Restaurant: Sweet Jesus
Location: 106 John Street, Toronto, ON M5H 1X9
Price Range: $
It is extremely dangerous to scroll through Instagram at night and see all of these decadent creations from Sweet Jesus… Owned by the same people behind Home of the Brave (HOTB) and La Carnita, Sweet Jesus just opened a few weeks ago and they serves these unique soft serve cones that you can find in the dessert menus at both restaurants. Getting here was a bit tricky so your best bet is to look for the giant newly opened Union Juice store, and Sweet Jesus is tucked in the corner right next to it!
So the ordering system is quite… interesting. A staff will hand out the menus to people waiting in line, after 5 minutes she comes back to take our orders, then the cashier will punches the order in and they will start to make your order once you have paid. I found this process to be excessive. Don’t get me wrong, I think handing out the menu was a great idea to reduce the ordering time of indecisive people once they reach the cashier. However, what was the point of taking our orders in advance when the ice cream can only be made once we paid anyways?
The store was super tiny and there were no tables so it’s more of a grab and go place. Also, it was actually pretty hot inside so after I received my ice-cream, I sprinted right outside to prevent my soft serve from melting… Interestingly I noticed how some people had the cone holders to stop the soft serve from melting onto your hands, yet I didn’t see any at the counter, perhaps they ran out? Anyhow, I recommend grabbing a cup and put the ice cream in there after you finished all your food photography ;).
If you guys watch the Simpsons, you will get the reference here, if you don’t it means you don’t have a childhood. I joke. I decided to order Krusty the cone soft serve, which is perhaps the most Instagram-worthy picture ever! I have to mention, the presentation was beautiful and they really do take the time to make sure that the toppings are evenly distributed!
While the ice cream was really pretty looking, I didn’t think the taste was any special. The cotton candy didn’t feel fresh as it was really sticky, but I can understand that since making fresh cotton candy for every order wasn’t efficient. With that said, the combinations of cotton candy and the already-sweetened vanilla soft serve were overwhelming, however soft serve was really creamy and smooth.
Below are pictures of my co-worker’s soft-serve and instead of writing individual reviews, I will write a summary of our thoughts on these :).
The overall consensus was that the soft serve was worth a try, but it’s not something we would line up for. While the flavor combinations were interesting and tasted good, the ingredients weren’t incorporated within the soft-serve so at the end of the day, you are paying $6 for the toppings. While all of us appreciated that the soft serves were filled all the way to the very bottom of the cones, however after the toppings were finished, we were left with a huge chunk of regular ice cream. I would still recommend you guys to try Sweet Jesus once, but I don’t think it’s worth it to line up for 20 minutes or more. Out of all the flavors, the specialty chocolate-flavored soft serve was probably the best as it was not as sweet as the vanilla, and the paletas (mexican frozen popsicles) sounds quite intriguing so I would try that once the line dies down.