The best way to ride out a heat wave? With an ice-cold dessert, of course.

That was Amy Wood’s thinking when she nipped out of the office this week to buy some freezies for herself and two colleagues.

But much to her dismay, the nearby Hasty Market was all sold out. She went across the street to another convenience store, but it was the same sad, empty scene inside their freezer too.

Has Toronto been stricken with a freezie shortage, she wondered?

“I couldn’t even find one freezie,” Wood laughed. “It wasn’t even like we could cut one in three pieces!”

Luckily, there are still plenty of freezies to go around, according to Larry Denley, vice-president of sales at Kisko, the maker of Mr. Freeze products.

But because of the exceptionally hot weather, stores are being forced to restock earlier than usual. At Kisko, freezie orders are up about 30 to 50 per cent compared to the same time last year, Denley said.

“Up until now, I think most stores were OK,” Denley said. “After the weekend, however, Monday was really quite busy in terms of people calling and saying ‘Look, we’ve got to get some more product.’”

But ice cream cones have also been selling like hot cakes — or is that cold cakes? — thanks to the sweltering heat. At Dutch Dreams, the busy ice cream parlour at Vaughan Road and St. Clair Avenue, sales are up about 11 per cent, owner Theo Aben said.