What We Love This Month: Ice Cream Edition

Just in time for summer, we share our favourite ice cream shops


Summer is here, which means you have a go-to reason for eating lots of ice cream.

Kawartha Dairy, Bobcaygeon, Ontario 

If you find yourself in Ontario’s cottage country this summer, you must make a trip to Kawartha Dairy. This family-run business has been around for nearly 80 years and has locations throughout the region including Peterborough, Huntsville and Barrie. I always go for the pralines and cream, which I think is the best—although many of my family members will tell you Death By Chocolate is the way to go. Either way, get a scoop (or two) in a waffle cone and take a container back to the cottage with you.  —Sara Samson, associate editor 

COWS, Prince Edward Island 

When I took my first trip to P.E.I., there were a few culinary musts on my to-do list: lobster, potatoes and, of course, COWS ice cream. The iconic ice cream shop has been serving buttery, creamy scoops since 1983 and now features more than 30 flavours at each of its six P.E.I. locations. After my first lick of mint chocolate chip in a waffle cone (each cone is made-to-order), I was hooked. I stood in the long line-up at Cavendish for it, and again in Charlottetown, and it was so worth it. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial assistant 

Foubert’s, London, England  

For me, a trip home to London would not be complete without a stop in at Foubert’s Italian ice cream parlour. This friendly, family-run café in London’s Chiswick neighbourhood has been serving up homemade ice cream since 1978, and when I was a kid growing up in West London, this was my family’s go-to spot for a summer treat. My order is the same today as it was back then: a triple scoop of coffee, pistachio and chocolate. —Diane Bolt, assistant editor

Murphy’s Ice Cream, County Kerry, Ireland

If you’re planning a trip through Ireland’s County Kerry, then a stop at the original Murphy’s Ice Cream shop in the seaside town of Dingle is a must. I love this place. The ice cream here is all-natural, hand-made with real ingredients that include free-range eggs, organic sugar and farm-fresh milk from Kerry cows. And the flavours? Deliciously unique, and exceedingly Irish. Be sure to try the Dingle Sea Salt (they actually harvest the salt from Dingle waters) and the Carmelised Brown Bread; the friendly staff will let you do plenty of sampling before you place your order. —Jill Foran, editor