This summer’s queens of the Toronto frozen dessert gang

For those venturing into Toronto this summer, there’s a good chance you’re hoping to snag an ice cream at a local, trendy spot.

This summer, a set of sisters and a one-woman operation are becoming the hotspots for frozen dessert. Some might even call the pair the queens of frozen dessert in Toronto.

King West’s newest ice cream haven

Toronto entrepreneur Angela Phung took ice cream season to the next level with her latest venture, Happy Sundae.

Phung, who also operates aka.the store, debuted her new dessert boutique to the King West crowd in late June, serving up farm-to-table scoops with fresh and unique toppings. “Happy Sundae is a little happy place located at 85 Portland St. Toronto,” the website reads. “AKA, King West’s newest ice cream dessert heaven, specializing in soft serve ice cream and a wide range of toppings.  Whether it’s in a cone or cup, our Sweet Artists are ready to create your next dessert masterpiece because everyday [sic] is a Happy Sundae.”

Of course, in typical Phung fashion, the shop is nothing if not trendy, complete with a graffiti wall and Instagram-worthy floral accents. The decorations serve as the perfect backdrop to each Sweet Art of the Day creation, crafted in sundaes or colourful flavoured cones in flavours including s’mores sundae and orange creamsicle.

Both scoop and soft-serve options are available, with the scoop selection made by Mapton’s Organic Dairy Farm and the soft-serve flavours hand-crafted in-house daily. The soft-serve selection is both dairy-free and gluten-free, as are all of the flavoured cones. And, the Mapton’s offerings are gluten-free and are even made without salt, creating a healthier selection of ice creams for health-conscious visitors this summer season.

Happy Sundae is located at 85 Portland St.

Artisanal bars arrive in Summerhill

With ice cream season in full swing, two sisters from Port Carling have scooped out their corner of the Toronto market with their photo-ready shop, Bar32.

Sisters Sydney and Chloe Carron took their sweet treats from pop-ups in Port Carling to a Toronto pop-up on Macpherson Avenue, where they serve handmade, artisanal ice cream bars in weekly rotating flavours alongside a wide variety of scoop flavours. The list of flavour offerings can be found on the website. Among these flavours are a Madagascar vanilla bean and gourmand white chocolate raspberry.

Inside the space, the walls are decorated with cute, family-style photos on a gallery wall, and a block-letter decoration displaying the prices for scoops and bars.The Bar32 pop-up is spending the summer at 3 Macpherson Ave. in the Summerhill neighbourhood, joining the likes of businesses such as Grandma Loves You, Sam James Coffee Bar, Nadege Patisserie and more.

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