The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colours. Once clients have made a flavour selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Dairy Queen offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavour options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve (up to $5.99). The waffle-bowl sundae slathers vanilla soft serve in fudge for an appealingly layered delight ($4.99), and the milkshake puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability (up to $4.39). Alternatively, sizzle-starved denizens can gnash on a combo, including fries and a drink, of the mushroom-swiss burger ($7.99) or the crispy-chicken sandwich ($7.99). With a variety of meal options, the Beaumont location's grilled delectables offer appetites savoury samplings worthy of being referred to as the dessert that comes before dessert.
Hey Cupcake's Not So Plain Jane proves that, here, nothing is as simple as it seems?not even a traditional vanilla cupcake. Crowned with vanilla buttercream and colorful sprinkles, this particular example is made entirely from scratch, just like all the other cupcakes on the roster. Coo Coo for Cocoa takes chocolate to its logical extreme, with a dusting of milk- and white-chocolate shavings on top for good measure. The bakery's inventive concoctions can be customized for parties as well, with edible ink that spells out "Happy Birthday" or "Put Mouth Here."