Scoops Ice Cream: Trains and Treats
Scoops Ice Cream
82 Lakeshore E, Port Credit, Mississauga, ON
A short stroll from Papa Giuseppe’s is a quaint little ice cream parlor, Scoops. We had meant to buy ice cream cones and walk along the waterfront but unfortunately it started raining like crazy so we quickly picked out some flavours to go.
There is a train track that runs around the entire store near the ceiling. It totally made me think of the train track and little toy train at Gelato Express in Deep Cove, North Vancouver. If there’s two things kids love, it’s ice cream and trains.
I picked the red velvet ice cream because I have a weakness for red velvet. Not just because it’s gorgeous but I like the history behind it. There are many stories but the one that I’ve always remembered is of how red velvet cake evolved from food rations during World War II. Bakers started adding boiled beets to their cake batter to thicken it, give it colour and add moisture, thus red velvet was born. Nowadays, bakers just use red food colouring for a more dramatic shade of red.
Personally, what I’ve also loved about red velvet cakes are how they’re covered entirely in fluffy, angelic white cream cheese frosting, it’s not until you cut into the cake that the brilliant, dramatic red is revealed like a true identity.
Red velvet cakes made their way into popular culture many years ago, once as the iconic armadillo shaped groom’s cake in the 1980s film, Steel Magnolias and in a more trashy cameo, as Jessica Simpson’s wedding cake in her reality TV show, Newlyweds in 2002.
I still love red velvet though and the moist little chunks in Scoop’s ice cream were sweet and delicious. The actual ice cream was extremely rich and smooth with a hint of cream cheese taste. It was delectable.
We didn’t have time to take pictures before they were devoured but we also bought a few pints of Scoops ice cream to take home: the chocolate peanut butter which was decadent and delicious. The frozen chunks of peanut butter tasted like the actual sweet and salty peanut butter that comes out of the jar, not the sweetened Reese Pieces version.
We also bought a chocolate truffle ice cream. The chocolate was bittersweet and cut by a sharp and earthy truffle flavour. I loved it. Our last flavour was the cherry Bordeaux, fruity and deep, just like the full-bodied wine.
I can’t wait to revisit Scoops to try out the other flavours!