Summer and Ice Cream go together like Kanye and a mirror; we can’t imagine one without the other. To that end, we’ve scoured the city and taste tested our way through the dairy culture to bring you the top digs to go for a scoop or swirl of the good stuff.

BANG BANG: 93A Ossington Avenue, Toronto

It’s all about the flavour flavour flavour at this ice cream outpost of the fabulous Bakerbots bakery. The choices are dizzying (40?) with London Fog, Cinnamon Toast and Ginger Milk topping our taste charts. All made in house, small batches with local ingredients (Sam James does the coffee for the coffee flavours – ’nuff said). With such strong baking chops behind them, the ice cream sandwiches are untouchable and had us licking our fingers, but do not overlook the artistry of the Hong Kong waffle cone. Just be prepared to line up…it’s that good.

 

 

ED’S REAL SCOOP: 2224 Queen Street East, Toronto (plus two other locations: 920 Queen East and 189 Roncesvales)

Be prepared for an all out sensory assault upon entry here. The smells, the sights and the sounds of ice cream, gelato and froyo connoisseurs lapping up flavours like carmelly custardy crème brûlée and blood orange gelato. The first topping is free (free?), and we love the suggestion box for new flavours. Always a lineup, but it moves fast and you’ll need the time in line to pick your treat.

 

 

SCOOP SHOP: 808 Dundas West, Toronto

Something for everyone here. Vegans can enjoy a cool treat in the form of coconut based sorbets, cashew milk flavours and fruity ice pops. For the rest of us, the Ontario Blueberry flavour was so fresh it had us looking for the Muskoka chairs and the lake. Everything is made on site from scratch in small batches with nothing artificial. Even the decor and pale hue of the flavours scream purity. And while we like our dairy in a cone, the affogato (hazelnut ice cream and expresso from Propellor Coffee) is a creamy caffeinated dream.

 

 

TOMS DAIRY FREEZE: 630 The Queensway, Etobicoke

We love the retro feel of this seasonal shop (complete with a walk up window) offering soft serve as smooth as Beyonce’s smile since 1969. Open till midnight for when those late night cravings hit, their chocolate dipped cones and English Toffee sundaes are our personal faves.

 

 

 

DUTCH DREAMS: 36 Vaughn Road, Toronto

Pimped out cones are the first thing you notice upon entering this Wonka-esque creamery. We love the homemade flavours (2.0 versions of what you find at the guys offering 31 flavours) like Bubble Gum and Medal Ribbon. And who doesn’t like life or cones topped off with a flourish of whip? More is much more here. The shakes are jumbo jumbo so bring an empty stomach and leave with lots of napkins.

 

 

 

 

MOMOFUKO MILK BAR: 190 University Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto

For those bankers in the financial district who are craving a cup, this is a great choice. The cereal milk soft serve, described as “the milk at the bottom of your bowl of cornflakes” has been known to appear on certain desks before noon. It’s a thesaurus-defying blend of soft serve, cereal, brown sugar and a pinch of salt that has us proudly wearing a milk moustache.