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Ed's Real Scoop

Posted by Elizabeth / Reviewed on May 30, 2010 / review policy

Ed's Real ScoopEd's Real Scoop in the Beaches smells like what I would imagine heaven would, something like warm marshmallow and melted butter with a bit of cinnamon. I was lured in from the street by this, and the promise of hand made ice cream in flavours that brought out the kid in me.

Ed's Real ScoopAt 2pm on a hot weekend afternoon the store was jam packed with a lineup almost out the door and standing in it, I heard the same excited murmers by adults trying to keep their composure as they approached the cooler and rattled off the flavours. At Ed's you could go for something standard like plain old chocolate (made with Belgian Callebaut chocolate) but you don't want to miss out on some of the unique seasonal offerings, like Ginger or Blueberry Pie.

Ed's Real ScoopEd's has been the go-to place for ice cream in the Beach for 10 years, and has a second shop in Leslieville. Inspired by his mom's homemade candy, Ed's products are simple, and honest. The taste doesn't whack you on the head with over the top sweetness or lab created flavours, my Creme Brulee ($3.71 for a regular) was subtle and custardy with hints of caramelized sugar - pretty much an ice cold version of the real deal. My companions Burnt Marshmallow was similar in that it wasn't insanely sweet as you might expect, and had a nice balance. Do you ever eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal just to drink the milk at the bottom of the bowl like I do? That's pretty much what you're getting with the Cinnamon flavour. Do not even think about missing out on that one, trust me.

Ed's Real ScoopSince everything is made in the store, and given the high volume of customers I can assume almost daily, the ice cream is not only expertly flavoured but it lacks that nasty freezer burned texture that you might get in lesser ice cream shops. The friendly and youthful staff know how to pack a cone right down to the very tip.

Ed's Real ScoopIf you're not in the mood for a cone, there is also Gelato, homemade chocolates and candy, sundaes, floats and milkshakes. Vegans can enjoy the sorbets and dark chocolates and prices are reasonable across the board. I regret riding my bike from the west end, only because I realized I couldn't take advantage of the to-go pints ($7).

Ed's Real ScoopEd's is open year round, Sunday-Thursday 11:30-9:30 and Friday-Saturday 11:30-10:00. Check out the website for up to date new flavours.Ed's Real Scoop



Frapanese / December 7, 2008 at 01:22 pm
If you've dreamt about the best ice cream flavor ever, you can put it in Ed's flavor creator box and come back the next week and see if they created it or he might call you and hire you.
Emily / May 28, 2010 at 10:58 am
I LOVE this place. Absolutely the best place to get ice cream in the beaches--possibly the world.

There is a second location at Carlaw and Queen aswell.
Ryan L. / May 31, 2010 at 01:22 pm
I remember thinking that Greg's Ice Cream was easily the best in Toronto until I tried Ed's. I have to say, Eds is hands down the best. Saturday night I was going to see a movie and didn't have time for dinner and having Ed's for dessert before the movie started, so I didn't bother having dinner, just a Waffle cone of Piña Colada ice cream.

And they use the very best ingredients. Their cherry gellato is made with <b>Fabbri amarena cherries</b> and are somehow still reasonably priced.
Steph / May 31, 2010 at 01:52 pm
I just checked out Ed's for the first time yesterday in the scorching hot weather... the line was going out the door but service was fast and super friendly! Their ice cream is perfect because it isn't too sweet and doesn't leave that really annoying thirstiness you get with other places. I had the cinnamon (the best, hands down) and apple caramel! Remember you can get half scoops so try as many flavours as possible.
Roy / June 7, 2010 at 05:38 pm
Best Ice Cream in Toronto... hands down. I love all of the amazing flavors. The Leslieville location is outstanding as well. Always busy because it's popular but the line moves fast. Service is always friendly. A++++++
Max / June 7, 2010 at 07:51 pm
Ed's has been in my black book for years. I'm glad that people are really getting out and using the second location as well.

Try the pie ice-creams. Or the cheese cakes ones. They make two pies and then mash it into the bucket you see in the freezer (they have a baker on staff who makes the pies and cakes they mash in!). TWO PIES PER BUCKET?!?! How could anyone ever beat that ever ever?
V / August 4, 2010 at 08:45 pm
Ed's Real Scoop is by far the best ice-cream place in Toronto. The staff is friendly, you can ask to try every flavour in the store.

I've bought most of their flavours and I can say I have yet to hate one. The ice cream, gelato and yoghurt are fabulous. The best part is buying the pints for home; the price of haagendazs but so much better, and all natural ingredients.

You can tell there's love going into this ice-cream.

The only thing they could improve is getting more yoghurt flavours.

Crystal / June 29, 2011 at 10:13 am
Pumpkin Pie flavour!!! Best ever anywhere.
stouffville snow shovelling / July 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm
Why is this number one and everyone says such good things but then it only has a rating of 3.1?
Pamela / June 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Pumpkin flavour is great at thanksgiving. I wish they wouldn't have discussed the burnt marshmallow so much - that is my fave and I don't want y'all eating it on me!
Lisa / May 27, 2015 at 03:21 pm
Love the banana split flavor...but have had many others and they are all amazing. I live in the hood and would go there for a cone every night if I could! Awesome place and the people working there are great!
Yassmine / June 8, 2015 at 08:00 pm
Hi. I won't comment on the ice cream because it's delicious and amazing like everyone said. however the service is horrible on a not busy day. especially after 7pm. the workers are rude, no smile, treated me really bad lying that they didnt see me standing there waiting for my turn, etc. also, the hygiene of the people working there is questionable because they do not use gloves.
Joe / July 2, 2015 at 02:37 pm
Hands down favourite ice cream store in Toronto. Always love smelling the fresh aroma from delicious ice cream every time I walk by the store getting groceries.
Omer Quenneville replying to a comment from stouffville snow shovelling / July 3, 2015 at 08:22 am
That's because the comments are stacked... the rating score is real. I agree, they are not the best and the signage was misleading implying made in sight.
narked&Wrecked / July 26, 2015 at 08:14 am
Ed's Real Scoop is by far the best ice-cream place in Toronto. ....But crazy long lineups:

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