This week I received an invitation to test vegan ice cream at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, a vegan and gluten-free bakery in downtown Burlington.
I love ice cream. It’s my splurge, my treat, my craving. I ignore the fact that ice cream is loaded with fats and sugars, but also refuse to try the “skinny” and “healthy” versions at the grocery store. Seriously, it’s not possible to make healthy ice cream that tastes good, right?
Wrong! After a warm welcome from owners Kelly and Erinn, 10 of us gathered around a long table made by Loft Doors. We giddily introduced ourselves and marvelled that we were doing this. It’s not every day that one gets asked to be an ice cream tester! I felt a bit like Charlie at Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Our hosts gave us a brief introduction to the afternoon and described just how fabulous the ice cream is. The sceptic in me wondered if vegan ice cream would taste good. Kelly’s offers healthy, vegan versions of cupcakes, cookies, cakes, brownies and doughnuts, but ice cream?
This soft serve vegan ice cream, available in vanilla, chocolate and swirl, is:
First, we tried the vanilla. After a blissful bite, we looked at each other in surprise. The ice cream didn’t taste “healthy” at all! Velvety smooth with no aftertaste or gritty texture, it was rich, but not too sweet. It was creamy but not heavy. It was delicious.
We also created our own combinations complete with all-natural vegan toppings such as sprinkles, brownie crumbs, syrup and candies. Even the food colouring Kelly uses is made with plant-based products.
All the flavours passed the taste test with the youngest member of our panel, four-year-old Ashlyn. It’s safe to say we are all hooked!
Kelly’s Bake Shoppe will introduce their vegan ice cream to the public on Wednesday, June 12. With extended summer hours, the bakery is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stop in for a treat while you’re visiting Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival this weekend and see for yourself just how delicious vegan ice cream can be.
401 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 2E9
Contact Number: 905 333-1400
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Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com
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