Big Scoops Ice Cream 2 Duke Street

Take-out only ice cream joint Big Scoops opened this spring along James South. They’re open seven days a week, making it an ideal spot to hit when you’re craving a cone. And prepare yourself – they don’t call it Big Scoops for nothing!


Big Scoops has one location already on Upper Sherman, but I really like strolling around the James South neighbourhood. I just came from visiting James Street Bookseller and I would like to explore more shops along that street.

Supporting another local business, the owners of Big Scoops serve up ice cream from Hewitt’s Dairy. What a difference in quality – when you have Hewitt’s, it makes you never want to eat any store-bought brands again, if you can help it. Hewitt’s is so creamy and substantial, but not too heavy.


So many flavours stared me down – Blueberry Cheesecake, Mint Chocolate Chip, Orange Pineapple, Bubble Gum, Peanut Butter Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Raspberry (a new one!) and more. Be on the lookout for even more new flavours – they just added Creamsicle.

I already ate lunch, over at The Ship, so I wanted something light. I chose Coconut and it is delicious! The “small” is two generous scoops. Next time I’ll mix things up and pick two different flavours. I’ll get a waffle cone next time, too. That seems like the best way to hold all those scoops!

– Kristin


Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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