Sum­mer’s

DINE and Destinations - - TORONTO -

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

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