There are very few foods that I dislike. Until there was ice cream. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. How could I not like ice cream? But it’s true. I found it to be frozen sweetness that was sometimes freezer burned sweetness. I would only have it with friends and family. I guess you could call me a social ice cream eater. So maybe I didn’t dislike it. I just liked it. Then when I moved to Kingston, I started to love it. Kingston has a flare for home made ice cream among all other things food related. Basically it boils,or freezes, down to 3 places here in Kingston that serve local ice cream.
Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar
Normally you wouldn’t expect to find ice cream in a cafe. However, this cafe boasts a reputation for having a vast selection of home made desserts. Ice cream included. Given the fact that this is one of my favourite cafes in Kingston, I was already lured in. They have a unique variety of ice cream flavours to choose from including key lime, apple pie, campfire s’mores, and rhubarb ginger
Personal favourite: Rhubarb ginger. I wasn’t always a fan of rhubarb until I tried this flavour. If there’s ginger involved in anything I’ll most likely try it. The bold flavour of the ginger does not overpower the delicate flavour of the rhubarb. That’s what makes it such a wonderful flavour.
Oh Mio Gelato, what is not to love about you? I have not encountered a single flavour that I didn’t like or didn’t love for that matter. The hardest part about coming to this place is choosing your flavour combinations. A small gelato contains two generous scoops of two different flavours and a large contains three generous scoops. This seasonal venue makes the best use of the fresh local fruits.
Personal favourite: Blueberry sorbetto with peach sorbetto. This combination is the quintessential combination of summer flavours. I can’t tell you which one I love more. When the peach sorbetto is in the shop, my heart just sings with excitement. I relish in watching the staff prepare the peaches with the tender loving care they deserve for this delightful sorbetto. The best part: the sorbetto is made with fresh Ontario peaches. The blueberry sorbetto is phenomenal. The fact that you can see the blueberry skins in the gelato just goes to show you that there are no artificial flavours. No sir-ee. You can taste the fresh flavour in both.
White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream
Another seasonal location that is about 10 steps away from Mio Gelato, White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream takes a different approach to their ice cream making. They offer two flavours: chocolate and vanilla. Both flavours are used as the background to showcase their versatility. Although this location is seasonal, the great thing is that you can still get your White Mountain ice cream fix from a nearby cafe downtown: Coffee & Company. This is great for those of you who still crave ice cream on a winter day. I haven’t gotten to that point yet. But who knows, maybe one day I will.
Personal favourite: Chocolate white chocolate. I like chocolate. I like white chocolate. What’s not to love? You also can’t go wrong with any flavour combination at this wonderful place.
Aside from the ice cream, what do all these places have in common? They are all close to the downtown waterfront. Excellent urban planning in my opinion. When you’re down by the water on a hot summer day, there’s nothing like some local ice cream to cool you down. Try any one of these places and you’ll see what I mean. If you want to be adventurous and go for your own “ice cream tour,” then by all means be my guest! Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments below!