Vanilla tops list as most popular ice cream flavour at Canadian restaurants

Here’s the scoop: Top six ice cream flavours at Canadian restaurants
By Kristin Menas
June 4, 2013

 

Vanilla tops list as most popular ice cream and gelato flavour

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, vanilla is by far the most popular flavour of ice cream and gelato. This is largely because vanilla ice cream pairs well with almost any other dessert, which makes it an ideal option. Vanilla ice cream can also be customized easily with the addition of toppings such as chocolate syrup, fruit and hot fudge. It is also a popular flavour featured in milk shakes and floats.

Many operators serve up vanilla ice cream alongside other flavourful desserts such as pies, cakes and cookie skillets. Crabby Joe’s Tap & Grill offers Boring Ol’ Ice Cream—three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Guests can also order the dessert as a sundae with the addition of chocolate sauce or berry topping with whipped cream.

 
Appearing 23 times on Canadian menus, chocolate is the second most popular flavour of ice cream and gelato. Like vanilla, chocolate is also viewed as a classic ice cream and gelato flavour. It is a rich flavour ideal for diners looking for an indulgent dessert. Some restaurants also scoop chocolate ice cream blended with other flavours such as raspberry, almond or caramel. La Fenice in Toronto offers Chocolate Raspberry Tartufo, rich chocolate ice cream with a raspberry ice centre.

Less traditional flavours are also popular. Coconut appears eight times on Canadian menus as an ice cream or gelato flavour. Many Asian restaurants feature coconut ice cream or gelato, including Ban Thai Restaurant in Edmonton and Mikado in Toronto. Coconut offers dessert fans a light, tropical flavour that is different from richer ice cream and gelato flavours.

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