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The Best Ice Cream in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 4, 2014

ice cream torontoThe best ice cream in Toronto is all about that alchemy of eggs, cream and sugar churned and chilled to perfection. This is crave-worthy stuff, be it scooped or soft serve, and it needs nothing more than a spoon to be enjoyed - meaning that even delicious extras like waffle cones or hot fudge are nothing more than the superfluous cherry on top.

Here is the best ice cream in Toronto.

See also:

The top 10 under the radar ice cream shops in Toronto
The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches in Toronto
The Best Gelato in Toronto
The top 10 under the radar gelato in Toronto
The Best Frozen Yogurt in Toronto

Ed's Real Scoop

Ed's Real Scoop

The sweet shop has expanded to three locations that churn out a whole spectrum of frozen treats, including gelato, frozen yogurt and - of course - thick, creamy, all-natural ice creams that cycle through 100-plus flavours. While it's hard to pick favourites, the Burnt Marshmallow comes highly praised. More »

Greg's Ice Cream

Greg's Ice Cream

Two locations keep the lineup of creative ice cream flavours constantly in flux. Should you see it listed, the must-try flavours include grape nut or PB banana, which you can have hand-packed to go, by the scoop, in a sundae, a float or a milkshake. More »

Dutch Dreams

Dutch Dreams

The quirky ice cream shop might source its ice cream from Maypole, but it's the kitschy atmosphere that made it locally famous. The over-the-top attitude translates to the menu in the form of obscenely-sized milkshakes (is 1L big enough?), fully-loaded sundaes and towering scoops in house-made waffle cones. More »

Sweet Olenka's

Sweet Olenka's

While they've popped up on West Queen West for the summer, this sweet shop can be found year-round at its Lakeshore digs, where ice cream comes in creative flavours like brandied fig with goat cheese or maple bacon. Better still, they do decadent ice cream bars in flavours like sour cream-lemon and chocolate-dipped maple walnut. More »

The Big Chill

The Big Chill

The nostalgic ice cream parlour in the heart of Little Italy will draw you in with the sweet scent of waffle cones. Once inside, let the friendly staff seduce you with samples of brownie toffee crunch and chocolate peanut butter before committing to a scoop, sundae, ice cream sandwich or milkshake. More »

Bang Bang Ice Cream

Bang Bang Ice Cream

On Ossington, this newly-opened bakery and ice cream shop melds its specialties to create the ultimate ice cream sandwiches. Mix and match fresh baked cookies with ice cream flavours not seen anywhere else, like cinnamon toast, halva or burnt toffee. More »

Tom's Dairy Freeze

Tom's Dairy Freeze

Open only in the summer months, this retro burger shack on The Queensway is famous for ultra-thick milk shakes and classic vanilla, chocolate or swirled soft serve cones. More »

Summer's Ice Cream

Summer's Ice Cream

This sweet spot in Yorkville offers 24 flavours of creamy house-churned ice cream made fresh daily in small batches for ultimate freshness. In addition to unique and seasonal flavours, expect to find a rotating selection of frozen yogurts, sorbets and soft-serves. More »

Lansdowne Cone

Lansdowne Cone

Get your ice cream fix at this seasonally-operated Bloordale ice cream parlour that stocks 28 flavours of Maypole in rotating flavours like cherry cheesecake, pistachio almond crunch and pomegranate sherbet. More »

Maple Leaf Dairy

Maple Leaf Dairy

The creamery on The Danforth scoops up cones and cups only seasonally, though the ice cream factory (dubbed St. Clair) will satisfy rocky road cravings by the take-home tub anytime. Expect a lot of bang for your buck - even the kiddie cone is enormous. More »

Lickadee Split

Lickadee Split

Birthday cake and s'mores are among the house favourites at this east-side mom-and-pop shop. The ice cream comes from Maypole in Etobicoke (like a few others on this list) and brings with it a delightful rainbow of flavours. More »

Ice Cream Junction

Ice Cream Junction

This candy-coloured joint in The Junction (they also have a Long Branch location) keeps the coolers stocked with 36 Kawartha Dairy flavours. Not only do they offer the regular roster of milkshakes, sundaes, cups and cones, but there's also the tempting, over-the-top choice of a chocolate chip cookie cone, which is exactly as indulgent as it sounds. More »

Discussion

22 Comments

Brigitte / July 4, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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ED's Real Scoop hails from the Beach, a little proper representation would be nice!! Is it wrong I feel a small sense of ownership having spent 20 years of my life eating their ice cream? The Beach is where it all started!
D.Malc / July 4, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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Or anywhere that serves Kawartha Dairy because it is the be all and end all of ice cream. Period.
Miguel replying to a comment from D.Malc / July 4, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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agreed!
Ed / July 4, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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You forgot Ice&cake, they have the best pistachio I had in my life!
BIG MIKE / July 4, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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St Clair Ice Cream on the Danforth!!!
Irwin Mimico / July 4, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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Glad Tom's made the list. I thought you guys would exclude it because it's not downtown.
The Beaches replying to a comment from Brigitte / July 4, 2014 at 05:19 pm
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Which beach in The Beaches did it all start in? There are several. You might not know that.

That's cool that Ed's Real Scoop hails from The Beaches. I love The Beaches.

It will always be The Beaches for me! :-)
Seags83 / July 4, 2014 at 06:36 pm
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Lansdowne Cone all the way. Take home tub for 6 or 7 bucks. The chocolate peanut butter ice cream is the best I've had anywhere outside of Italy.
johm / July 4, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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Holywood gelato is hands down the best in the city. Best I've ever had actually. Unless there's a separate category for gelato, we missed a gem on this list.
johm replying to a comment from johm / July 4, 2014 at 07:20 pm
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oops. just saw there's a different category for gelato. Sorry.
Noah / July 4, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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The Big Chill is hands down the best in TO. My kids and I love it! Highly recommend the watermelon sherbet.
Bathurst & St. Clair / July 5, 2014 at 01:22 am
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Sadly Dutch Dreams closed, your list is out of date, BlogTO! Don't understand why they closed, they had lines down the block last summer.
Dutch Dreams is Open / July 5, 2014 at 08:54 am
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http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/dutch-dreams-toronto

http://www.dutchdreams.ca/


DREAMS DID NOT CLOSE, THEY MOVED.
They are still open and still great, they are at St Clair and Vaughn Rd. Closeto the old location



Jen mcgill / July 5, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Tops on my list at G gelato at Yonge between Davisville and Eglinton. Which ties with Hotel Gelato on Eglinton ave west near Chaplin road. Both feature delish home made gelato in a wonderful atmosphere with great service
soda / July 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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sweet olenkas has coconut milk salted caramel ice cream that is to die for. any vegans should definitely check it out its supeerrrr good
Sergio / July 8, 2014 at 09:36 am
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I have to agree with ED, i was at shops at don mills and tried Ice N Cakes and it was Fantastic. Their pistachio is TOP Knotch!
regular john replying to a comment from D.Malc / July 19, 2014 at 04:13 pm
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carter's ice cream in my neighbourhood serves kawartha dairy. how can this amazing ice cream shop be not on the list?
M replying to a comment from BIG MIKE / August 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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It's on the list as Maple Leaf Dairy. :) I was looking for it too!
kC / August 18, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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Recently just discovered this... Sin Without Guilt - the owner (nicest man EVER) operates out of what can be best described as a carnival stand attached to the back of his car. Apparently he's the only person in Toronto to have this type of operating license, because the city phased them out years ago but since he's been doing this for twenty years (and somehow escaped my rabid sweet tooth's notice), they've let him hang on to his. Anyway, all that to say CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! As far as I'm aware, he's usually on the corner of FRONT ST and SCOTT ST.
kC / August 18, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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Forgot to add... this is not Baskin Robbins. It's straight up soft-serve (chocolate, vanilla or twist), but this is the real deal - 10 cal/oz (I think it's milk-based, because it has this crazy smooth yet grainy texture). Anyway, I digress. Just do yourself a favour and swing by.
BillyO / August 26, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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Ed's is good, but a little overrated at #1, Greg's is better. Also, while they don't have as many flavours, id say even Bang Bang is better than Ed's, plus they have cookie sandwiches too
Mister LJ replying to a comment from Brigitte / September 7, 2014 at 04:35 pm
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It mentions that in the article

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