Summer and warm weather have officially arrived and that means it’s ice cream season! There’s no better way to cap off a lovely summer afternoon or evening by grabbing delicious ice cream. Saskatoon’s ice cream and gelato lineup brings you local flavours, classic favourites, homemade treats and gluten-free and vegan options too. Now, should you have one scoop or two??
Bus Stop Refreshments – 421 21st Street East
Right by the South Saskatchewan River, this cute little double decker red bus is a Saskatoon favourite in the summertime. The Bus now serves Homestead’s locally made ice cream, and still has favourites like their fruit-filled frozen yogurt. For a vegan option, you can do the yogurt with a banana base instead. To kick your ice cream treat up a notch, try one of their creamy, old-fashioned milkshakes in unique flavours like rootbeer, pina colada or chai.
Beppi’s Gelato – 616 10th Street East #1
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Just off Broadway Avenue, Beppi’s is the newest shop in town and definitely worth a visit! Owner Paola Chiste was trained at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy, and Beppi’s uses local ingredients whenever possible. Their flavours rotate but include chocolate salted peanut and haskap swirl, and vegan options like pineapple or lemon sorbetto. Be sure to try their charcoal cone (pictured) too — all their cones are vegan and made in-house.
Homestead Ice Cream – 822 Victoria Avenue
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Homestead has been a YXE favourite since 1978, and they make all their ice cream and novelties in-house. Their ice cream flavours range from classics like Cookies & Cream and Maple Walnut, to creations like Dill Pickle, Pumpkin Pie and Saskatoon Berry. For something different, try their novelties like cheesecake on a stick, an ice cream sandwich, or a sundae or milkshake. They also have a food truck, perfect for grabbing ice cream at summer festivals and events.
The Wholesome Roll – Food Truck
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The Wholesome Roll offers entirely dairy-free ice cream, made with a coconut milk or banana base, and the best part is that it’s rolled. Watch your ice cream being made right before your eyes on this cute little food cart, which does pop-ups and frequents local festivals. Flavours include raspberry red velvet, maple walnut and a city classic — Saskatoon berry pie.
Fable Ice Cream – 633 Avenue H South
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Say hello to delicious locally-made ice cream at Fable, in unique flavours like earl grey tea, lemonade, blackberries and cream, and Venn coffee — made with local coffee from Venn Coffee Roasters. They usually have two vegan options on the menu, either their sorbets or vegan ice cream, made with a cashew and coconut milk base. Their waffle cones are delicious too and made in house!
Jerry’s Food Emporium – 1115 Grosvenor Ave / 844 51st St East
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Jerry’s has a large variety of delicious ice cream and gelato options, including dairy-free sorbet. Flavours include chocolate chip cookie dough, strawberry swirl, butter pecan, and peaches and cream, or try one of their sundaes, milkshakes, or the ice cream and chocolate brownie.
DQ on 8th – 1722 8th Street East
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YXE’s Dairy Queen on 8th Street deserves a mention, simply because it’s the city’s only walk-up DQ. Enjoy all your favourite DQ treats, but with a retro twist. On hot summer nights, the lineup tells all — this DQ is a city favourite.
Mean Green Ice Cream Machine – Food Truck
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This food truck is at city festivals and events all summer, serving up their 13 flavours of ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and ice cream floats. Flavours include cotton candy, bubblegum, mocha almond, cherry, and the Mean Green — also known as mint chocolate chip.