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Essence Maître Glacier makes some of the best ice cream in Montreal

A few days ago, I spent some time touring one of the sweetest labs in town, the Essence Maître Glacier production facility in Ahuntsic. Essence Maître Glacier was founded in 2014 by Alexis Dionne who partnered up with Meilleur ouvrier de France [M.O.F.] master ice cream maker Jean-Marc Guillot to create some of the most exceptional ice cream in Montreal.

The Ahuntsic facility is a small operation that’s been open since March 2015. The artisanal lab produces a palette of seventeen delicious flavours of frozen treats that contain no artificial flavour or colour. The fruits are carefully picked and each batch of ice cream tested and tasted in order to adjust the sugar and acidity levels. The seven ice creams and ten sorbets include flavours such as banana flambé, blackcurrant & violet and passion fruit & rosemary. I must have tasted a dozen of the flavours by now and addictive standouts include the luscious Quebec maple flavour, the delectable espresso, the dark chocolate and the heavenly raspberry, lychee and rose.

The lab is divided into a production area–which includes a hand-bottling zone where every transparent jar is carefully filled–and a research and development room where master ice cream maker Jean-Marc Guillot works on developing and improving his recipes. He also develops custom-made recipes for specific clients. They let me in on some of their secret lab work and all I can tell you is to expect gorgeous frozen desserts to come in the near future.

You can find the 17 Essence Maître Glacier ice cream flavours everywhere around the province. Even better, the ice cream laboratory is open to the public! Chef Guillot and Mr. Dionne will delight in giving you a taste test and telling you all about the operation. The lab is where you can purchase any of the 17 available flavours as well as some of the flavours that are no longer available on the market, or some developed specifically for a client. Your freezer might be packed after a visit to the lab but don’t worry, the containers won’t last long.



Win 6 of my favourite Essence Maître Glacier ice cream flavours + 1 surprise flavour that is not sold in stores!

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The Quebec maple is my favourite Essence Maître Glacier flavour

All you have to do is leave me a comment here and tell me why you scream for ice cream. For extra chances of winning, you can also leave me a comment on Facebook, Tweet me or leave a comment on my Instagram using the hashtag #ScreamForEssenceContest

This contest is only open for residents of Quebec province. Contest ends August 21, 2015 at midnight, EST. The winner’s name will be announced on my social media accounts.


Essence Maître Glacier
9835 St-Urbain Street (between Port-Royal & Sauvé) in Montreal
514 388 2828

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