During those hot, soupy, humid days of summer, I troll the streets looking for air conditioning and something to cool my innards. There are no calories with desserts consumed on hot days. I’m sure the work it takes for my body to sweat must counteract the sugar and fat entering my system (note: I am not a nutritionist, though that may surprise you). So let’s not feel guilty about a small treat, and to ease the guilt even more, indulge in some organic and fair-trade desserts. You’re practically doing the earth a favour. Delight has two locations in Toronto, one in the Junction and another small outpost on Queen West.
If you are looking for the best ingredients, you’ll find them in the ice cream and chocolates at Delight. Using only natural and organic whenever possible, Delight also makes use of fresh, local fruit. Their Ontario Strawberry ice cream ($5.75 for a double-scoop cup) tastes like a bowl of ripe summer berries picked at their peak. With flavours like Banana Caramel, Drunken Cherries, Raspberry White Chocolate Swirl, and Muskoka Sun, it’s hard to decide which flavour-packed ice cream to cool down with. A Quebec Blue Cheese ice cream works surprisingly well with the creaminess of the cheese and the subtle bite of blue. It’s worth asking to try a sample if you’re not sure that you want to commit to a full scoop.
While agonizing over my ice cream decision, I meet a regular Delight customer who tells me he goes in every day for two scoops of Mint Chocolate Chip. Every. Day. When I compare it to some people’s daily Starbucks habit, it doesn’t sound too unreasonable. I have a wonderful talent of rationalizing any sweet purchase.
Chocolates don’t do well in the heat, which is why it’s best to consume them quickly. Handmade organic fair trade chocolates ($1.75) include some dairy-free options like Burnt Almond. A Quebec Blue Cheese truffle is also on offer; less of a commitment than the ice cream.
Organic and fair trade makes your afternoon delights that much sweeter.