By: Rebecca Feigelsohn
Gourmet frozen treats are currently having a moment. No longer satisfied by pre-packaged frozen goodies, customers are seeking out more artisanal options, like customizable ice cream sandwiches with homemade cookies, or ice pops made with fresh fruit juice and no artificial colouring or flavours. Taking cue from Melt Bakery and Coolhaus, which offer up their frozen treats in portable venues around New York City, these Toronto dessert purveyors are following suit.
Rosanne Pezzelli’s make-your-own ice cream sandwiches are the talk of the town. Customers can pick their own homemade cookie (options include: Everything, Ginger Molasses, Captain Peanut, RoCocoa, or Birthday) filled with their choice of Ed’s Real Scoop ice cream or dairy free sorbet. The staff’s picks make the selection process a little easier, but with so many mouth-watering options to choose from, don’t be surprised if you find yourself ordering another; for taste-testing purposes of course. ($3.50 half-sandwich/ $5.50 whole-sandwich)
Bakerbots Baking is located at 205 Delaware Ave, bakerbotsbaking.com
LPK’s Culinary Groove is an organic pastry and chocolate shop that offers an assortment of vegan and gluten free desserts – including their house made ice cream sandwiches that are both gluten and nut free, with the option of being vegan and dairy free. Owner Lesia Kohut’s commitment to sustainability and locally sourced ingredients makes this indulgence carefree for conscious consumers, and is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. ($3.75/sandwich)
LPK’s is located at 718 Queen Street East, lpksculinarygroove.com
There’s no better way to spend a balmy summer evening than on The Drake’s highly praised rooftop patio with one of their delicious ice cream sandwiches. Chocolate fudge cookies filled with stout ice cream, and a dollop of whip cream topped with beer nuts, these deluxe frozen treats are an ideal way to end your evening. ($6.95/order)
The Drake is located at 1150 Queen Street West, thedrakehotel.ca
Founder Janet Dimond’s handmade, all-natural fruit-bomb ice pops are made from fresh seasonal Ontario fruits and are sold at various retailers and at Farmer’s Markets across the city. Flavours change based on availability, but past ice-pop flavours include: grapefruit-lime-ginger, watermelon-lemon-mint, and blackberry-yuzu-orange zest-lime juice. These artisanal frozen treats are a delicious way to cool off this summer. ($3/ice-pop).
Visit augiesicepops.com for detailed information about retail locations and ordering
Lisa Paul’s ice-pop paletas (a Latin American ice-pop made from fresh fruit) are handmade using both local and high-end imported ingredients, with no artificial flavours, dyes, or fillers. Paul’s paletas come in three sizes, 4 ounce ice-pops for adults, simple flavoured “tot-pops” for children, and “pupsicles” for your furry friends. You can find Paul riding around Toronto’s west-end selling her ice-pops, or visit Capital Espresso in Parkdale; Ice-Pop Art paletas are also available by the box.
Visit icepopart.com for more details, or follow @IcePopArt for location whereabouts
The Pop Stand
The Pop Stand, run by Kari Marshall, is a cart that travels to Nathan Phillip’s Square and Jimmy’s coffee to sell her uniquely flavoured gourmet ice-pops. Flavours include peach-mango-earl grey, dulche leche latte, and cantaloupe-ginger. ($3/ice-pop)
Website currently under construction, follow @popstandtoronto for location details
Rebecca Feigelsohn is a Toronto based editorial intern for Good Food Revolution. She recently completed her BA in English at McGill University and loves all things sweet. Follow her as she profiles Toronto pastry chefs @GoodFoodRevInt