What better time to post some sweet ice cream photos than now, when it’s hot and sticky out? This summer has been a scorcher so far and it doesn’t look like it’s cooling down anytime soon. All the more reason to replenish our languid, jelly-like bodies with some lickety yummy ice cream! Located in the posh neighbourhood of Yorkville, Summer’s Homemade Ice Cream is, in my opinion, a great oasis for sweetness. Surrounded by Italian restaurants, sushi bars, and little cafes, I’d say Summer’s has a pretty good monopoly on the ice cream scene in the neighbourhood. Granted, you can get cupcakes, cakes, chocolates, truffles, and gelato at Dessert Lady, and you can grab a slice of cheesecake at Carole’s Cheesecake Cafe. And I’ll even throw in a bone and say that Carole’s also offers some ice cream from Greg’s Ice Cream in the Annex (blog post coming soon!). But a full-fledged ice cream shop? Summer’s is a your best best.
I’d compare Summer’s to places like Cold Stone Creamery and Marble Slab in terms of size and overall pricing, and the place is a magnet for kids, adults, and celebrities alike. Oh yes, celebrities. Judging by the photos and newspaper articles pinned to a board in the ice cream shop, it’s a hot spot for those involved in the glitz and glam of Hollywood including the likes of Dakota Fanning and Kate Hudson. *whispers* I’ll be honest: I’m just here for the sugar.
Summer’s line-up of ice cream flavours isn’t what I would call out of this world or wacky. You won’t find anything that will make you furrow your eyebrows and think, “what in blue blazing hell is this?!” However, their selection of ice cream flavours are DELICIOUS, for both the palate and the ears. Let’s put it this way: you won’t be drawn to the flavours because of their weirdness or uniqueness necessarily, but you will be drawn by how good they sound. And of course, undoubtedly, how yummy they taste.
My personal favourites from their menu board: apple cinnamon pie, cherry-o cheesecake (cheesecake ice cream with cherry puree and cinnamon graham cracker crumble!), chocolate orange, Irish cream (think Baileys. OH YES.), key lime pie, strawberry banana. I’m definitely going to get my tastebuds on the cherry cheesecake and apple cinnamon pie someday!
Amidst the delicious sounding flavours, Summer’s does have their own special, claim-to-fame flavour that sets them apart from other parlours and makes them uniquely Toronto: Toronto Pothole! 😀 It makes my laugh because it’s so tongue-in-cheek. We’re not exactly known for our smooth, flawless roads in the city and there are roads in the city that are riddled with potholes so bad you might as well bring a hard hat with you when you’re in the car. Jokes aside, Toronto Pothole is for the chocolate and nut lovers: almonds, marshmalllows, peanuts, chocolate chunks, road tar, and gravel. *snickers* Y’all know it’s just for fun. There really isn’t tar and gravel in it!
You all know how indecisive I am when it comes to choosing flavours for stuff, so I decided to get a two scoop with two different flavours. I love citrus flavours so I chose key lime pie, and I thought, “Irish cream should go yummy with that!” so there I had my 2 scoop sundae with my chocolate dipped waffle bowl (extra charge of $0.93) and my free topping for free topping Tuesday: chocolate sprinkles! Hey, if I’m going to go out for ice cream I’m going to make it awesome. Go big or go home, baby. And was my ice cream ever big! Thinking back, this thing ate like a meal and maybe it was a good thing it was so hot that day. I sweated my weight off in ice cream. I loved my combo, all sweet and fruity and creamy and perfect for summer. A juicy tang from the key lime pie and a nice fluffy cream texture from the Irish cream. LOVE!
Quite frankly, I’ve never had ice cream I didn’t like, so this was just golden to me. For those who like eating their ice cream in a cone, Summer’s offers a free waffle cone at no extra charge and Tuesday is free topping day! They also serve frozen yogurt and sorbet in a number of fruit flavours such as mango raspberry, raspberry, lemon, and blueberry. Enjoy the photos and stay cool everyone!
Summer’s Homemade Ice Cream is located at 101 Yorkville Ave. in Yorkville. Summer’s is accessible from both Bay St. and Avenue Rd. They open for business at 12pm noon, and the next time I go I’ll check up on their closing hours.