2313 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150
Visit: June 28, 2012
My recent visit to Sparta didn’t quite end over there. As some things go these days, this was another impromptu decision made by curious eaters. While we can all list the major players in the ice cream game of Montreal, there is one that may or may not be a contender. Just last year, the Tim Horton’s franchise put forth its first foray in the Montreal area by opening Cold Stone Creamery across this fair island.
While a lot of people prefer the mom and pop shops that usually deliver the most personal service, one cannot deny how a place like Tim Horton’s has grown exponentially over the last decade. The differences between small and large businesses can be felt in both the world of coffee and ice cream. While they may be vastly different things to enjoy, there are similarities. There’s nothing like getting a one of a kind product from a place that isn’t at every street corner.
What is it that keeps places like Tim Horton’s and Starbucks running so smoothly year after year? We can ask the same question with places like the Cold Stone Creamery and Dairy Queen. That’s something that puzzles me. I have many friends and colleagues who are addicted to the chain store coffee brands that ruminate across the land. While I don’t get what it is about the coffee, I can certainly try to understand if Cold Stone Creamery’s ice cream has that affect.
I won’t bore you with the details of what a Tim Horton’s looks like or what the service is like. I’m pretty sure most of you have been in one by now. Even I, the non-coffee drinker, has been in quite a few for that triple chocolate doughnut or those Timbits. What really got my attention was the variety of flavours they offer. It wasn’t simple flavours either. If you take a look at the bottom right, you’ll even see one that’s based on the coffee. With a variety that can compete with any other place, one only has to wonder how the actual ice cream tastes like.
Orange Ice Cream
When it comes to choosing ice cream, I’m pretty much predictable. So, there’s no surprise to see me pick orange ice cream. I’ll say that it was pretty good. While I’m no ice cream expert, I must say that I didn’t regret this choice whatsoever.
Chocolate Ice Cream
Under the orange, you’ll find my go-to ice cream choice, chocolate. The taste was pretty much comparable to other recent selections. But, for the most part, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves once again.
What I have to note that for a medium cup of ice cream, it was pretty much affordable. I think of all my recent ice cream visits, this one was the lightest on the wallet. For the amount and selection of ice cream, that made me quite happy.
Say what you may about the big chain experience, what you get is value for your money. You may not expect to find a nice variety of complex choices, but what you get is just that. I might be turned off by the association with a coffee chain that I don’t necessarily care for, but their introduction of Cold Stone Creamery to this city is one that I hope to use for a long time to come.