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Spring has sprung and ice cream season is upon us. Yet, it seems the cold, dreary winter didn't stop several new ice cream pop-ups and shops from opening. Ice cream and gelato are having a moment right now and it is all about small-batch, handcrafted and premium pints. We have forgone the nostalgic scoops of our childhood, from brightly-hued cotton candy to artificially flavoured mint chocolate chip; the flavours we once unwittingly loved don't measure up to what people are scooping these days. Rich custard bases, stabilizer free with no additives and brimming with ingenuity. Creations like yuzu raspberry swirl and banoffee pie, filled with generous handfuls of home-made mix-ins like sponge toffee and sourdough crumb, there is a newfound appreciation for the depth and complexity possible when it comes to this new wave of confectioners.
We have rounded up several notable small-batch ice cream pop-ups and shops that are worth checking out this spring -- we guarantee they'll convert any skeptic. From ice cream, frozen custard, health-conscious gelato and vegan options, these small-batch creators offer something for everyone.