good gang ice cream

Good Gang Ice Cream

Good Gang Ice Cream offers American style ice cream in Toronto. Sisters Margaret and Kat Bolinas pride themselves on using local, fresh and seasonal ingredients in their flavour rotations.

Ice cream making was just a hobby that started after their parents gifted them an ice cream machine 10 years ago. In 2017, Kat managed to get a spot in the coveted Ice Cream course at Penn State University - purely because she loved the frozen dessert.

good gang ice creamIt wasn't until 2022 that the sisters decided to take their sweet dreams into the real world.

They're inspired by their childhood memories of the Philippines, travels, and they definitely aren't afraid to push the boundaries. "We like being in the kitchen, experimenting with flavours," explains Margaret.

good gang ice cream

Seasonal ingredients are a key factor in their offerings. They have citrus and rhubarb jams in the rotation of add-ins in the winter, and blackcurrant that they pick themselves at Brooks Farms and Andrews Farms in the summer.

good gang ice creamIt's a real labour of love for the pair as they make all their own jams, syrups, olive oil, and dulce de leche with hours of careful testing to make sure the flavours are balanced every season.

They also bake their own Miso Chocolate cookies ($9) and Cardamom Eclairs ($8) for sandwiches on the weekends. 

good gang ice cream

A must try flavour is Toast- which uses a rye sourdough loaf from Blackbird Baking Company with swirls of seasonal jams. It's true to its moniker, it tastes like a perfect piece of toast. 

A generous squeeze of house made flan on the Ube Flan is a match made in heaven with a scoop of Pink Guava Coconut sorbet. A double scoop is $8.50.

Another great flavour is Cà-Phê-Misu, a twist on tiramisu using Vietnamese coffee. Their most popular flavour is the Unos Dos Tres Leches.

good gang ice creamA great way to try a bunch of flavours is the sampler platter ($12) of four scoops of choice. From clockwise pictured is: Lemon Poppy Pistachio, Cà-Phê-Misu, Chocolate Soba, Majicha Brownie.

A trip to Hawaii and seeing the rainbow varieties of mochi everywhere inspired Mango Chi Chi Dango, the famous Military Latte at Sawada Coffee they had in Chicago inspired Majicha Brownie.

A recreation of a Canadian childhood favourite Tiger Tail can be found in O’Tarragon.

good gang ice cream

There are no cones here, everything is served in eco-friendly cups, platters, or silver coupes for in-store eating. You can also grab pints ($12) of your favourite flavours or try them in a Snack scoop ($3) or Single ($5).

"We didn’t really plan to have an ice cream business- we want ice cream to be fun and for everyone," hopes Margaret.

Good Gang Ice Cream can be found at their new home in Cabbagetown.

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Fareen Karim

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