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The scoop on summer’s favourite sweet treat.
These over-the-top cones are not just perfect for Instagram— they’re an epic treat, too. A base of vanilla, chocolate, or coconut soft serve is inundated with a variety of toppings like rainbow sprinkles, cotton candy, brownie bits, and toasted pistachios.
416 Bloor St. W., 106 John St., plus other locations, sweetjesus4life.com
Known for their distinctive signature black charcoal cones, the shop boasts four ice creams made fresh in-house daily: matcha, vanilla, ube (a purple yam), and charcoal (coconutflavoured) that are meant to be swirled together. 831 Queen St. W., ihalo-krunch.business.site
Eva’s Original Chimney
Originating as a food truck, there are now several storefronts for this popular Hungarian pastry that has a crunchy outer layer with a soft, doughy inside. Fill it with vanilla, chocolate, or vegan vanilla soft-serve, and customize it with a variety of toppings like peanut butter, marshmallows, pretzels, banana chips, and more. 454 Bloor St. W., originalchimneys.com
Ed’s Real Scoop
A beloved institution with several locations, this shop churns out homemade ice cream in more than 100 flavours, as well as gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. Try classics like crème brûlée, apple pie, and burnt marshmallow, alongside seasonal offerings like pistachio gelato. 2224 Queen St. E.,
920 Queen St. E., plus other locations, edsrealscoop.com
Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery
It’s all about the ice cream sandwich here, and there are limitless combinations at this west end shop. Choose a cookie base from such offerings as ginger, chocolate, or sugar cookie, then pick the creamy filling from several dozen inventive options like burnt toffee, pink lemonade, London fog, and Ontario strawberry. Or opt for a scoop or two in a Hong Kong-style waffle cone. 93A Ossington Ave., bangbangicecream.com
eva’s original chimney