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Mar 4, 2010 02:21 PM

Blood Orange sorbet available!

I just picked up a couple 500ml containers from Gelato Fresco at their office location. Get them while they last! It was a special request as they normally only produce them in large 4.5L containers. $7 for the blood orange. They also have a clearance bin of various flavours going for $3. Lots of interesting stuff ranging from candied ginger to saffron!!

The address is 60 Tycos. They don't have an actual store. Just go into the office and ask them.

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  1. That sounds amazing, thanks for the tip! They make the best ice cream. I used to be able to buy it almost anywhere, now I have to hunt for it.

    1. I've never been to the office location. Do you know what sort of hours they keep (are weekends an option)? I tried digging about on the web site but I couldn't find any information. Blood orange sorbet sounds great.

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Here are the address and phone number. My understanding is that they are open "regular office hours". So Mon - Fri, 9 - 5 (or thereabouts). Closed on weekends.

        60 Tycos Dr, Toronto, ON‎ - (416) 785-5415

        1. re: TorontoJo

          OK, just got back from there. They are open Mon - Thur, 9 - 4:30 and Friday 9 - 4. Mind you, she said "about" 4:30 and "about" 4. So if you want to be sure, I wouldn't try showing up at 4:25.

          I picked up 2 containers of blood orange and 1 container of buttermilk praline from their clearance fridge (only $3!).

          The woman working told me that they will have blood orange for a little while, but if you want to be sure, to call ahead and check.

          For those that haven't been there before, there is no sign outside that says "Gelato Fresco", so you have to just go by the address. The paintings of ice cream sundaes on the outside does help give it away, though. :)

          The best part of the location is that it makes it easy to make a pit stop at Columbus bakery and pick up some Columbian goodies!

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Thanks TJO (and for the bakery reference)... sounds like fun excursion!

            1. re: Rabbit

              I'm particularly addicted to the carimaniola -- cassava fritters filled with minced beef. Ask for some of the hot sauce they have in little plastic containers. And anything with arequipe in the name is pretty much guaranteed yummy (arequipe = dulce de leche). Even their version of churros are filled with it.

            2. re: TorontoJo

              Yeah, ok, just tried this stuff. It really is damn good. It has a bitter edge that reminds me more of grapefruit than orange (which is a very, very good thing in my book). Great texture, right out of the freezer, I assume due to the various additives that keep it from freezing rock hard and icy. Love it. Thanks to estufarian and others for touting it and encouraging Gelato Fresco to sell it in smaller containers.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                I`m guessing the texture is due to the low water content. They claim 80% fruit on their site. However I don`t know how that would work with the blood orange. You`re right, it does have a slight tinge of grapefruit to it.

                1. re: sbug206

                  Yeah, likely the low water content helps, but I'm guessing the carob gum, guar gum, sodium alginate and agar listed on the label also help the textural issue.

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    Sounds like some additives in the sorbet which makes me want to avoid this product. Ciao Bella has simple natural ingredients in most of their sorbets.

                    1. re: callitasicit

                      Oh please. Just because you don't understand the ingredients doesn't make it unnatural. Just google those "additives" and you'll find they're just as natural as anything else.

                      1. re: sbug206

                        You're right. My statement was a rash one, I stand corrected.

                        1. re: sbug206

                          Yes, just as natural as anything I prepare at home. I buy carob gum, guar gum, sodium alginate and agar in 5kg bags for use in all my cooking.


                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            You do if you're into molecular gastronomy. Sodium alginate is used to create those gel spheres.

                          2. re: sbug206

                            Yep, absolutely. And the primary ingredients on the label are still just blood orange juice, water and sugar. The other items are added in small amounts as stabilizers and textural enhancers. They help to avoid the "hard as a rock and icy" scenario.

                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              I picked some up last week from the place on Tycos. I agree that the flavour is excellent. We're blood orange nuts. Evidence of that is the 25 pounds we carried back with us from California last week. That's not including all the grapefruits and meyer lemons we picked right off the trees and brought home with us too.

                              The blood oranges we get from the farmers market in San Diego are different than the ones in the supermarket here. Much better flavour and tartness mixed with the sweetness.

                              After reading the ingredient list on the gelato, I figured that while those additives are not "unnatural", what do I need them for? I would be perfectly happy with a product that wasn't as smooth, was a bit more icy, but didn't contain any junk that there is absolutely no need for.

                              1. re: acd123

                                Please don’t take this as a criticism of your post – I’m attempting to place this product in a wider context – you’re obviously Blood Orange enthusiasts (although I’ve never been able to bring fruit across the border – even had Canadian fruit from Niagara confiscated as I accidentally took it across the border to US and returned with it – but then I think I’m on a watch list, since I challenged Canadian Customs/Agriculture over 125gm of Italian butter I was importing for personal use, which was confiscated because of Foot & Mouth disease risk – Italy has NEVER had a case of that disease. Most recently I was pulled over for not declaring chocolate as a dairy product! Rant over.).

                                This Gelato Fresco product is essentially a wholesale (mainly restaurant and catering) line where we were fortunate enough to have part of the batch production (from fruit, not concentrate or juice) diverted into smaller packages. As such, its usual destination would be for desserts in upscale restaurants. In those, I assume most people want a scoop (or similar) serving (or 2 or 3), so it is essential to have that consistency. I don’t see/hear too many requests for “I’ll have a cube of the blood orange ice, please”. And, of course, health regulations (almost obsessively) decree what additives are allowed.

                                If there were a market for ‘premium popsicles’ then I can see the logic/need for fewer additives – but the only place (so far) in North America that I’ve encountered such a product was in Nashville – and I tried as many of those as I could find – and IIRC wrote it up on Chowhound a few years back.

                                Other than at home (and there I’ve given up on sorbets – just too difficult to get the texture right), can you think of any retail outlet in Toronto (region) where a ‘quality’ product can be obtained (legally) without some ‘adjusting’ chemicals (I’m assuming benign)? I used to find an Italian lemon ice on St Clair (long gone) but haven’t found anything recently. When Il Gelatiere first opened, I thought their products seemed genuine, but I haven’t found that to be the situation for over a year now (I’m guessing fruit concentrate for their sorbets – although a single grapefruit I had last month was superb – regrettably the lemon I tried at the same time was clearly concentrate – and for comparison, those two scoops cost MORE than I paid for the 500ml package of Gelato Fresco Blood Orange). It’s hard enough to find ice cream made with cream (although it does exist) – most commercial products are made with ‘milk solids’.

                                1. re: estufarian

                                  Good post. I get your points. We really liked the product.

                                  By the way, the rule from fruit importation for personal use is as follows. As long as a fruit or vegetable can't physically be grown in Canada (e.g. oranges, grapefruits, lemons, kiwi fruit, lychees, mangos, etc. etc.), you can bring back as much as you want with impunity.

                                  If Air Canada/United didn't have such strict weight limits on baggage, I would have picked much more and brought it back to TO. California's citrus crop was great this yeat and the trees were overflowing.

                                  1. re: acd123

                                    Thanks - I also read the rules - but you can't argue with the 'man at Customs' - even if you're right, you'll live (optimistically) to regret it. My problems stemmed from quoting the rule. They don't like smart axes.

            3. Hotel Gelato on Eglinton W also has blood orange sorbet and sometimes soy blood orange sorbet. I've tasted the soy version and found it to be fab. You can eat in or they will pack it to go.

              1. When I saw the heading for this post, I was hoping that the blood orange gelato was at Hollywood; my favorite place for Blood Orange Gelato (with a scoop of chocolate beside it; the perfect combo). Does anyone know if it is there now?

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                1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                  When I called Hollywood a couple of weeks ago, they said they would have blood orange in a couple of weeks for their "flash back" day (or something to that effect). It's a day when they will charge the same prices they did when they first opened. Not exactly sure when that is going to be, but probably soon. I'd give them a call. She also told me they would have pear (one of my favourites).

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    Oops, just did a quick search and found their facebook page:


                    Looks like the flash back day was this past weekend. $1/scoop! I bet they were jam packed, especially with the beautiful weather.

                2. Just had some delicious blood orange sorbet from Ed's in Leslieville.