don't always have it. Call first or trust your luck.

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                1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                  Thanks again (and to everyone else) for the great recommendations! Now, I'm going to find a a good banana fritter recipe to go with that coconut ice-cream!

                2. Is it real coconut ice cream? (made with fresh coconut milk like in the caribbean) or made with tin milk or coconut cream. I'm yet to find a place up here that makes it like they do in Trinidad. If you all find a place, I'd be forever grateful! (even the mighty Ed's makes his with the tinned stuff)

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                  1. re: currycue

                    I have never seen fresh coconut milk used in a commercial ice cream in Toronto.

                    1. re: embee

                      Boxes of coconut milk can be bought in Spadina Chinatown. Hardly fresh, but much preferable to the cans as they manage to avoid acquiring that aluminum taste that permeates the regular kind.

                      1. re: vorpal

                        That's good to know that coconut milk comes in boxes!! Would you tell me at which stores so I can go get some?

                        Thanks so much!

                        1. re: tyatt

                          I wish I could remember specifically, but I moved out of Toronto awhile ago and thus can't recall. I believe that the grocery store on the west side of Spadina north of Dundas that has a lot of fruit outside and then has stairs going down carries it, if I recall correctly. Check it out. Here in Ottawa, fortunately, almost all of the Asian grocers carry the boxed stuff.

                  2. I was at Xococava today.... they had a Coconut ice cream on the menu. Didn't try it.... but everything they do is outstanding.