Ice cream! Is anything more delectable than Ice cream? Why, even the most respectable eat Ice cream. It’s wonderful on a Sunday afternoon In June.
-from Anne of Green Gables, The Musical
For many, summer is synonymous with ice cream. Who doesn’t love a cold cone on a hot day? My friends and I devoted the Canada Day long weekend to scoping out and scooping out the best ice cream in Regina and beyond.
Milky Way Ice Cream (910 Victoria Avenue)
No Regina ice cream list would be complete without mention of Milky Way Ice Cream, which is celebrating its 60th season this year. Wow. Think about how many first dates that place has seen in six decades! The Milky Way opens just before Easter and closes on the Thanksgiving weekend. It dishes out 40 flavours of hard ice cream and six flavours of soft ice cream. My go-to indulgence: vanilla soft serve in a waffle cone, dipped in chocolate with rainbow sprinkles.
July hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
The Moo Shoppe (5522 7th Avenue)
The residents of the Rosemont neighbourhood are a lucky lot. The Moo Shoppe delivers big flavour from a little location. While my friends enjoyed hard ice cream in pistachio and chocolate fudge brownie with rave reviews, I ventured out of my comfort zone and tried some light and airy chocolate soft serve with a toasted coconut dip. Tasty!
Open every day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dessart Sweets Ice Cream and Candy Store (3036 13th Avenue)
It’s hard to walk into Dessart Sweets Ice Cream and Candy Store in the Cathedral neighbourhood without feeling like a kid in a candy shop. Its wide variety of sweets from all over the world is almost overwhelming, and its retro treats will take you on a walk down memory lane. But we didn’t come for candy (though we did leave with some); we came for ice cream. And Dessart has that in spades. You can customize your soft ice cream with a variety of flavours (my friend chose Kahlua), and there are a multitude of hard ice cream flavours from which to pick (I got coconut – yummy!) And the best part? Each cone comes with a Jelly Belly on top!
Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut (2130 Robinson Street)
A number of people I’ve talked to are aware that, in addition to selling a mind-boggling variety of luscious chocolates, Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut serves up some of the most decadent ice cream you will ever taste. Flavours are simple: white chocolate, dark chocolate or a delightful swirl of the two. In this case, simple is oh-so-sweet. I went for the swirl. Best of both worlds! Plus, one dollar from every ice cream sale goes to Camp Easter Seal.
Summer hours: Open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.
Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory (108 Main Street North, Moose Jaw)
Yes, we drove to Moose Jaw solely for ice cream. Gelato, to be specific. The Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory has 24 flavours of gelato, from tart lemon to sweet Heavenly Goo. My friend and I both chose the refreshing Saskatoon berry sorbet. The nice thing about Moose Jaw is that it’s only 60 kilometres away, and the gelato is worth the quick jaunt from Regina. Be sure to pick up some of the factory’s signature fudge for the road.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.