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The Big Chill

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on August 1, 2007 / review policy

The Big Chill TorontoThe Big Chill, tucked away around the north-east corner of College & Manning, is hardly tough to spot. Much in the spirit of local ice cream parlour legend, Dutch Dreams (Vaughan & St Clair), they've got a brightly coloured mural that glows in the sun, a fun retro 70's neon sign to light up the night, and a tiny, yet remarkably kitschy and fun, interior.

But, of course (and most importantly), there's lots of delectable ice cream to be had as well.

Bill Chill TorontoStopping in on a weeknight, friends and I order up a mix of single scoops, doubles, a milkshake and even a good ol' banana split.

Highlights include: Cherry Bordeaux (with, but of course, rich Bordeaux cherries monsieur!), Caribou Tracks (better known under its other, less tempting name: Moose Droppings), Brownie Toffee Crunch (remember to floss, later!), Funky Chunky Chocolate (chocolate, chocolate sauce and chocolate chunks. You like chocolate, right?), Dutch Apple Pie (now on a cone!), and the fresh citrus classic, Orange Sherbet.

The Big ChillThe Big Chill

If that list wasn't already a clear indication, The Big Chill has got terrific variety including a half-dozen sherbets and dairy-free flavours. Prices are also decent, ranging from $2.95 for a single scoop, to $4.95 for a big ol' waffle cone-ful.

Parents, you'll also be happy to hear that your ice cream break also includes $2 cones for kids that they'll enjoy while playing in the toy cars and kid-sized furniture set up outside for them.

The Big Chill



Gloria / August 1, 2007 at 06:43 pm
Aw, mini Oreo cookies! An ice cream parlour after my heart.
stung / August 1, 2007 at 06:52 pm
looks like i'll be heading over there after work!
krystyn / August 1, 2007 at 05:18 pm
That's so weird...I was just there for the first time on Monday after passing it several dozen times and promising one day to visit. It should be noted that they make their waffle cones on site...soooo delicious!!!
Debbie Ohi / August 2, 2007 at 08:37 am
This place looks amazing, and so are your mouthwatering pics!
G / August 2, 2007 at 10:15 am
The Big Chill is open late, too, so it's a great place to hit up for dessert, or after drinking, when you're hanging out on College St. Skip the street meat and get something sweet!
bunnyhero / August 2, 2007 at 12:12 pm
i've been meaning to check this place out ever since my friend posted pictures of it on her blog:
m / August 2, 2007 at 01:27 pm
I find their ice cream over rated. Greg's Ice Cream at Bloor and Spadina is way better, as is Daddy-O's on Roncey.
Fred / April 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm
I think your comment about the ice cream being overrated is stupid and your an idiot for saying it. Go to Greg's where you suck more then a cone!!!
Mike Di Stefano / November 21, 2009 at 02:25 am
Great ice cream experience, very friendly staff, can't wait till I'm back in Little Italy again!
K / June 13, 2010 at 05:20 pm
last time, i tried 2 scoops. its sooo huge!!!
tasty or not depends on flavor i guess. my choice was good last time! so i def come back!
megr / August 14, 2010 at 10:59 am
went to this place for frozen yogurt, and it was 5 bucks for a tiny, meagre little cup of mediocre yogurt. wow, don't understand how this place stays in business with places like dolce and sicilian sidewalk close by.
davidnathanb / April 4, 2011 at 01:37 am
A few months ago (after an amazing evening of AMAZING homemade potato latkes, courtesy of Freetimes Cafe, and listening to the new and upcoming young Folk-rock artist Tyler Firestone perform) my brother and I set forth a mini-adventure through Little Italy. Both of us had developed a craving for something sweet and creamy…and then we decided, as if a lightbulb had turned on in our heads, to search the area for some ice cream.

Now, for those who do not know - you should understand that I am an avid fanatical foodie in ALL senses of the term. So when I say I want ice cream, I mean real ice cream. No "iced dairy product" or other nonsensical creations some may call "food." So we had asked around 6 or 7 locals walking around if they knew of any good ice cream parlours around the area. Low and behold, each and every person suggested The Big Chill!

With such a great local reputation, I just had to check it out and see what all the fuss was really about. Then finally…we found it. A full on eclectic dreamland of rich-milky goodness (with a hint of children's playhouse in it); with everything from the genuinely friendly owner with a HUGE smile, to the red pleather booths for customers to sit at. My jaw dropped - and my eyes widened! I swear I literally felt like I had become 10 years younger (I'm a 20 year old student at University of Toronto).

Let me just shorten this up for ya'll - So after a nice and brief discussion with the owner (honestly, one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting) my brother and I had decided to start ordering some ice cream. We both decided to try out the Birthday Cake flavour, paired with some delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate. Of course, I just had to top my BIG scoop of dairy-goodness with some rainbow sprinkles - I mean, what's a birthday cake without some rainbow sprinkles, am I right? Well people…I spooned up some of this deliciousness and put it in my mouth. I can't even remember eating the entire dish because I was just too busy relishing in the ecstasy of the moment. The richness. The creaminess. The deliciousness…

This is definitely one of the best ice cream shops I have seen in Toronto (with the exception of Greggs - which is a whole other story!). I URGE you to try this place out if you ever get the chance! I promise you - you will not be disappointed. Gosh - I wouldn't be surprised if this place could cure people of clinical depression that's how vibrant, fun and fantastic it is!

Well it looks like this "comment" has turned into a complete review if I do say so myself! I apologize to everyone for taking up so much of your screen space! However, thank you to those who have taken the time to read my little schpeel - and I look forward to reading about your experiences as well!

PS: BlogTO team, how would one approach the possibility of working as a food writer with you?

Thanks! xo
garbage / July 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Overpriced and the owner isn't nice. Hes actually a giant prick if you aren't a customer.

One choc. Sunday costs you eleven dollars. F that noise.
Vicky / December 17, 2012 at 03:32 pm
Great ice cream! :D
Garbage redponse / July 20, 2013 at 09:51 am
Garbage- you are a most spiteful person!
Get a life!
The Big Chill is a wonderful Happy, fun place
With delicious treats!
sharla / February 18, 2014 at 07:23 pm
this place blows. it's just generic ice cream... the shit you seriously can buy in the store. have fun paying up the ass for fucking breyers! amazing how dumb consumers are.
Mmm / July 4, 2014 at 03:58 pm
The Big Chill has THE BEST watermelon sherbert. I loved it so much I ventured down to get a cone of this deliciousness once, only to find it is a seasonal flavour. Whoever it was who was working (not sure if it was the owner, or an employee) provided me with their last small tub of watermelon sherbert, on the house. As if I didn't already love the place enough....

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