Summer is beginning to wind down, which means we need to take advantage of ice cream weather while we still can. And what better way to do that than by indulging in an ice cream sandwich? We’re counting down our favourite hand-held frozen treats in the city; tell us yours in the comments below.
Bang Bang Ice Cream and Bakery (90 Ossington Ave, bangbangicecream.com)
Bang Bang is a new offshoot of the popular Bakerbots bakery, and though it’s only been open a few months, it’s quickly become Toronto’s go-to place for ice cream sandwiches this summer. Choose which ice cream flavour you’d like sandwiched between one cookie (half a sandwich – $4.50) or two cookies (full sandwich – $7). If you’d rather not have a cookie, you can also wedge your ice cream between macarons, puff pastry, or waffles. The flavour combinations are inventive and seemingly endless.
Home of the Brave (589 King St.W, www.thehotb.com)
This Americana-style diner prides itself on its fresh comfort food, and nothing is more comforting than their rotating menu of ice cream sandwiches. From mint chocolate chip ice cream between chocolate meringue, to coconut ice cream sandwiched between two glazed donuts, to strawberry-rhubarb ice cream between slices of shortcake, we’ve yet to try one we didn’t love.
Sweet Flour Bake Shop (2352 Bloor St. W., www.sweetflour.ca)
Satisfy your custom cookie craving at this west-end shop, which allows you to build your own ice cream sandwich by selecting your choice of cookie (chocolate chunk, double chocolate, oatmeal or gluten-free chocolate chunk), your ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or mint) and your mix-ins (chocolate shavings, toffee pieces or sprinkles). The resulting sandwich is huge, but you can also opt to order a “half-wich” if you’d prefer a smaller serving.
The Bill Chill (367 Manning Ave., thebigchill.ca)
This old-fashioned ice cream parlour is a College Street favourite for their decadent ice cream and non-dairy options, but it’s their ice cream sandwiches that keep us coming back for more. Choose from a wide variety of ice cream flavours and get it sandwiched between two giant homemade cookies.
Be Good Gelato (twitter.com/begoodgelato)
Looking for an artisanal frozen treat? How about one that’s delivered right to your door? The folks behind Be Good Gelato ice cream cart pasteurize their own all-natural base from scratch to create hand-made, small batches of gelato. From Belgian chocolate to Madagascar vanilla, there’s sure to be a flavour to tempt you. You can follow their Twitter feed at @begoodgelato to see where they will be each day, or place a delivery order if you’re in the downtown core.
Honourable Mentions: The Gabardine, The Burger's Priest, Uncle Betty's, Tori's Bakeshop, Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery