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vanilla soft serve

Hot Dining: Top 5 Cool Desserts

Cantaberry ice cream dessert at BDI.

When the sun beats down and you need to cool off, think like a kid and reach for one of these creamy treats that deliver on flavour and creativity:

Renowned for its wide range of banana-flavoured ice cream treats, Banana Boat scores a hit with its banog milkshake. Real bananas, egg, rich vanilla soft serve and a pleasing dash of cinnamon flavour this one-of-a-kind smooth sipper. 390 Osborne St, 475-4610, Map 1: T-5.

Boon Burger’s vanilla soft serve may look like ice cream, but coconut milk and rice pudding actually make up the vegan-friendly base. Vegans and non-vegans alike are scooping up this silky dessert for its refreshing coconut taste. 79 Sherbrook St, 415-1391, Map 1: R-2.

The Cantaberry (pictured) at landmark ice cream stop Bridge Drive-In excites the eyes as much as the palate. A scooped-out cantaloupe half houses a vanilla soft ice cream sundae smothered in tart blueberry sauce. Whispy clouds of whipped cream, chopped peanuts, juicy pieces of cantaloupe and a sweet cherry on top complete this adored fruit sensation. 766 Jubilee Ave, 475‑6850, Map 2: E-4.

Cool and creamy Argentinian gelato is the specialty inside Eva’s Gelato & Coffee Bar’s brightly lit and gleaming space. Pair signature caramel-based dulce de leche with a scoop of uncanny banana split flavour for a heavenly sugar rush. 101-1001 Corydon Ave, 452-3827, Map 1: T-1.

Beneath swirls of whipped cream and rivers of chocolate sauce lies a fried, crunchy surprise in La Bamba’s popular ice cream dessert. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is lightly coated in a sweet house-made batter of Rice Krispies and Maria cookies that crackles with each bite. 222 Osborne St, 415-5713, Map 1: S-3.