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Ice Cream Junction

Posted by Guest Contributor / Reviewed on June 24, 2011 / review policy

Ice Cream JunctionThe Ice Cream Junction is a throwback to the Fifties found in, well...the Junction of course. Situated on Dundas at Clendenan, the ICJ has a near monopoly over the ice cream trade in the neighbourhood with the only other major contender being Delight down the street.

The ICJ models itself on the ice cream shoppes (yes...that's with two p's and an e) of yore. The decor is a little overwhelmingly pastel. The walls are a Pepto-Bismol pink that had mey craving primary colours, but really, it's only fitting. Seating is limited - they have three retro black and chrome tables, and a bench outside - but that doesn't seem to be a problem as most customers opt for take-out.

Ice Cream JunctionThere are 36 Kawartha Dairy flavours to choose from, and they make all of their own waffle cones, some of which come adorned with cookie crumbs, dotted with sprinkles or circumnavigated by gummy bears. Prices are pretty comparable to other ice cream joints around the city (a single scoop in a regular cone costs $2.95 and $3.95 for the same in a waffle cone), but the scoops are doled out generously. For nostalgia buffs, the ICJ offers milkshakes, made the old-fashioned way of course ($4.25), and Root Beer floats ($4.35). And for small appetites (or budgets), they serve up the "Itty Bitty" cone for a mere $0.75.

After some contemplation, I went with a scoop of Banana Boat (top photo). My original choice was plain banana, but apparently banana becomes even more delicious when you put it in a boat. With swirls of chocolate and marshmallow it's reminiscent of the traditional foil-wrapped campfire treat.

I was going to house my choice in one of their waffle cones, until something caught my eye. That something was a chocolate chip cookie cone. Yes, it's a cone and a cookie. What a fantastically delicious split-personality. These cones aren't made by the ICJ but I wouldn't hold that against them. They don't get soggy, and there isn't a hole in the bottom like you find in waffle cones...so no leakage!

Ice Cream JunctionMy friend opted for Chocolate Peanut Butter, that consisted of rich chocolate punctuated with peanut butter cookie dough pieces. Needless to say we were both pleased with our choices.

Ice Cream JunctionStill in the mood for sugar after an ice cream fix? ICJ has got it covered. Throughout the store, jars are filled with candy in a Willy Wonka fashion. Rock candy, Blow Pops and chocolate cigarettes, just to name a few, lure both young and old into making impulse purchases.

Just a heads up that all ice cream here comes served with a side of children. The store is geared towards kids (rightfully so!) and they come in droves. The owners have even put a step-stool in front of the freezers so those on the shorter side can get right up to the glass for a better view. Another nice touch is a container of baby wipes put out for messy faces, and I saw more than one parent gratefully help themselves to aid in the aftermath that is a double scoop of Blue Bubblegum.

Ice Cream JunctionThe Ice Cream Junction is open Sun. - Thurs. 12:00 - 10:00pm, and Fri. & Sat. 12:00pm - 12:00am

Writing by Rebecca Fleming. Photography by Mirza Noormohamed

Discussion

12 Comments

Rich / June 24, 2011 at 11:57 am
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Our local gem.

Derek / June 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
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I like Delight better. Organic, handmade & fresh wins over nostalgic novelty.
Dan / June 26, 2011 at 08:44 pm
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I like the review. Good article.
Alex / June 27, 2011 at 10:58 am
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Great, well-written review! I'll be sure to head out there next chance i get. Cookie cone? One of those things you can't believe took this long to come around! Hopefully all those kids don't take all the good flavours!
Sarah / June 27, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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Well written!
Amanda / July 26, 2011 at 04:05 pm
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We drive over a half hour for this ice cream, great ice cream and amazing service!
dave replying to a comment from Derek / September 8, 2011 at 04:37 pm
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Derek - Organic snob!
Janine / September 18, 2011 at 09:07 am
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I must say... I'm with Derek on this one too. I much prefer Delight ice creams. Delight actually makes their ice cream and cones on site, uses organic/local ingredients and isn't overly loaded with sugar unlike regular ice cream. You actually taste the fruit (or whatever flavour) first before you taste the sweet. Plus their flavours are seasonal, so you know you're getting the freshest ingredients and not ones that have been frozen for months. By far, the quality of Delight ice creams are just better. I'm sorry to say that Ice Cream Junction simply tastes like any old Laura Secord to me, although I think they're a good addition to the Junction. They seem like a business that will "stick" in the hood which is nice to see.
cgad66 / October 13, 2011 at 03:09 am
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They are a lovely couple and the girls they hired this summer and very nice. I am unhappy with the price of the ready made litre plus of ice cream. Its over 10 bucks, yikes. I am guilty of buying it a few times!!
Rich replying to a comment from Janine / June 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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Any old Laura Secord? Your palate makes me sad :(

Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream is some of the best in Ontario. I'm not sure you know what you're missing!
Dayna / October 21, 2012 at 07:28 pm
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LOVE this ice cream shoppe! Honestly it is comparable to NOTHING! Ive had my fair share ofnice cream tastings... And hands down, their flavors beat all! The added touch of "old school" candies gets me EVERYTIME! I go there with my family at least 3-4 times a week. The girls are bubbly and easy to get along with. A pleasent experience every single time!!
sue replying to a comment from Amanda / October 24, 2013 at 06:24 pm
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Love this place its the best !!!

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