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The Perfect Scoop Ice Cream Shop

Posted by Laura Adams / Reviewed on September 6, 2013 / review policy

Perfect Scoop TorontoThe Perfect Scoop Ice Cream Shop opened its doors in early August, dishing out Kawartha Dairy ice cream for Liberty Village residents and workers. As I biked around condo buildings and construction sites to go check it out (a tad lost, I'll admit), the sounds of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" playing on outdoor speakers could only mean one thing: an ice cream shop was just around the corner.

Perfect Scoop TorontoOwner Anthony Sansoni warmly greets me on the patio and, despite my urge to immediately grab a cone, we first chat about his new business. Sansoni's reason for opening an ice cream place is simple: "I grew up around ice cream. I love ice cream. Ice cream's fun." His main business is operating tanning salons, and he'll be opening one in Liberty Village soon. But he wanted to try something new, and thought the area needed a quality ice cream shop.

Perfect Scoop TorontoWhen it came to selecting an ice cream provider, the choice was easy. Sansoni's grandma owns a cottage in the Kawartha Lakes region, and he's been enjoying Kawartha Dairy's goods on weekend cottage trips his entire life. Plus, he explains, "It's the best. It's the highest quality. People love how rich it is." Having enjoyed Kawartha Dairy ice cream many a time, I wouldn't disagree.

Perfect Scoop TorontoThe Perfect Scoop sells a wide range of Kawartha Dairy's ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt flavours — over 40 are listed on the website — including gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free options. A hefty single scoop costs $3.75, and a double goes for $4.25.

For a bit extra, you can enjoy your ice cream in a sugar or waffle cone, or if you're feeling especially indulgent, you can treat yourself to a pretzel or chocolate chip cookie cone ($5.95 for a single scoop and $6.95 for a double). If you're just looking for a little ice cream fix, on the other hand, there's the "teenie weenie" size, about a few generous spoonfuls, for $1.25.

Perfect Scoop TorontoAs cute as the teenie weenie cone is, I'm no ice cream amateur, and want a full scoop. I don't resist Sansoni's enthusiasm for pleasing customers and offering samples, and I try a few of the cottage country-themed flavours like Wolf Paws, Bear Claw, and Moose Tracks.

I finally settle on a tried-and-true favourite, Kodiak Island Fudge. It's better than I remember from my visit to the Kawartha Dairy stand in Bobcaygeon last summer. Creamy vanilla ice cream provides the base for rich chocolate chips and ribbons of decadent fudge--the perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate flavours. Compared to the ice cream, however, the cookie cone isn't very noteworthy and, in my opinion, not needed with ice cream this indulgent.

Perfect Scoop TorontoSitting atop one of the eight or so stool seats, I enjoy my cone while taking in the unabashedly cheerful atmosphere. The shop is adorned with a rainbow of candy-filled glass jars, ice cream cone light fixtures, and neon coloured accents. Posters with cute sayings like "keep calm and eat a cupcake" dress the walls, while a pop radio station plays inside and over the outdoor seating area. However, true to the neighbourhood's style, the shop includes some industrial touches, like exposed ducts, to balance the sugary sweet d├ęcor. On a cloudy afternoon, some ice cream and colourful surroundings are the perfect pick-me-up.

Perfect Scoop TorontoThe Perfect Scoop also sells milkshakes, espresso drinks, assorted cold beverages, and 1.5L tubs of ice cream for $13. There are plans for additional offerings in the future, like smoothies, ice cream cakes, and ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies and waffles. Wi-Fi is also on the way.

As a soon-to-be resident of the area, Sansoni hopes to provide community members a place where they can get out of their condo and indulge their inner child: "I feel like a kid in the store. I love ice cream. I hope everyone can enjoy it as much as I do." With a wide selection of flavours and options for different dietary needs, it's hard to imagine who wouldn't enjoy visiting this friendly ice cream shop.

Perfect Scoop TorontoThe Perfect Scoop is open Monday to Wednesday 12-10, Thursday and Friday 12-11, and Saturday and Sunday 11-11, but hours may change in the winter.

Photos by Morris Lum

Discussion

9 Comments

416 / September 6, 2013 at 08:57 am
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great ice cream only using
The Kawartha Dairy Company
very nice staff
carly / September 6, 2013 at 09:33 am
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Great staff and fun environment - I wish you guys the best of luck!!
Sigh / September 6, 2013 at 11:00 am
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Think I'll pop over this weekend!
jameson / September 6, 2013 at 11:32 am
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this looks awesome, perfect price, will definitely check it out
Jeff / September 6, 2013 at 11:33 am
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Like a bakery that makes non of its own baked goods. If I can't buy Kawartha here, I can get it.........at EVERY OTHER ICE CREAM STORE IN TOWN. Kinda shocked they brought nothing new to the table here. O well.
em / September 6, 2013 at 11:45 am
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Jeff, ice cream shops are good to have in walking distance. Who travels to get ice cream? Nothing wrong with kawartha dairy nor opening a neighbourhood shop in a neighbourhood that is populated by chains.
Sigh replying to a comment from Jeff / September 6, 2013 at 01:45 pm
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Then go open up your own ice cream shop, where people can buy exotic ice creams that no one's ever heard of made by you or obscure aging hippies making dairy goodness in a tiny, hidden commune.

I mean, really....it's ice cream.
Tom replying to a comment from 416 / September 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm
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Love Kawartha Dairies, Real Ice Cream.
Tagliano / September 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm
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Love the idea BUT as a business plan - why open in September? You're opening at the low end of the ice cream sales. Ice Cream Sales will start peaking again May June next year. Why open and take on debt right off the start in the low season. Hold off don't pay any lease, get your stuff together and open like April-May next year.

Whats gonna sustain the business in the winter months when its cold and snowy? Needs to be less of a just ice cream shop, and more of an ice cream parlor. Where you can get great ice cream treats, but also fries, maybe burgers. Alot of places do it, Dairy Queen does and a lot of smaill town Mom and Pops have that model. That way if your lady wants to stop and get ice cream or something sweet and you have no problem stopping you can always get a burger, or fries and gravy, Milk Shake, Chocolate Dipped Cone.

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