Burnt Marshmallow at Ed’s Real Scoop

Ed's Real ScoopLocation: 189 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://www.edsrealscoop.com/

I’ve mentioned before that the ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop can be a bit hit and miss.  One of their more consistent flavours, however, is the burnt marshmallow.  It’s pretty much always delicious.

Ed's Real Scoop

I mean, how could it not be delicious?  It’s basically sweet cream, which is clearly the best flavour at Ed’s, with a rich, deeply flavourful caramel sauce swirled in.  It only just barely tastes like burnt marshmallow (it tastes more like creme caramel to me), but more importantly, it tastes delicious.

Ed's Real Scoop

And the ice cream itself is nice and creamy, though like all of the ice cream at Ed’s in the last few years, it has a slightly gummy texture that I find marginally off-putting.  It’s not a huge deal, but it’s there and it’s unfortunate (I will concede that in this particular case, the gumminess could be attributed to the fact that this is a marshmallow flavour.  But it’s there in all of their flavours, sadly).

Middling Gelato at Ed’s Real Scoop

Ed's Real ScoopLocation: 189 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttps://www.edsrealscoop.com/

I’ve mentioned before that I quite like Ed’s Real Scoop, but that really, their sweet cream is where it’s at.  It’s outstanding.  Their other flavours are disappointingly hit-and-miss.

But in all my dozens of visits to the place over the years, I’ve never bothered to try their gelato.  This is going to be a short post — more of a PSA than anything else — because it’s not very good.  I’d advise that you stick to the ice cream.  Specifically, stick to the sweet cream.

I tried the pistachio and the bacio (chocolate hazelnut), and both of the flavours were pretty weak.  There just wasn’t much there, other than a generic sweetness.  This tends to be an issue with their ice cream, too, but at least in that case they’re starting with a great quality base.

Alas, the gelato itself was thin and underwhelming, with barely any creaminess at all.  It’s a waste of time when the ice cream is right there.

Quality Ice Cream at Ed’s Real Scoop

Ed's Real ScoopLocation: 920 Queen Street East, Toronto
Websitehttps://www.edsrealscoop.com/

I like Ed’s a lot, though it tends to be a bit hit-and-miss.  Still, it’s one of the better places for ice cream in the city, and as you can see from the picture above, it’s popular.

And while the quality is a bit inconsistent, their sweet cream is always delicious.  It’s about as simple as a flavour can get; as the name implies, it’s basically just sweetened cream.  It’s proof that if you’re starting with good quality stuff, you don’t need elaborate flavourings and chunks mixed in.

Ed's Real Scoop

My second scoop was chocolate, and remember when I said this place is hit-and-miss?  Yeah, it was pretty middling.

I also checked out the Roncesvalles location recently; I got one scoop of sweet cream, and one of chocolate peanut butter.  Again, the sweet cream was amazing, and the other flavour was just okay.

Ed's Real Scoop

I should probably just stick with sweet cream.