It’s not summer without Summer’s. For owner Ron Tokey, there is an emotional attachment to being a third-generation ice cream maker. Family always comes first, and they always have ice cream together. It’s in his heritage. Back in Czechoslovakia, his grandfather used to go up into the mountains to collect ice so that he could make ice cream for the town folk. Summer’s has become an institution in Toronto, serving the highest-quality ice cream in the city, loved by all those who scream for ice cream, from locals to Hollywood celebrities. The bottom line is quality ingredients without compromise to provide an elevated level of texture and chewiness. The distinguishing ingredient is love. “I want my customers to have an ice cream experience that they haven’t had before.” Ron tells me. “It’s about that sensation of having ice cream for the first time—every time.” I have my personal favourite: Chocolate Peanut Butter has been my go-to pick-meup since 1984, but there are new scoops this summer: Apple Cinnamon; Birthday Cake; Blueberry Dream; and Almond Butter Toffee. Watch for organic ice creams, and “super” ice creams with added omegas, antioxidants and greens. In addition to the perfect swirl in every homemade small batch, that wonderful wafting aroma is Summer’s own waffle cones made from scratch.
101 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, 416-944-2637, www.summersicecream.com