Mission Objective: Hit five of Toronto’s best dessert spots over the course of an afternoon.
SUD FORNO: Italian pastries.
Seven stalwart eaters joined me on this dessert op.
Mean Jean Brophey starts things off with a double espresso. She would need the caffeine boost.
On deck: Mini rhum babas, mini chocolate rhum babas, and canolis.
Elliot, Akemi, Ivon, and Alison start their sampling engines.
Kerrington and Breanna = ferocious eaters. FEROCIOUS!
The highlight: The mini rhum baba. A perfect boozy bite.
NADEGE: Chocolates and pastries.
Petit choux (mini cream puffs) of various flavors. Akemi is a big fan of the praline while Alison swore by the lemon and ginger.
Bailey’s Irish Cream-flavored marshmallows.
The Individual Donut: caramel chantilly, salted caramel cream, crisp praliné wafer and almond shortbread.
Kerrington considers her next move.
Highlights: That donut!
PEACE TREATS: Milkshakes
Three different milkshakes. From left to right: D.R.E.A.M. (Donuts Rule Everything Around Me) – a vanilla milkshake topped with mini donuts, Amusement Park – cotton candy milkshake stacked with cotton candy, and Go Shanty It’s Your Birthday – vanilla milkshake topped with a slice of birthday cake.
I’m in heaven.
Ivon pacing himself.
Elliot and his mysterious floating cap.
I contemplate life. And that birthday cake milkshake.
Breanne, aka “The Cleaner”.
Highlight: The cotton candy milkshake!
We WERE planning to go for ice cream next, but our intended target wouldn’t open for another fifteen minutes. And so, rather than wait, we made efficient use of our time by taking a walk up to College Street and getting in another dessert stop.
BAKE SHOPPE: Baked goods.
The offerings included, among other things, homemade pop tarts!
Nutella brown butter cookie and red velvet cupcake.
Ruffles marshmallow and passion flakie.
Highlight: The unusual sweet and savory Ruffles marshmallow, the passion flakie, and that nutella brown butter cookie.
BANG BANG ICE CREAM: Ice cream.
The final stop on our marathon tour. Just pick your ice cream flavor, choose a fresh baked cookie and voila!
I went chocolate cookie and toffee ice cream.
Jean and Akemi sugaring it up.
Sugar high! (photo courtesy of Ivon Bartok).
Hong Kong Waffle high.
Highlight: The peanut butter and jelly ice cream!
We concluded our afternoon in fine style –
Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl for the monthly pug meet-up…
Thanks to everyone who made this dessert op a success. Nice work, team! See you in two weeks for the Toronto Dessert Tour Part 2!