Toronto’s frigid winter months were made for curling up with a warm mug of hot cocoa. Escape the chilly air inside these local cafés where the hot chocolate is sweet, spicy and sinfully delicious.
If you’ve ever known someone with a nut allergy, you know it’s no joke. Many treats that the rest of us take for granted are just not on the table for these folks. Enter the nut-free bakery! Here’s where you can find delicious treats in Toronto that are safe for your kids to take to school.
If you've ever looked closely around Toronto, chances are you've noticed we like our doughnuts. Whether they’re pre-made at a chain that sells at gas stations or handmade by a local patisserie chef, those deep fried, sugary balls of dough have captured our taste buds. Look no further than this list for some of the best high-end doughnuts in the city.
Cupcakes are an affordable indulgence that sweet-toothed Torontonians just can’t seem to get enough of. These whimsical confections are an ideal single-serving treat to enjoy alone or pick up en masse for a party. Here are a few local dessert shops where the cupcakes truly take the cake.
You don’t need to own a bulky waffle iron or get messy with batter to enjoy delicious waffles. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, Toronto's got you covered with a wide variety of enticing waffles to choose from.
The CNE opens this Friday, so to get you in the mood for the festivities, I’ve gathered five enticing items that are as fun to eat as they are delicious. Just remember - you’re going to need a lot of napkins.
Thursday, November 26th is National Cake Day, so I thought we should celebrate. Big time. After all, you don’t see many cakes on menus these days, unless it’s flourless chocolate, molten lava (really?) or cheesecake. Restaurant dessert sway towards tarts, puddings and recently, ever variety of s'mores.
When attempting to beat the heat this summer, why not try out TO’s colourful food trend: gourmet popsicles. Walk away from the run-of-the-mill popsicles and embrace natural fruit juice iced pops and paletas perfected by these shops across the city. [Image credit: iStock.com/jenifoto]
Asian-inspired ice cream has taken Toronto by storm. With tropical sorbets, robust teas, savoury sesames and more, these treats are worth sampling and scooping to your heart’s content. This isn’t a chocolate and vanilla kind of roundup, so try something new next time you’re craving a frozen, creamy and oh-so-decadent dessert. [Image credit: iStock.com/AnnaPustynnikova]
Made from crispy, flaky dough piped with pastry cream and traditionally topped with chocolate icing, éclairs have caught food-trend fire in Toronto, with expert pastry chefs serving up fun variations that rival those found on the streets of Paris. Head to these Toronto patisseries when you’re craving this classic French dessert, they’ll be offering rich flavour fusions that are absolutely to die for. [Feature image: Nugateau]
There’s no birthday, wedding or special occasion without a cake. If you’re vegan or have dietary restrictions, you can still order a delicious cake or cupcakes for your special day. From chocolate to cheesecake to marzipan, you can find specialty dairy- and egg-free cakes and cupcakes at these vegan-friendly bakeries in Toronto. [Feature image: Tori’s Bakeshop] 
If you’re vegan or have a lactose intolerance, you don’t have to sacrifice having ice cream anymore. There are so many places in Toronto where you can indulge in dairy-free, egg-free ice cream. And, there’s nothing boring about them either. In fact, these vegan ice cream parlours are just as epic as their dairy counterparts. [Feature image: Nanashake]
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