If you’ve been following my Instagram for a while then you know I love Hometown Ice-cream. Located at 142 St. Paul Street in the downtown core of St. Catharines is the vibrant and welcoming storefront.
Inside you’ll find it just as welcoming. Upon entering you’ll hear the hanging bells ring off of the door, like they used to do it in the old days, and then immediately overwhelmed by the smell of fresh baked cookies, pies, and more.
I’m often greeted by owner Linda Vandewetering or her lovely staff who are usually hard at work in the back . Hometown really makes you feel like you’re at home cooking with mom, or grandma (in my case baba), patiently waiting to lick the spoon or the pie to cool down.
With their ever-changing flavours of ice-cream, pies, cakes, cookies, and more, Hometown is one of my favourite places to get dessert year round.
1. Carrot Cake Ice-cream
This is easily my favourite ice-cream on earth. I’ve often made a trip to the downtown core just for the carrot cake ice-cream. It’s what Linda, and Hometown, are most known for.
The cake is fresh, moist, and the perfect amount of sweetness. Combined with freshly made from scratch ice-cream is something blissful. It’s perfect for those hot summer days. Although, if you ask me…it’s perfect for any weather.
2. Triple Chocolate Muffin
From Tuesdays to Thursdays you can get a coffee and muffin for $3. I had been a handful of times to take advantage of the great deal and while trying different muffins with my morning coffee. They’re all very good but one day I came across the best morning muffin you can imagine.
The triple chocolate muffin was like no other. The incredible mixture of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate satisfies every taste bud I have. Its perfectly moist, often warm, and isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.
Since that day I have been back at least a dozen times just for that chocolate muffin. The coffee is a nice bonus to start your day too. Oh, and a muffin can be considered dessert…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
3. Banana Cream Pie
If you like fresh baked pie then this is your place. Hometown offers a pie subscription… you read that right a pie subscription.
Each month you get a fresh seasonal pie to pickup and take home and enjoy. Outside of the subscription pies can be made to order year round or you can grab a slice of the daily pie on display.
I know pie is very subjective, some like apple while others like pecan. The perfect pie for me is a fresh banana cream. Linda layers the bottom of the pie with sliced bananas and then adds the filling and tops it with delicious whipped cream. If you want to impress at a family gathering then this might be the right pie for you.
Hometown offers so many varieties of desserts and flavors for each type of dessert it’s a must visit in the city. If they can’t satisfy your sweet-tooth then I’m not sure what will.
Give my favourites a try and let me know what you think via email or direct message on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you!