Wednesday, June 28, 2017
In Québec, our winters are harsh. Ironically, when hot summer days come along, we generally feel the need… for frozen treats! You can take a Québécois out of Québec, but you can’t take Québec out of a Québécois! And boy do we know how to keep ourselves cool and refreshed. With or without a spoon follow me along the trail of my favourite frozen treats.
Plunging soft ice cream in a bath of melting chocolate is a national pastime. What’s not to love about a thick coating of milk or dark chocolate atop a frozen cone of soft vanilla ice cream? That very first bite feels like happiness in a cone. For authentic chocolate dipping sauce, or anything chocolate really, Erico is my year-round go-to destination.
Tutto GelatoItalian gelato per favore
Tutto Gelato’s classic Italian delicacies like sorbetti, granite, caffè e biscotti are very popular among locals. They are also very easy to find: look for the line-up on Rue Saint-Jean worth the wait. Mix and match more than 60 artigianale flavours like nocciola, frutti di bosco, vaniglia, caramello al fior di sale, cioccolato e peperonico, etc. in a cone or in a cup.
La Crèmerie GénéraleDelectable ingredients
Julie Vachon is an artisan chocolate maker in Deschambault, Portneuf. Her Crèmerie Général offers delicate aromas and flavours made with the exact attention to detail she gives her chocolate. Indulge in colourful sorbets, vivid gelatos and homemade ice cream made with local ingredients like basil, corn, pear, coco, honey, elderberry and blackcurrant.
La Bûche GlacéeA trendy ice cream roll
La Bûche Glacée serves the trendiest frozen treat of this season: rolled ice cream. Made to order and churned live on a -20 degree plate, rolled ice cream is made frozen from 10% fresh cream and kid-friendly flavours like fudge-brownies, strawberry and cotton candy. Let your inner child run free and indulge in their most popular delight, a reversed sundae made with Québec’s traditional sucre à la crème.
Cassis Monna & fillesArtisanal frozen treats
From the field to their dairy bar, sisters Anne and Catherine Monna have set up an inviting environment to indulge in nature’s beauty. A wide assortment of frozen treats including drinks and sorbets are available, but all my taste buds care for is their flawless artisanal soft ice cream made with vanilla and blackcurrant.
Chocolat FavorisThe Peoples’ Choice
Chocolat Favoris is a Québec City institution, thanks in part to the twelve vats of chocolate waiting to envelope your cone of softserve in chocolatey goodness. Don’t miss their latest creation, a drinkable dessert called Chou Chou that comes in six original flavours. And don’t worry about the line-up—you’ll need that time to pick your dipping flavour!
About Allison Van Rassel
Journalist, columnist and blogger, Allison is passionate about Québec City’s culinary culture. Curious and aware of the latest culinary trends, Allison makes the region’s foodie culture shine bright.