Emmy's Ice Cream
Emmy’s Ice Cream is conjoined with the Daily Grind coffee shop, and does all kinds of old school treats from floats to cones, snow cones, and sundaes using Dutch Dreams ice cream. The best part is, all toppings are free.
It’s a project of Tony Duong’s, who runs both businesses. Emmy is actually the name of his daughter, who, like many children in Toronto, loves Dutch Dreams. Now she (and you) can get their coveted ice cream without waiting forever in line.
Classic floats ($6) are made with aesthetically appropriate fluorescent Pop Shoppe soda.
We go orange with French Vanilla ice cream, but the flavour combination is up to you, and there’s also pineapple, lime, cream soda, and more. All floats are topped with a heap of whipped cream.
Waffle cones ($6 for a single scoop) are made in the store, hand dipped and rimmed with candy, cookie crumbles and peanuts. These could also be customizable if you’re down to wait for your personal creation.
Shakes ($6) can be made from any ice cream flavour, of which there are around 25. Not appropriate for a milkshake perhaps, but there are vegan flavours too.
Every shake gets topped with a generous amount of whipped cream, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry plus a biscuit stuck in for an iconic look.
Our cotton candy shake is divine, not only a lovely periwinkle colour all blended together, but with a distinct nostalgic candy floss flavour.
A loaded sundae ($6.70) comes in a dipped waffle bowl (also made here) with two flavours of ice cream, strawberry syrup, Oreo crumble, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and a maraschino cherry.
We go pistachio and black cherry, and the pistachio is rich and nutty, the heavy cherry popping with the jammy strawberry syrup.
Other flavours include birthday cake, mango, cookies and cream, a variety of sherbets, a vegan taro flavour and even specific spins on Dutch Dreams flavours customized for Emmy’s like Bloordale (with caramel ribbon and chocolate pretzel nibs) and Life on St. Clarens (vanilla and peanut butter with cookie dough and brownie).
There’s a little patio outside where ice cream can be enjoyed immediately. Duong, also one of the owners at nearby Black Briik, has always had owning a little ice cream shoppe on his bucket list. Crossing that off has brought this neighbourhood the cute coffee shop and ice cream parlour with a sweet patio it didn’t know it needed.