July 28, 2020
Summer weekends call for frozen treats, and at Calgary Co-op, there are plenty of Alberta-made ice creams and gelatos to make the long weekend even more special.
MacKay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane has been a much-loved Alberta business—and summer destination—since 1948. Besides their classic flavours (think chocolate, cookie dough and maple walnut), they churn haskap berry puree, kulfi and strawberry-rhubarb pie.
Similarly, Foothills Creamery has been churning out ice cream, sherbet, sorbet and fro-yo since 1986 (and butter since 1969), and family-owned Peppino’s has been feeding Calgarians since 1993. One of the newer gelaterias on the block, DaVinci has been making luxurious gelatos and sorbettos since they launched at a farmers’ market in St Albert in 2015.
Though all of these ice creams, gelatos and sorbets are fantastic on their own, they can be easily transformed into more elaborate desserts without turning on the oven. Spread softened ice cream or gelato between cookies, brownies or slices of loaf cake, wrap and freeze for ice cream sandwiches in virtually any flavour combination. Or scoop softened ice cream into a cookie crumb crust (blend about 1 1/4 cups chocolate, graham cracker, ginger or any other crisp cookie crumbs with 1/4 cup melted butter, and press into a pie plate), layered with chopped chocolate, fruit, cookies, brownies or pretzels, and serve in wedges drizzled with chocolate or caramel sauce. Happy long weekend!
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