I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. With summer’s arrival in the Bay of Quinte region, things are heating up. So what better way to drop your own personal temperature than with a cooling cone? If you’re hoping to dip into a little frozen dairy, here are five great local ice cream spots to try.
Started just a few years ago by an enterprising young student seeking summer employment, The Scoop quickly established itself as a premium Stirling “hot-spot!” Situated right across from The Stirling Theatre, this little ice cream stand handily pulls in the theatre crowd, as well as shoppers and passers-by strolling about the “Little Village with a Big Heart.” Serving up creamy Kawartha Ice Cream in cone, bowl and milkshake form, The Scoop runs a booming business all summer long. Who could resist the pralines and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough or maybe even a little blue bubblegum? Reasonably priced regular cones hold two generous scoops while those sporting a slightly smaller sweet-tooth can downsize to the Kiddie Cone.
In nearby Ivanhoe, most people usually think cheese when connecting this highway 62 hamlet with dairy. And only those with steely self-control could resist sampling a little of the piquant horseradish cheddar or velvety mozzarella regularly churned out at the Ivanhoe Cheese Factory Outlet. Still, whatever you do, don’t skip the ice cream. Even though Ivanhoe’s dairy business dates back to the 1870’s, the ice cream flavours sold today go well beyond old school vanilla and chocolate. Try the chocolate and peanut butter speckled Moosetracks or a little Black Raspberry Thunder. Indulge in a hand-scooped cone or an old-fashioned milk-shake. And then, of course, head right back to the cheese section. No one will blame you for picking up a bag of gorgeously squeaky-fresh cheese curd to enjoy once the ice cream’s all gone.
Tweed-bound travellers can explore this charming eastern Ontario town to their hearts’ content, secure in the knowledge ice cream respite awaits at the north end of town. Go ahead and check out the province’s smallest jail. Ooh and ah over the beautiful marble church on highway 37. But when the going gets tough, head straight for Arctic Rock Ice Cream and place your order. Sample a little Campfire Creme, some Apple Pie or a scoop of scrumptious Cotton Candy. Yes, folks, these exotic concoctions are actual ice cream flavours. And they’re delicious, too. With such a wide range of fantastic choices available, making a final decision could prove agonizing!
Cruising back along Highway 7 and need a break? Stop in at Madoc for all kinds of frozen treats. Dairy experts since 1937, Burnside’s Casual Dining / Madoc Dairy makes a great destination when ice cream calls your name on the way home from cottage country. Choose and enjoy from a delicious array of chilling delights, including sundaes, shakes, banana splits and a slew of delicious cones, including waffle, cookie and pretzel. Twenty-four choices of hard ice cream plus soft-serve await your deliberations. And while you’re there, check out the Christmas giftware selection available year-round at Tom’s Cabin. If the ice cream doesn’t cool you down, perhaps wintry holiday shopping thoughts will do the trick!
Closer to the bay, Ontario’s largest independent dairy has been serving up treats galore for over a hundred years. Look for the iconic red and white Reid’s Dairy castle on Bell Boulevard and try not to drool when placing your order. Choose from a broad range of delicious hard ice cream flavours or dip into a little soft-serve made with real cream. Take your cone out to the duck pond or settle at an inside table and enjoy your ice cream in air-conditioned comfort. Ogle the sundae toppings listed on the board above the counter and consider upgrading to a bowl topped with smarties, cookie dough or house-made hot fudge. Not quite ready for dessert, but want to take some home? Ice cream lovers who prefer to snack on a little Tiger Tail or Caramel Sponge Toffee in the comfort of their own kitchen can buy the stuff in 1.65 and 2 litre tubs. Craving a convenient and economical treat in a hurry? Simply pull up to the drive-through window and order a loonie shake to go. Yum!
Whether you’re seeking scoops or soft-serve, cone or bowl, shake or sundae, plenty of places in Bay of Quinte region dish up delectable ice cream just when you need it most. Think summer, think ice cream and go ahead; give yourself a treat!