Frozen delights tempt even the calorie conscious
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The days of vanilla or chocolate are over. In today’s multi colour world of ice cream, the variations are limitless. From low-fat to no-fat, cream based to non-dairy, frozen treats come in all shapes and sizes and from all corners of the city.
For good-old-fashioned authentic ice cream, try Ed’s Real Scoop in the beaches. There really is an Ed and he really does make the ice cream. And if you’re not afraid of some real calories, try the exceptionally popular crème brûlée flavour. Also a crowd pleaser is the white chocolate-raspberry. For a seasonal spin on things, try the mango cream concoction.
If the mango sounds appealing, but the cream causes you to shudder at the prospect of a date with the treadmill, travel north to Hollywood Gelato. Located at Bayview and Eglinton, this small family-run business offers more than 20 flavours of Italian gelati.
“There’s less fat and less calories because gelato is milk-based not cream-based,” explains part-owner Mary-Ellen Aelick. “It is also more dense because there’s less air pumped into it.”
Signature flavours include mango, Mars (the chocolate bar), and rocky rocher “which tastes like Ferrero Rocher chocolate,” Ailick says.
Flavours change with the season. “In the summer we go heavy into fruit flavours so we have kiwi, banana, and blood orange,” Ailick says. This year’s additions include Lemon Meringue and Carrot Cake.
For those who want creamy but not cream, try Summer’s Ice Cream in Yorkville. “We offer a non-dairy, low-calorie and fat-free soft serve product by Wow Cow and Dole Whip,” explains owner Len Tokey. With flavours like vanilla, chocolate, coffee, raspberry and mango they don’t skimp on variety.
For the more traditional calorie-conscious there are six frozen yogurts to choose from. Strawberry, raspberry, banana, chocolate, tropical fruit and strawberry-banana are all on the menu.
For something more unique, try their famous Toronto pot-hole flavour. A combination of rocky road and heavenly hash, it’s worth the extra calories. Also worth its weight is the summer creation, strawberry-rhubarb.