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May 12, 2011 04:33 PM

Ice Cream Highs 2011

Today at Bilboquet in Outremont had one I will remember for a long time --medium scoop of maple syrup ice cream with broad bands of tire/maple taffy throughout and in the bottom of sundae cup....deliciousssss! Have to bring family back to try this one especially since they love the tire in winter now can have a summery fix.

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  1. Unless it changed recently, the maple taffy ice cream used to be available only during maple season and a bit after until the remaining stocks were sold out, but not available all summer long

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    1. re: westaust

      if its time limited then i will have to go back soon, it was the maple syrup one i had that was with strips of taffy through it, they also had maple taffy but i didnt try that one, unless they had them wrongly labelled....

      1. re: westaust

        yes you were right i went back to bilboquet for my maple sryup tire ice cream and was told the season has finished, what a pity--but found a good substitute of vanilla and caramel

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        1. I was on a ice cream rush in the last couple of days, so I tried a couple of new places + Bilboquet.

          First, I tried the new place Les Givres, on St-Denis at the corner of Roy. They had a pretty big selection, and they were serving 'homemade' soft served ice cream (vanilla and strawberry sorbet were the flavours). They were out of 'pralinés' which was pretty dissapointing, but I ended up taking a caramel-ganache-vanilla flavour that was pretty good. They make a special point of making their own cones, although I honestly didn't think they tasted very different from a store bought one.

          Next, I went to Kem CoBa right next to Fairmount bagel. They had a very small selection (I'd say 10 flavours), but very eclectic. Some I noticed but didn't try were chinese green tea and 72% chocolate. I took the soft served mix of madagascar vanilla and passion fruit, which was very good. The cone was pretty good too, not sure if they are home made there? The amount of ice cream in the soft served was pretty small, but very tasty. The owner explained that he was working in collaboration with Havre des Glaces in making flavours, and that he was exploring the soft served side of things.

          Finally, went to Bilboquet on Bernard, as I had heard that it was starting to go downhill in the last couple of years. I had both the 'pralinés' and cookie dough ice cream that I had both never tried, and have to say they were both fantastic. Definitely didn't notice a drop in quality (at least versus my expectations) from the time I was going more often.

          I think it's exciting to see more ice cream shops opening that are not the run of the mill, popular brands prices, and it's also exciting to see some trying the home made soft served ice cream. From what I understood from both Les Givrés and Kem CoBa, they'll be changing their soft serve flavours pretty often, so this gives me a good reason to go there often!

          1311 Av Bernard, Outremont, QC H2V1W1, CA

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          1. re: NickinMtl

            It seems to me, at Les Givres for soft serve it's only vanilla flavour. The only variation is the different sorbet they mix with soft serve vanilla. At Kem CoBa, sort of the same concept(mixing soft serve with a sorbet flavour) but for soft serve they go beyond just vanilla flavour.

            1. re: BLM

              That seems to be the case so far for both, but they are both quite new, so we can hope they'll go further at some point and introduce new ice cream flavours in soft served too!

              1. re: NickinMtl

                I've checked out both establishments. The previous week at Kem CoBa, they had strawberry cheesecake soft-serve mix(cheesecake is soft ice cream, while strawberry is sorbet). From what I was told Kem CoBa will change soft serve flavours regularly.

            2. re: NickinMtl

              Had the chance to try more flavors from Les Givrés recently, and most of them were pretty good. Double chocolate was extremely good, Macap (vanilla with chunks of macarons) is ok and amandes caramélisées is awesome. They seem to change flavors of soft-serve pretty often, but never got to try it as it was either out of it or their flavor mix wasn't appealing to me. They seem to make some pretty interesting frozen cakes too, I'll try some soon.

              Unrelated, I had the chance to try the Dulce de Leche from Havre des Glaces last week, and it is one of the best ice cream I ever ate.

            3. i haven't been but in the old mr sub location at st-catherines and bishop is a new yeh style joint except it appears to be soft serve and not frozen yogurt - at least there's no mention of yogurt on their signage.

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              1. re: celfie

                Went by there for quick visit last week. It seems to be frozen yogurt(like Yeh!).

                1. re: BLM

                  was it any good?

                  all i can say is what were they thinking...

                  1. re: celfie

                    Just a look. I didn't try anything(I was already full).

                2. re: celfie

                  They have the oddest name though... Fruzishling...

                  I just know that when they close, their counter lights up different colors.. looks nice.

                  The owner of the "mini-market" next to it purchased the mr.sub location so they're the same owner I assume.

                  1. re: daviiiiiid

                    Walked into Festin de Babette for the first time last weekend, enticed by the sidewalk sign advertising artisanal soft-serve and recalling general good reviews on Chow and it all looked promising were it not for the chaotic and snooty service. When I asked the gentleman behind the counter -who seemed to be in charge judging by him being also rude to a young lady manning the ice cream scoop- what the flavor Vanilla Massala is I was answered "Vanilla with spices". Hm, NEXT!

                    We walked out of there and by chance came upon Les Givres. We both had a vanilla soft serve in a cone. The ice cream was good but their sizing is ridiculous! My husband ordered the biggest thing they had and it barely equaled a DQ small. I ordered the small and it looked like a golf ball in a cone. Fine if you want a Havre/Bilboquet scoop but not a soft serve. I'm all for quality over quantity but it was laughable.

                    Also as mentioned the home-made cone tasted just like any other. I find it funny that MTL can't get ice cream right in general. These new ghetto Fruzi Yeh places are janky to say the least, why bother?

                3. i like ice cream at ripples, which is on st. laurent just a few steps away from schwartz. they have ginger ice cream which is amazing. they even have a cumin or curry flavor. forget which one specifically but they have really cool creations and i think its all home made.

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