Location: 3797 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke
I’ve mentioned before that frozen custard is almost impossible to find in the city. Which is completely baffling, because we have about a million ice cream shops. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have a bunch of places serving delicious frozen custard.
As far as I know, we have two: Rita’s, an outpost of an American chain near Kensington Market, and now Woodfire Sandwich Co.
If you’re not familiar with frozen custard (and if you’re living in Toronto, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what it is), it’s basically like regular ice cream, but made more luxurious and creamy with the addition of egg yolks.
Woodfire serves chocolate, vanilla, and a rotating feature flavour. You can also add a variety of optional toppings. I just got plain vanilla so I could bask in the sweet, sweet, custardy glory without anything getting in the way.
It’s good. It’s not quite as tasty as basically any frozen custard I’ve had in the States, but it’s legit. It’s got a pronounced custardy flavour and a satisfyingly silky texture. It could be creamier, and eating it gets a bit one-note sweet after a while, but all things considered, I enjoyed it.
Hey, beggars can’t be choosers. It’s frozen custard and it doesn’t require that I drive hundreds of kilometres to the States. I’ll take it.
Location: 633 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Ice cream is the best. And while what they’re serving at Put A Cone On It probably isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off, it’s above average ice cream. Which means that, yes: it’s the best.
Plus, they make their own ice cream, which is always nice. There’s nothing more disheartening than going to an ice cream shop only to realize that they’re serving commercial stuff like Kawartha or Nestle. I can buy that at the supermarket. Get out of here with that.
They have a handful of dairy and non-dairy flavours available; I tried the roasted banana, which is one of the dairy options.
It’s quite tasty. True to its name, it has a very pronounced banana flavour that almost reminded me of banana bread, only with a more amplified fruity flavour.
The texture was ever-so-slightly icy, and it could have been richer, but it was quite good. Like I said: it probably won’t be your favourite ice cream in the city, but you’re definitely going to enjoy eating it.
Location: 93a Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Well, I guess it’s time for my semi-regular “here’s another amazing flavour you need to try at Bang Bang” post, because I just tried a flavour called Flin Flan, and it was amazing and you need to try it.
They describe it as “eggy custard Filipino style.” If you’ve never had flan, it’s essentially a Spanish (or Filipino) version of creme caramel. And if you’ve never had creme caramel, what’s your deal? That’s a classic dessert. Get it together.
As you’d expect, the ice cream version of it at Bang Bang is delicious, because everything at Bang Bang is delicious.
The ice cream itself has a really great custardy flavour (and it goes without saying that it’s incredibly creamy and rich). It’s topped with a very intense caramel sauce that has a flavour that’s right on the verge of being burnt. It’s so great.
There’s also a piece of crunchy sugar on top that’s maybe a bit too substantial, but otherwise has the same rich flavour as the sauce. I know it’s cold out, so maybe you don’t feel like eating ice cream, but this is too delicious to pass up.
Location: 318 Queen Street West (inside Lululemon)
I’m very late to the party on the charcoal cones at iHalo Krunch. But hey, if you’re curious about that thing you saw all over Instagram last year, here I am to talk about it ridiculously late.
Would it surprise you to hear that this Instagram-famous ice cream cone is all style, no substance? Because at this point, it probably shouldn’t.
It’s fine — but of course, the most interesting thing about it is the way it looks.
I ordered the black on black, which is coconut flavoured soft serve made jet black thanks to “activated charcoal” (which is basically edible charcoal with some alleged health benefits) served in a charcoal cone.
The ice cream has a pleasant coconut flavour, but there’s really not much to it. It’s also way too thin, with a distinct lack of creaminess.
The cone is fine. It’s a cone that happens to be black. Nothing else about it stands out.
And of course, I don’t think I saw anyone order it and not take a photo, because why else would you order this thing? It’s essentially an edible prop.
Location: 630 The Queensway, Etobicoke
…Specifically, it’s closing in just over a couple of weeks, on the 25th of November. So you should probably head over there while you still can.
Yes, it’s starting to get a bit chilly outside, so an ice cream joint with no indoor seating probably isn’t too high on your list of priorities. But delicious is delicious — cold schmold.
I just tried the Jack and Jill sundae, which features vanilla soft serve topped with chocolate and marshmallow sauces. The soft serve was as creamy and tasty as ever, and the chocolate/marshmallow combination is a clear winner.