BY ANNA MARSZALEK
Toronto’s best ice cream and gelato shops feature a colourful array of flavours
There are many reasons why we all scream for chilled treats like ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato—even while the temperature hovers around zero degrees. Yes, it offers cool format on hot summer days, but it can also be a delicious stress reliever year-round. Whether it’s served in a waffle cone or cup, or on a stick, the effect is the same: pure, melt-in-your-mouth joy. Below, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite stopping spots for Toronto’s best ice cream, gelato and more.
BY ANNA MARSZALEK
Dlish makes some of Toronto’s best cupcakes at two downtown locations
This city’s great cupcake boom may have run its course (as all food trends inevitably do), but while the buzz has died down, the baking continues apace. Now, wherever you find yourself, some of Toronto’s best cupcakes are never far away. Read on for our favourite spots for picking up creative versions of the classic single-serving treat.
By MACRINA SMART
Chocolate Banana is one of the many flavours available from top Toronto cake shop Dufflet
There are few desserts that can match a good cake. Whether you’re celebrating, crying, coping or just plain craving, cake is a classic go-to treat. From weddings to weekend dinner parties and everything in between, there are so many reasons to indulge in a delicious piece of cake—or pie, if you prefer a bit more pastry with your slice of sweetness. These three businesses are among Toronto’s best cake and pie shops.
Lucky’s Doughnuts are a decadent treat
Canada boasts more doughnut shops per capita than any other country. Now you can add one more to the tally: Lucky’s Doughnuts, tucked away in the new 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Cafe on Main Street. Watch 13 types of doughnuts—including a bacon-apple fritter and a salted-caramel old-fashioned—being handcrafted in front of you. Just make sure to leave your diet at home.—Sheri Radford
By LAUREN CRACOWER
Inniya's Cupcakes (Photo: Lauren Cracower)
Cupcakes are beyond the “trend” phase in most cities but are no less popular, having proven their staying power and become an institution on the culinary scene. Now it’s all about individual takes on the venerable sweet treat: inventive new combinations that transcend red velvet and chocolate buttercream frosting.
Here’s a mouthwatering look at our top five favourite cupcake boutiques in Montreal. (more…)
Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts, a cookbook by Alice Medrich
May 6 and 7
Don’t know your rolling pin from your pastry brush? Don’t worry. Alice Medrich’s Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts (Artisan Press; $29.95) is filled with foolproof recipes grouped under enticing headings such as Pudding Pleasure, Lickety-Split Cakes, and Sweet Bites. Beginners and experts alike will be baking up a storm in no time. Meet the “First Lady of Chocolate” at two events at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks: Alice’s Tea Party on May 6 and Alice in Dessertland on May 7.—Sheri Radford
Gargamel cake at Fous Desserts
By Marcella DeVincenzo
Montreal’s pastry chefs have got flaky pastries, rich mousses and cream-filled confections from around the globe down to a science. Here are some of the city’s sweet favourites. (more…)
Chocolates by Thierry. Photo by KK Law
Every chocoholic on your shopping list will salivate over tempting treats from Thierry (pictured), Purdy’s Chocolates and Thomas Haas. The only challenge is resisting temptation long enough to wrap and give the gifts—without sampling a handful along the way.—Sheri Radford
THIERRY Open late. 1059 Alberni St. 604-608-6870. www.thi
PURDY’S CHOCOLATES Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia St. 604-683-3467. 2196 W. 4th Ave. 604-730-8669. 2705 Granville St. 604-732-7003. www.purdys.com
THOMAS HAAS CHOCOLATES AND PATISSERIE $. B/L (Tu-Sa). 2539 W. Broadway. 604-736-1848. 998 Harbourside Dr., North Vancouver. 604-924-1847. www.thomashaas.com
TWG's World Voyage Christmas Tea Set, sold at The Urban Tea Merchant
Vancouver’s haven for fans of a leisurely cuppa is The Urban Tea Merchant, with its serene space for sipping and savouring, not to mention nibbling…on scones, tea sandwiches and petite sweets. The shop sells every kind of tea imaginable, plus elegant items for the home. Thanks to a new partnership with the luxury tea brand TWG, the shop also stocks perfect presents such as the World Voyage Christmas Tea Set (pictured), containing six palate-pleasing teas—enough to convert even a diehard coffee enthusiast.—Sheri Radford
THE URBAN TEA MERCHANT $$. B/L/D (daily). 1070 W. Georgia St. 604-692-0071.
The Village at Park Royal, 825 Main St., West Vancouver. 604-926-3392.
Frankies Candy Bar
Dentists tend to avoid Frankies Candy Bar, but everyone else loves the colourful shop, which is bursting with sugary snacks such as chocolate-covered gummy bears, lollipops, candy rocks, sour gummy worms and gumballs. Anglophiles especially adore the hard-to-find treats from England. Stop by before Halloween to stock up on Pop Rocks, Giant Chewy Nerds, Big League Chew and Tooty Frooties for trick-or-treating ghosts and goblins.—Sheri Radford
Frankies Candy Bar, 5305 West Blvd. 604-568-3107.