CREAM OF THE CROP
DUTCH DREAMS, ESPRESSO, 78 VAUGHAN ROAD
Susur Lee takes a bite of the first ice cream, then stares off into the distance as he lets the flavours register. Minutes pass, and the only sound is the clinking of his spoon as he proceeds on to each new dish. Then, after five minutes of silence, this: “I’ve got it.
Thank you.” And with that, he enumerates his top five. Dutch Dreams’ espresso wins for its lightness and rich, distinct flavours: “You taste the chocolate and then you taste the coffee. But at the same time, it melts in your mouth like a liquid. Sometimes ice cream doesn’t melt in your mouth because the fat content is really high,” says Lee.
Ed’s Real Scoop, choc. & PB fudge
“You know what would be really good? Just Wonder Bread. Spread this on, freeze it again, cut it into little cubes. After a barbecue with little kids? They would love that.” One little improvement? “The only wish is I need to have a little bit more chocolate,” says Lee.
920 Queen St. E. Price: $4.41
Village Chill, mint chocolate chip
“Mint is a very sensitive thing. A lot of people love it; a lot of people don’t love it.” Lee falls into the former category. “If you have something melt in your mouth and it’s minty fresh tasting and has a bit of that rich chocolate, that’s great. Ideal for a Sunday walk in the park.”
325B Lonsdale Rd. Price: $4.35
PASSION AND PRIDE
Xococava, saffron passion fruit
“This ice cream is very neutral. It’s good [for] introducing tropical fruit to people who don’t understand what ripe fruit is.” He wishes the passion fruit were stronger, to give it more acidity, and is surprised by the saffron–passion fruit mixture, but the overall blend works well.
1560 Yonge St. Price: $4.00
“I’m not so crazy about this one. There’s some kind of accent they’ve put in. It’s almost a banana-caramel-coffee that I’m having a hard time identifying, but it does not taste natural.” He also finds it a bit too sweet and suspects the nuts weren’t roasted. Good, not great.