I’m betting you’ve already had your first ice cream of the season. Maybe you like gelato, locally made ice cream or the traditional flavours of your childhood. Whatever your preference, there is a Halifax ice cream stand for you. Treat your taste buds to one (or more) of the six local favourites below.
Not only does the Scanway Bakery & Café have delicious sandwiches, smoothies and desserts, they also have 13 flavours of gelato ranging from Nutella and Salted Caramel Popcorn to Sweet Basil and Lemon Curd! They also offer ice cream bars & pops, doughnut + gelato combos, sundaes, sorbet and milkshakes!
2. DeeDee’s Addresses: Halifax: 5668 Cornwallis St, Halifax, NS B3K 1B5 Peggy’s Cove (open during summer): 110 Peggy’s Point Road, Peggy’s Cove NS The Historic Farmers’ Market (Saturday only): 1496 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3R5 Deedee’s started in Peggy’s Cove and has expanded to three locations around the Halifax region. This family-run business serves homemade, small-batch ice cream and gelato with local, fair trade and organic ingredients. Deedee’s also makes ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches and has a small café at the Cornwallis Street location. It’s a busy spot, so go early to avoid a line-up!
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The Chicken Burger in Bedford is the oldest drive-in diner in Canada and has been a staple in the community for more than 70 years. Chicken Little is an ice cream stand behind The Chicken Burger, surrounded by outdoor picnic benches. Be sure to peek inside the restaurant for a step back in time and a tune on the jukebox!
4. COWS Address: 1869 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S9 You can tell how awesome COWS ice cream is by the line along the Halifax waterfront all summer long. The ice cream is made in Prince Edward Island and has fun names like Turtle Cow, Wowie Cowie, Moo Henry and Messie Bessie! COWS also makes cute souvenir t-shirts with cows and “punny” sayings like “Dairy Potter” and “Moocraft”.
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Humani-T’s handmade gelato and sorbetto use natural ingredients that are organic and locally-sourced whenever possible. For the adventurous palate, innovative flavor combinations include Persian rose, tiramisu, green tea, blueberry lavender and pistachio! Those with dietary restrictions will be glad to know that sorbetto contains no milk and there is always has one flavour of vegan gelato available. You can also get award winning Panini sandwiches, baked goods, hot drinks and health supplies in their store.
The name says it all. The ice cream is sweet and so is the location on Halifax’s downtown boardwalk. Choose from a variety of hand-crafted, locally made confections to add to your base ice cream flavour. Then watch staff mix hand-made chocolate bars, fudge or rum cake into the ice cream atop a marble slab!
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