Intense Hot Chocolate at SOMA Chocolatemaker

SOMA ChocolatemakerLocation: 32 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Website: https://www.somachocolate.com/

They sell hot chocolate at SOMA Chocolatemaker — but not just any hot chocolate.  You have the option to get it as “an intense shot,” which is just what it sounds like.  It’s basically like drinking pure, melted chocolate.

SOMA Chocolatemaker

It’s not as overwhelming as it sounds; it’s thick and rich, but it’s still drinkable.  It’s not quite at the consistency of melted chocolate, even if it’s close.

You can get Mayan hot chocolate, which is amped up with chili peppers and spices, or you can get the good old classic, which is what I ordered on this particular visit (I like the Mayan version too, but I do find that the spices kind of distract from the amazing chocolate).

SOMA Chocolatemaker

It’s amazing.  Of course it’s amazing; SOMA makes some of the best chocolate in the world, and they have the accolades to prove it.  The flavour is rich and complex, with just the right amount of sweetness.  I can’t imagine that a better cup of hot chocolate exists.

Delicious Bread Pudding and Pie at Bobbette and Belle

Bobbette and BelleLocation: 1121 Queen Street East, Toronto
Website: http://bobbetteandbelle.com/

It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that Bobbette and Belle is one of the best bakeries in the GTA.  Maybe the best?  It’s right up there, that’s for sure.

I tried the apple bread pudding on a recent visit, which they heat up and serve with a very tasty custard sauce.  I mean, look at it.  Do I even need to mention that it’s delicious?  Of course it’s delicious.

Bobbette and Belle

It’s crispy on its exterior and creamy inside, with a great custardy flavour.  The apples give it a nice zing, and the melty chocolate (yes, there’s melty chocolate in there, in case it didn’t already seem amazing enough) compliments it so well.  My only real complaint is that the apples are a bit crisp.  I know some people like their apples firm in pies and baked goods, but those people are wrong.  Tender apples 4 eva.

Still, the whole thing is so tasty that it just barely matters.

On another visit (yeah, I’ve been there a bunch, so what, wanna fight about it?) I tried the coconut banana cream pie, which was even better.

Bobbette and Belle

I love both banana cream pies and coconut cream pies, so I have no idea why it never occurred to me that you could combine the two, but you can and it’s amazing.  There’s also a layer of dulce de leche at the bottom of the pie, which gives the whole thing a rich, caramely flavour — and yet it’s not too sweet.  It’s perfect.

The crust is great too — crispy but not overly crunchy, with a nice buttery flavour and a mild sweetness that works amazingly well with the rest of the pie.  The whole thing is ridiculously good.

Old School Gelato at La Paloma

La PalomaLocation: 1357 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Website: http://lapaloma.ca/

La Paloma has been around since 1967, so it’s pretty much the OG gelateria in the GTA.  You can’t argue with that type of history; they’re obviously doing something right (though I recently panned Johnny’s Hamburgers, which has also been around since 1967, so I guess you can argue with that type of history).

Anyway, it’s good.  It might not be the best gelato in the city, but it’s definitely not the Johnny’s of ice cream.

La Paloma

On my most recent visit I had the Sicilian pistachio.  It tasted like they were using pistachio flavouring or even other nuts in there (something about the flavour was a bit off), and it was a bit too sweet, but it’s still quite satisfying.

It helps that the texture is great, with a nice creamy richness.  It’s definitely above average.

Rolled Ice Cream at Wow Wow Yum Yum

Wow Wow Yum YumLocation: 4141 Dixie Road, Mississauga (inside Rockwood Mall)
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wow-Wow-Yum-Yum/809769729167391

I’ll admit that I had basically written off rolled ice cream as a gimmick.  The one time I tried it previously, in Kensington Market, I thought it was fine, but a bit thin and mediocre.

Wow Wow Yum Yum, on the other hand, has me convinced that rolled ice cream can be just as tasty as the traditional churned variety.

Wow Wow Yum Yum

If you’re not familiar with this type of ice cream, what makes it so distinct is that it’s essentially created right on the spot.  It’s made by pouring the unfrozen ice cream mixture directly onto an ice-cold anti-griddle.  The mixture then freezes almost instantly, and is rolled up and served in a cup.

Wow Wow Yum Yum

It was way better than I thought it would be.  It’s remarkably rich and creamy — if you close your eyes and forget about the gimmick, it’s just really good quality ice cream.

My only real issue here was the flavour.  I tried their most popular, Nutella banana, which had the problem that plagues so many banana desserts — the banana they used was clearly underripe.  That was a bit of a bummer.

A Tasty Snack at Futura Granita + Gelato

Futura Granita + GelatoLocation: 964 Saint Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Website: https://www.facebook.com/futuragraniteria/

The smallest size of gelato at Futura Granita + Gelato is basically the size of a Dixie cup; all ice cream places should offer this.  Sometimes, a bit of ice cream would hit the spot, but you’re not necessarily hungry enough for a full-blown dessert.  A size like this is perfect.

And the gelato itself is quite good.  I’ll have to come back at some point to try the granita, which is essentially an Italian version of sorbet.

Futura Granita + Gelato

I tried the stracciatella, which is a classic gelato flavour in which crunchy chocolate is mixed into a sweet cream base.

The gelato itself was definitely above average, with a nice creamy consistency and a satisfying flavour.  The tasty dark chocolate complements it quite well.  It’s a quality scoop.