Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Burlington now serving Vegan Ice Cream!

kelly's bake shoppe invitationThis week I received an invitation to test vegan ice cream at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, a vegan and gluten-free bakery in downtown Burlington.

Ice cream can’t be healthy, right?

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?

kelly's bake shoppe gatheringWrong! 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:

  • soy-based
  • dairy free
  • gluten free
  • fat free
  • 100 calories per serving

kelly's bake shoppe testers

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The Verdict

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!

vegan ice creamAre you screaming for ice cream yet?

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.

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe Burlington Location

401 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 2E9
Contact Number: 905 333-1400

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About the Author Teresa Baerg

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:

  • Ray says:

    I agree with you on this bake shoppe, everything is delicious, although a little pricey for a family night out for some ice cream.

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  • Couldn’t agree more with your summary. You would never know that the ice cream is dairy free. We wrote up on Kelly’s Bake Shoppe as well, but with the cupcake spin:

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  • Allison says:

    Great write-up Teresa!

    I think you did an incredible job summarzing the experience and the product!

    Look forward to sharing my thoughts and photos in the next few days.


    • Teresa says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Allison! Looking forward to seeing your photos and what you have to say! You can tweet me @teresabaerg.

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