Sweet Ice Cream in Yorkville – Chocolate Dipped Waffle Bowls and Key Lime Pie & Irish Cream Ice Cream at Summer’s


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.

13 thoughts on “Sweet Ice Cream in Yorkville – Chocolate Dipped Waffle Bowls and Key Lime Pie & Irish Cream Ice Cream at Summer’s

  1. As always, a very comprehensive review on one of MY favourite ‘non-traditional’ food groups. You have such a keen memory. I don’t even remember what I got…I only remember the rainbow sprinkles. Haha. The rest is a yummy hazy of ice creamy goodness. Keep up the wonderful posts!!! We should plan an ice cream adventure again soon. 🙂

    • You had strawberry! Heehee. Your cone with sprinkles was adorable, it was so you. And eh, my memory’s not bad, but I can’t take the credit for the all info. Remember how I took photos of all the flavour tags and you were like, “you could just take a picture of the menu!” and I was like, “…Oh. That would have made more sense!” hahaha.

      And I couldn’t agree more, I will call you tomorrow! 😀

    • Aww, thanks ^_^ I didn’t feel too cute at the time though as I was gross and sweaty, haha! And yes, I love lime and lemon everything, YUM!

    • Noooo, don’t do that! 😀 Knowing friends and others look and read keeps me going. I love showing people the food around here, it’s so much fun. I know, I know, it’s not fun feeling hungry all the time, but I swear I don’t do it on purpose 😉

    • Yes, yes you did, I am indeed carrying a LUSH bag, haha! It’s a canvas tote bag that I bought from them a few years ago and it’s very roomy so I carry it almost everywhere now when I’m out.

      And yes, even I’m surprised as to how long my hair has grown! You don’t realize just how long your own hair is until you see yourself in photos! I got it trimmed and reshaped this past month, but I’m still growing it and keeping it long ^_^ I am happy you read and like what I post *hugs* xoxo

  2. Deb, even if your blog is meant for another locale, I still love it because there are so many pretty pictures! I especially love looking at the signs because they’re usually so creative and inspirational. Not to mention your own stuff as well!

    • Aww, coming from a fabulous photographer like yourself, that means a lot! I don’t have a DSLR (yet!) so I do the best I can. And yes, I love storefronts and their pretty signage too!

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