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Moo Milk Bar

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on August 15, 2012

moo milk bar torontoMoo Milk Bar is a "milk n' cookies" type bake shop — quite literally. This new Beaches spot touts flavoured milks and homemade cookies as its main sell, with an unabashed focus on bringing food back to basics.

moo milk bar torontoThe woman behind the shop is Danielle Oron, who is perched behind the barn board bar when I stop by. Poised to whip up a batch of ice cream for her homemade ice cream sandwiches ($3.00), Danielle sets her equipment aside and we get to chatting about her experience in the industry.

moo milk bar toronto"I used to be a chef in New York," Danielle says, adding that she moved to Toronto after marrying her husband about one year ago. A New York native, Danielle studied at the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Institute), before moving on to work at various city restaurants.

But when Danielle moved to Toronto, she wanted to leave French cuisine behind. "In this industry," she says, "it often seems like everyone's trying to outdo the next person; trying to make things more complicated."

"I wanted to bring it back to basics," she continues. "And how can you get more basic than milk and cookies?"

moo milk bar torontoMoo Milk Bar's cookies come in classic varieties such as chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin, as well as Danielle's own creations, including brown sugar toffee, her "party" cookie (a sugar cookie with chocolate sprinkles), and the "cowgirl" cookie made with "a little bit of everything."

"There are chocolate chips, toffee, pretzels, espresso — pretty much whatever is around here," Danielle says. The cookies can be enjoyed on their own ($2 each, or six for $10) or paired with one of Moo Milk Bar's naturally flavoured milks ($3.50, or a cookie and milk together for $5).

moo milk bar torontoThe milks come in flavours such as banana chocolate, banana, strawberry, "Bottom of the Bowl," and vanilla, made using ingredients such as actual fruits, Dutch cocoa powder, and in the case of Bottom of the Bowl, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. All flavours are available in both 2% and almond milk.

moo milk bar torontoI sample a few of the cookies and am blown away, especially by the white chocolate macadamia nut (full disclosure: it's my favourite cookie, and far too rarely produced). The cookie has a soft, chewy texture, big chunks of white chocolate, and best of all — whole nuts. For that reason it's quite substantial, and leaves me wanting nothing more than something cold and fresh to wash it down.

moo milk bar torontoI wash it down with some banana chocolate milk. I anticipate a texture similar to that of a milkshake, but this drink is very much a "milk" — a good thing, too, after tackling a chunky cookie. The flavour is pronounced, but not overpowering with seemingly little more sweetness than regular milk. In terms of dunking, you can either request one of Moo's wide-rimmed mugs, or else tap into your patience reserve and wait until you get home (which probably makes the most sense, since Moo Milk Bar does not have seating).

moo milk bar torontoAs mentioned, the shop also offers homemade ice cream sandwiches, as well as freshly pressed lemonade and espresso drinks. Danielle also bakes specialty cakes for birthdays and weddings, using skills honed at Bonnie Gordon College. But for that often-needed taste of nostalgia, it's milk and cookies all the way.

moo milk bar torontoPhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

34 Comments

naw / August 15, 2012 at 09:36 am
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How about Boo Milk.

Amma right!
crumbcake / August 15, 2012 at 10:38 am
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Mo[m]o[fuku] Milk Bar
Les / August 15, 2012 at 11:16 am
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Visited Moo Milk Bar this past Sunday and was blown away at how great the cookies and chocolate milk were. Plus, the couple running the place were very friendly and informative. They ran out of ice cream sandwiches and offered a free one to my husband the next time we stop by. A great addition to the beach!
sprite / August 15, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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This place looks great, but all I could think about while reading was droogs and 'milk-plus' haha. I really want to check it out though, you had me at 'banana chocolate milk'
Amy replying to a comment from crumbcake / August 15, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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My thoughts exactly...
Audrey / August 15, 2012 at 06:55 pm
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The ice cream sandwiches are to die for. Also had the banana milk to go - can't wait to go back again for more. The owners are very welcoming and friendly - also loved the decor.
Cale / August 15, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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That ice cream sandwich looks delicious, must try it!
Glen / August 16, 2012 at 01:00 pm
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The cookies are to die for and the milk, along with their retro style bottles are a staple. Great that they offer cups for customers wanting to indulge by dunking their tasty treats. It’s that attention to detail that will have customers coming back for moo. #tbj
TaraW / August 16, 2012 at 02:43 pm
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Yum
JonoHimself / August 17, 2012 at 04:21 am
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There always seems to be someone standing out front of this place - now I know why. I thought it was some marketing gimmick but after looking at those photos I will have to check it out soon for sure.
starksmiddlefinger / August 17, 2012 at 09:37 am
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The Basketball Jones Rules!

Wait... Tas got married???
Fred McPiff / August 19, 2012 at 05:54 pm
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Cool story, bro.
Thetraveler / August 19, 2012 at 06:07 pm
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Wow. Amazing story.
Probably should go more like this:

Loved momofuku milk bar
Bought their recipe book
Try to change it up, but not creative enough to actually change anything
Open Moo Milk Bar

Sad.
Josh / August 20, 2012 at 01:09 am
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I have to agree w/ thetraveler. An amateur knock-off of Momofuku Milk Bar. I smell a lawsuit!
Scott / August 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
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Checked it on on the weekend. Tried 3 different cookies and an ice cream sandwich. All seriously good. The proprietors are super nice as well. Will definitely drop in when I'm in that neighbourhood again.
Spanky replying to a comment from Josh / August 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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Omgwad guys, I totally saw a coffee shop in California in 1963. What's up with this Tim Horton's knock off? I smell a lawsuit!
Malcolm / August 23, 2012 at 12:10 am
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Really cute setup in a location that suits it. The offspring and I 'tested' several cookies and an ice cream sandwich... fantastic, even (especially?!) the Oatmeal Raisin :)

As far as I know it's the first of it's kind in Toronto. Kinda glad that this world has more than one Italian restaurant, Coffee shop, Athletic footwear store, etc etc
Andrea / August 27, 2012 at 05:53 pm
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TO! DIE! FOR!

THE BEST COOKIE EVER! I do not apologise for the CAPS. Yes, I am shouting. Moo Milk Bar's Oatmeal Raisin cookie is beyond compare.
nc / October 1, 2012 at 08:34 am
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BEST COOKIES EVER!!!!! SERIOUSLY!
KR / November 23, 2012 at 07:01 pm
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Went last sunday and the cookies and milk are AMAZEBALLS. Recommended the vanilla bean milk and cowgirl cookies!
dkbg / January 4, 2013 at 11:34 am
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Guess what you "momofuku milk bar" losers - the world is allowed MORE THAN ONE milk bar. Especially considering all those others are in NYC. It's not like she's "ripping off" something in our own backyard. I know that's a difficult concept to grasp but try. Thanks for coming out though.
at replying to a comment from dkbg / January 4, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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dkbg, I don't think you get it. These commenters have been to NYC. They know about a restaurant there, hence they are awesome. We should all bow down to their formidable super coolness.

Moo's cookies are delicious, go there, eat them. I'm partial to the Cowgirl cookies...the little bit of salty with the sweet rocks.

Alternatively, Porter is probably having a seat sale soon, so you purists in the crowd, who feel like heading to NYC for your next cookie craving, by all means...although I'd recommend Momofuku's Crack Pie instead.
Robert and Maritza Mier / January 4, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Visited this place on a recent trip to Toronto best cookies and milk we've ever had. Great place!
Joel / January 5, 2013 at 02:41 pm
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I am cow hear me moo
Alex / January 5, 2013 at 02:55 pm
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Wait...you're married? Congratulations!
Bartlett / January 5, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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This is la lame. I don't usually judge a store without ever have been in - but I have no desire to try a place that's try hard to ride someone else's wave. Moo milk bar, really? And bottom of the bowl? If thats not staight up copying momofuku's cereal milk i dont know what is.

Toronto needs to find its own identity and stop trying to be New York. Argh.
Jenny / January 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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They have almond milk but do they have any vegan cookies? Seems odd if they offer a dairy free milk and nothing else.. The review seemed to imply all the cookies were standard issue. Kind of a bummer.

Also to the people saying this is a ripoff, quit your purist bellyaching. More than one person can have the same idea, all on their own. Additionally, I am sure when the NYC place opened 10 people who thought try were hip knew of a place that did the same thing. Relax. Deep breaths. Do you own stock? Are you being financially hurt by this "rip off?" I am sure all of you must never support anyone who doesn't get inspired purely from thin air, or get their skills from personal trial and error. Education? Culinary school? They're just taking someone else's skills and making cookies! How dare anyone do anything at all!
BillyO / February 13, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Been here a few times, great milk and cookies, ice cream sandwiches (available in warmer months) and friendly service too! What's not to like. Hope they open a west end location at some point.
Lame Blame replying to a comment from Bartlett / March 9, 2013 at 02:01 pm
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Totally agree Barlett. I remember having a pizza in Little Italy this past summer but all I could remember was having homemade pizza at my grandma's 30 years ago. Can these restaurants not come up with their own ideas! (Sarcasm - YES)
eh realllllllllly? / April 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm
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such a rip off from momofuku....people aren't original at all anymore


super lame
Jenny / May 23, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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I haven't even been here but I'm looking forward to trying. People should stop hating on Moo Milk Bar for taking a concept in NYC and bringing it home. That's part of being business savvy - recognizing a good concept and taking it somewhere that isn't saturated already. I'm sure the owner is perfectly aware that she copied Momofuko and is laughing all the way to the bank. ARE YOU?
hali / August 29, 2013 at 06:08 pm
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okay. i do not live in toronto. i have never been here. i have never been to momofuku milkbar. however, i do own and have read their recently released cookbook cover to cover. the reason why this is infuriating isn't because someone borrowed a concept. that's cool. that's how business work. the part that kills me is that it is so obviously an EXACT copy of what christina tossi worked for YEARS to develop and build using her blood, sweat and tears. the business owner didn't even make an attempt to come up with her own original store NAME let alone her own recipes. after reading the cook book it's obviously that all of tossi's recipes are rooted in her personal and childhood experiences which allowed her to invent some seriously creative concepts. this is not only a case of copying someone's concept. the menu is EXACTLY the same. thinking consumers are stupid enough not to notice that "cowgirl cookies" are tossi's compost cookies and that "bottom of the bowl milk" is cereal milk has obviously worked for this business owner judging by the number of ignorant comments on this thread.
J / January 18, 2014 at 11:33 am
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I don't care about anything people say on here about moo milk bar it has the best Service and great menus have never had anything bad from here and proud to say that I've had cookies to the ice cream sandwiches to the milks everything is great
J / April 27, 2014 at 12:36 am
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Momofuku milk bar is alright. Not sure what all the hype is about at the To locale. I'd much rather go to Moo for a fresh cookie rather than to momofuku for a cookie that comes out of a walk in fridge. I'm just saying. Haters gonna hate.... They can keep their momofuku fridge cookies. I'll have the fresh ones with a tall glass of banana milk please.

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