The best spots for gourmet popsicles in Toronto

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]

Augie's Ice Pops

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10-1444 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 4H3

A search for gourmet popsicles in Toronto ends with Augie’s ice pops topping the list. What began as a neighbourhood stand in Roncesvalles has burgeoned into a renowned handcrafted popsicle brand you’ll find in nearly ever farmers market in Toronto. Freshly made from handpicked fruits and herbs, if you can think up a fruit, berry and herb combination, Augie’s has it. And what’s in the name? The spot is named after the family pooch.

The Pop Stand (Food Truck)

Toronto, ON

The signature polka dot pop mobile at every city festival and artisan market, The Pop Stand serves gourmet ice treats that won’t let you down. Sourced from fresh handpicked local ingredients, their flavours range from posh raspberry hibiscus to the universal strawberries and cream. Wondering if beer and gingerbread pair well? Try The Pop Stand’s Guinness Gingerbread flavour – the answer is yes.

Sweet Jesus

2
106 John St, Toronto, ON M5H 1X9

Sweet Jesus! That’s exactly what you’ll find yourself gasping aloud when you see and taste their iced treats. Delivering 100 per cent on their lofty claim of “making something that tastes and looks unlike anything you’ve had or seen before,” this gourmet ice-creamery with a cult following serves out of multiple Toronto locations. Their over-the-top and out-of-the-box offerings brings about a state of sugary Zen that you’ll recover from only by going back for more.

The Tampered Press

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256 Crawford St, Toronto, ON M6J 2V8

Known mostly as a hybrid café and community space with a mismatched interior and a rustic aesthetic, the Tampered Press also serves up a delicious range of iced offerings which includes seasonal gourmet ice pops that provide a cool respite from a sunny afternoon at Trinity Bellwoods (located right across the street). Favourite flavours include the blueberry mojito and the tart lemon cheesecake.

Halo Pr

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598 Richmond St W Main, Toronto, ON M5V 1Y9

If you’re hosting a summer event or BBQ and looking for ice pops in bulk, Coco & Cowe’s confections, might be just the ticket. At $4 a pop, their frozen treats make for a solid summer cool down. Berry Good, Vacay, Surfbort and Fruit Party Fantasy are just four of their flavours that you and your guests will fall in love with.

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