Beat the heat with an ice cream treat; bar­be­cue talk with the chef and co-owner of Bar­que Smoke­house.

The scoop on sum­mer’s favourite sweet treat.

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Sweet Je­sus

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, sweet­je­

iHalo Krunch

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.busi­

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., orig­i­nalchim­

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, ed­sre­

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., bang­bang­ice­

eva’s orig­i­nal chim­ney

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