And you scream.
Heck, given Winnipeg's brief summer, we all scream for ice cream.
Ask any local what their favourite ice cream joint is and you'll likely hear some of the same businesses popping up time and again.
There's good reason for that. Winnipeg's ice cream makers churn out the city's top treats and serve those dairy-whipped delights in prime licking locations.
In that spirit, here are a few of Winnipeg's notable (and some unexpected) ice cream purveyors and what makes their cold confections so hot.
In the early 2000s, Dairy Delight opened on St. Anne's Road in St. Vital. The ice cream and burger joint was a natural expansion of the Mikos family business, which included Mrs. Mike's, a circa 1967 burger stand on Taché Avenue. During the warm months, Dairy Delight's picnic tables seats masses of hard and soft ice scream lovers. Starting in June, Dairy Delight come up with it's own soft-serve flavours. Lime and raspberry are hits in the summer and by September, house-made pumpkin is a hot seller.
Boon Burger Café
At first glance, Canada's first ever vegan burger bar doesn't scream 'ice cream.' But it should. The company's dairy free, coconut milk based 'ice cream' comes so close to the real thing it's hard to tell the difference. Flavours (including chocolate, vanilla, ice coffee and fresh fruit mash-ups) change every three days. The faux-creamy treat has lactose intolerant folks flocking to Boon's two locations.
Like Boon Burger, Stella's Bakery on Sherbrook Street doesn't spring to mind as a top stop for ice cream in Winnipeg. You could say that before you trying Stella's vanilla ice cream topped with housemade strawberry-blueberry jam, but not after. This sweet-on-sweet treat turns standard strawberry on its head. Other 'adult' flavours include maple caramel sauce and shaved dark chocolate are also topping stars. The bakery also makes ice cream sandwiches with double-chocolate cookies.
Eva's Gelato and Nucci's Gelati
One tiny taste of Dulce de Leche at Eva's Gelato on Corydon and addiction is imminent. This top-selling gelato--one of 100 rotating flavours made in house-- screams to be slowly savoured and not shared. Over at Nucci's, the 40-year-old establishment started with six flavours. Today, more than 70 are always in the mix. Chocolate, which comes in many varieties, is always a big hit but come summer, fruits like mango, peach and lemon draw crowds.
Bridge Drive-In, Sargent Sundae and Banana Boat
Nostalgia and great locations are the cherry on top at this trio of these seasonal ice cream shoppes. Bridge Drive-In on Jubilee Avenue beside the Red River is a crowd favourite for its epic menu of cones, cups, sundaes and monster mash-ups of fruit, ice scream and toppings. Long, slow moving line-ups don't deter the masses.
Sargent Sundae's chocolate-vanilla twist is one of the best in Winnipeg. The shop's location, across from Assiniboine Park, is also prime sales territory.
Banana Boat on South Osborne Street makes a top-notch banana split and serves all the hard and soft standards.