The best vegan ice cream in Toronto

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When the days are hot, nothing cools you down like an ice cream cone. Just because you follow a vegan diet, however, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this classic summer treat. Toronto has several vegan ice cream parlours and gelato shops offering a blend of traditional and unconventional flavours, made using seasonal summer fruits and dairy substitutes, like coconut and cashew milk. Here are five vegan ice cream spots worth checking out this summer.

Booyah

Opened in the summer of 2015, Booyah is a cozy ice cream parlour located in midtown that specializes in everything from hard scoops to ice cream sandwiches. All of their items can be crafted from vegan ice creams, featuring house-made cashew milk, without compromisinging the quality of the finished treat. Booyah also sells their vegan ice creams by the pint. The flavours rotate frequently, but past flavours have included chocolate, chocolate mint, vanilla, taro coconut, German chocolate, hokey pokey (vanilla with homemade sponge toffee chunks) and espresso.

Honey’s

Owned and operated by baker Ashley Wittig (a co-founder of beloved vegan bakery Bunner’s Bake Shop), Honey’s is known for dairy-free, plant-based ice creams that taste like the real thing. Not only does Honey’s vegan ice cream taste good, but it feels good, too — a portion of Honey’s monthly profits go directly towards several Indigenous-led organizations. There are currently 14 refreshing flavours on the menu, including two special flavours for the month of June: tiger tail and bubble gum. Other flavours include out-of-the-box blends like peanut butter and saltine crackers, plain yogurt and blueberry jam, earl grey and Atlantic salted caramel, alongside the classics like strawberry, chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies and cream, to name a few.