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106 John Street / 780 Queen Street East
Possibly the most photographed ice cream Toronto has seen, and now with 2 locations, Sweet Jesus offers crazy dipped soft serve cones alongside their own signature brew of espresso. The “Pimped Out Cone” options include the S’more, Rocky Road Rage, Red Rapture and Krusty the Cone, to name a few, which feature their vanilla, chocolate and strawberry rhubarb soft serve adorned with toppings including cotton candy, marshmallows and red velvet cake. If ice cream isn’t your thing, give their churros or paletas (Mexican popicles) a try.
36 Vaughan Road
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This Bathurst & St.Clair neighbourhood staple, is a family run ice cream café that has been satisfying sweet teeth since the 80s. True to it’s name, this Dutch style shop boasts nearly 80 flavours of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbert. Enjoy your choice drool worthy flavours including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pina Colada, Rum and Raisin (to name a few) as a Royal Dutch Banana Split, Super Royal Dutch Baked Alaska or on a homemade waffle cone with our choice of toppings from fresh fruit to Oreo Cookie Crumble. Yum!
808 Dundas Street W.
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As you walk past this shop, you often catch an irresistible waft of fresh cookies spilling out the front door. Any lapse in your self-control and you will find yourself inside this classic ice cream shop. With a rotation of 10-12 small batch, made from scratch flavours available as sundaes, in waffle cones or their signature ice cream sandwiches, there is plenty of variety for anyone craving a sweet treat. Mouth-watering flavours include Malted Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake and Ontario Strawberry. And for all the vegans, there is always a few delicious vegan options available too.
GREG’S ICE CREAM
750 Spadina Avenue / Distillery District
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Self-proclaimed as the “Happiest Ice Cream in the World”, this café has been a summer favourite in Toronto for nearly three decades. With the original location on Spadina and another location which opened in early 2012 in the Distillery District, Greg Mahon’s all-natural homemade recipe is well-known and craved by Torontonian taste buds but it is often Greg himself that keep customers coming back for more.
Bang Bang Icecream
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With premium ice cream with names that could rival MAC’s newest lipstick shade, Bang Bang offers mouth-watering combinations of your favourite frozen treat complemented by delicious baked treats. Choose from 7 cookies types including Gingerrrrr and RoCocoa, a puff pastry or the Bang Bang cone to house one of their delicious ice cream options. Thank You Very Matcha, The Bee’s Knees, Love Oolong Time and Sanagans Double Smoked Bourbon Bacon are among the 40+ premium ice cream choices.
Several locations in the GTA – Visit Menchies.ca to find a location close to you
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So not technically ‘ice cream’ but delicious just the same, this frozen yogurt franchise offers a wide variety of flavours and toppings to make sure your dessert is perfectly made just for you, by you. The self-serve frozen yogurt bar has a rotation of flavours including cake batter, caramel chocolate explosion, juicy watermelon sorbet and Nutella which you can fill your cup as much or as little as you please. Once you’ve selected your frozen treat, load up on toppings from fresh fruit, cheese cake and skor bits to nanimo bar bits and cookie dough crumble.