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Best East End Ice Cream (barring Ed's or Kawartha Dairy resellers)

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lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 07:24 AM

I am dreaming of delicious ice cream and am having a hard time getting my fix in the east end of Toronto. Other than Ed's Real Scoop in Leslieville or the Beach, everyone else seems to be doling out Kawartha Dairy ice cream these days and it isn't so great.

Any suggestions?

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    slow_eater RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 08:33 AM

    Can't comment on quality, but there's the place that's formerly named St Clair ice cream on Danforth, between Main and Victoria Park.

    (Google maps shows them being called Maple Leaf Dairy now)

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      lucywinchester RE: slow_eater Aug 1, 2013 08:58 AM

      Hmmm.. yes I tried that place a few years ago. I was tempted by the promise of enormous scoops. And they were! Sadly the ice cream was sub-par.

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        mariecollins RE: lucywinchester Aug 2, 2013 05:47 AM

        Perhaps try some other flavours. I had one scoop ginger and one scoop coconut last time. Yum.

        Quattro 4 Ragazze does ice cream I think. Maybe only gelato.

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          Googs RE: lucywinchester Aug 2, 2013 08:36 AM

          If the St Clair ice cream is now Maple Leaf Dairy AND Film Buff is serving Maple Leaf Dairy, perhaps it's time you did a new tasting.

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            lucywinchester RE: Googs Aug 2, 2013 08:42 AM

            Noted! I will go this weekend - it is actually in my neck of the woods.

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        Michael N RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 09:58 AM

        I don't know for certain, but I doubt you'll have much luck with this thread, sadly. There's only a small handful of ice cream shops in the city that actually bother to make their own ice cream. Most just serve Kawartha or Nestle. Gelato seems to be slightly more popular, but even that isn't particularly abundant. I guess it's tough to make a go of it when the weather is so awful eight months of the year. I know when I go for ice cream in the winter it's usually a ghost town.

        1. Googs RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 10:46 AM

          How far east are we talking here? Don River or Rouge River?

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            lucywinchester RE: Googs Aug 1, 2013 11:57 AM

            Let's go with east to Victoria Park, the gateway to Scarborough.

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            currycue RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 10:53 AM

            I was going to suggest giving the new Gelato Pizza a try, but then again, I'd never rule out Ed's. I think he deserves all the business he can handle.

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              justsayn RE: currycue Aug 1, 2013 11:14 AM

              From what I saw looking quickly a few months ago, Gelato Pizza only carries Gelato. Didn't see any ice cream there.

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              millygirl RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 11:28 AM

              Try the Film Buff on Queen St East. It's a video rental store and they sell ice cream on the side.

              Not sure what brand it is - funny I never thought to ask - but it's very good. I must ask next time.

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                lucywinchester RE: millygirl Aug 1, 2013 11:59 AM

                I forgot about the Film Buff. Yes, I don't know which brand they sell either...

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                  Full tummy RE: lucywinchester Aug 1, 2013 03:59 PM

                  Apparently Maple Valley Creamery: http://www.maplevalleycreamery.com/

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                    lucywinchester RE: Full tummy Aug 1, 2013 04:58 PM

                    Aha - I will have to go back to refresh my memory as it sounds delicious.

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                      julesrules RE: Full tummy Aug 1, 2013 07:50 PM

                      I thought there were import laws around ice cream (ie/ the reason why HD and BR both have to have Canadian factories. Not trying to nitpick but was wondering how I had never heard of Maple Valley and their ice cream - looks like it's from Massacheusets.

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                        Full tummy RE: julesrules Aug 1, 2013 10:43 PM

                        Hahaha! I called. They said "Maple." I searched. I found. Must be the wrong Maple. Could they mean Maple Leaf Dairy? http://m.yelp.ca/biz/maple-leaf-dairy...

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                          justsayn RE: Full tummy Aug 1, 2013 11:53 PM

                          I have heard of Maypole. Maybe that was the brand?

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                            Michael N RE: justsayn Aug 2, 2013 05:50 AM

                            You guys realize that Google is a thing that exists, right? It's Maple Leaf Dairy.

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                              justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 05:55 AM

                              Hadn't heard of Google but there is such a thing as Maypole and maybe that's what the person said rather than Maple? I checked out this Google thing you speak of but it doesn't seem to know which word the person said to Full Tummy. Maybe I'm using it wrong?

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                                Michael N RE: justsayn Aug 2, 2013 06:01 AM

                                Google doesn't transcribe private conversations yet, but given what's been going on in the States, I'm sure they'll get there eventually. ;)

                                If you Google "film buff toronto ice cream", the fact that they use Maple Leaf Dairy comes up in the first page of results.

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                                  justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 06:03 AM

                                  I do look forward to the day! ;-)

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                                    justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 06:11 AM

                                    Actually Full Tummy went one step better than googling if you ask me (because I wish more people on CH would do what FT did) FT called them and asked. Because they gave her one word and not the whole name, there was uncertainty. Nothing wrong with picking up the phone to get info.

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                                      justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 06:18 AM

                                      Speaking of Google, I took your challenge and guess what. Read the testimonials. maypole.ca/parlours.php

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                                        Michael N RE: justsayn Aug 2, 2013 06:27 AM

                                        Well, there you go. Serves me right for believing anything written by a commenter on blogto.

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                                          justsayn RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 06:45 AM

                                          lol. that's for sure! ;-)

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                                            millygirl RE: justsayn Aug 2, 2013 07:04 AM

                                            Funny it never even crossed my mind to find out who the producer was. I just knew it was good and enjoyed it from time to time. But thanks for solving the question.

                                            If you go, I'll be interested to hear what others think about it.

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                                        lucywinchester RE: Michael N Aug 2, 2013 08:17 AM

                                        You are right! I haven't been to Maple Leaf Dairy - last time I went it was still called St. Clair so I will have to see if anything has changed, in terms of quality since then.

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                                          justsayn RE: lucywinchester Aug 2, 2013 12:33 PM

                                          According to their site, Film Buff carries Maypole Ice Cream, not Maple Leaf Dairy. maypole.ca/parlours.php

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                                            Full tummy RE: justsayn Aug 2, 2013 07:29 PM

                                            Thanks justsayn. I definitely didn't hear "Maypole", but I'm glad we know what it is now.

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                        lucywinchester RE: lucywinchester Aug 6, 2013 06:55 AM

                        Update: I tried the ice cream at Film Buff in Leslieville this past weekend. It was pretty good, actually. Better than the Kawartha Dairy I have had at Carter's near Woodbine and Danforth, but of course not as good as the really good stuff to be had in Toronto: Ed's and Greg's. I tried the Cookie Dough, Caramel Edition and the Espresso. I wanted to try the Pralines and Cow but they had run out!

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                          mariecollins RE: lucywinchester Aug 7, 2013 06:57 AM

                          And it was Maypole or Mapleleaf? (Sorry, got confused within the threads).

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                            justsayn RE: mariecollins Aug 7, 2013 07:04 AM

                            According to the website, it is Maypole. I have not actually been there.

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                              lucywinchester RE: mariecollins Aug 7, 2013 12:42 PM

                              And yes it is Maypole.

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                              millygirl RE: lucywinchester Aug 7, 2013 10:14 AM

                              You sound surprised lucywinchester.

                              Ha Ha anyways glad you liked it.

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                                lucywinchester RE: millygirl Aug 7, 2013 10:33 AM

                                I was! The older I get, the less tolerance I have for air-filled and/or mediocre ice cream - and there is so much of that around. This was good and I will definitely go back for more!

                            3. justxpete RE: lucywinchester Aug 6, 2013 09:52 PM

                              Looks like they're opening up a Kawartha Dairy in Liberty village? I'm assuming the resellers just sell the 1litre tubs and what not - as this one looks like an actual store front with 20 flavours or so. It's off East liberty street. I've seen no signage out front for Kawartha Dairy, but the labels on the display were all Kawartha...but maybe it's just another 'outpost'?

                              In any case, I'll look again tomorrow and see if I can get further details.

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                                justxpete RE: justxpete Aug 7, 2013 06:51 PM

                                So, not a Kawartha Dairy per se. They do however have 28 flavours, and they're open now. They also have 20 or so flavours by the tub. I had the chocolate today. Thought it was pretty good.

                              2. thought_for_food RE: lucywinchester Aug 11, 2013 08:31 PM

                                How about La Cigogne at Danforth and Monarch Park? I've liked all their flavours, but banana was especially - and surprisingly - delicious.

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                                  lucywinchester RE: thought_for_food Aug 12, 2013 12:30 PM

                                  Patisserie La Cigogne sells ice cream?

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