Figure 1 Publishing

Food + Drink

Great Scoops

Recipes from a Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop

Marlene Haley and Amelia Ryan of The Merry Dairy with Anne DesBrisay

Shortlisted for the 2023 Taste Canada Awards

Finalist in Canadian Book Club Awards

Awarded third prize in the reference category at the 2022 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design

All recipes are nut- and sesame-free, with vegan and gluten-free options too!

“Can you imagine a life without ice cream? How empty it would be. Hot apple pie without à la mode. No midnight tub in bed to comfort a broken heart. Cones filled with nothing but air.” —Introduction

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Book Description

Ice cream really does make everything better. Compiled with love by the team at The Merry Dairy, Great Scoops features a cheerful collection of 80 easy, custard-style and vegan ice creams and delectable desserts. From hibiscus & passion fruit and bourbon black cherry to triple chocolate and caramel popcorn, this exciting new cookbook also includes recipes for signature sauces, toppings, and baked goods (say hello to chocolate chip cookies and meringue kisses). Best of all, the ice creams are nut-free, sesame-free, (and some even gluten-free). What can we say? This is good mood food at its best.

And for those who are new to ice cream making, have no fear: the book includes a chapter covering everything there is to know about making both dairy and vegan ice creams and frozen desserts at home.
Great Scoops is a captivating cookbook about artisanal ice cream, the people who craft it and the community that loves them for it. The delightful selection of classic and whimsical flavors reminds us that delicious homemade ice creams can be made year-round and, more importantly, that you’re never too old (and it’s never too cold) to enjoy a heartfelt scoop.



Great Scoops! Easy-to-make ice cream recipes

The Morning Show (Global News)

CTV Ottawa News

The Merry Dairy’s ice cream cookbook

Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan (CBC)

“If you can’t make it to the teal-coloured storefront, don’t worry.
Great Scoops can help transport you there.”

Edible Ottawa

“Can you imagine a life without ice cream? We can’t, so we’re thrilled to have a copy of Great Scoops, the brand new cookbook from Ottawa’s Merry Dairy.”

Taste & Travel Magazine

Great Scoops is an excellent cookbook introducing readers to the joy of ice cream making.”

Daily Hive – Dished

Recipe: Make your own S’mores Ice Cream

Mercury News

Forthcoming from Figure 1

Avocado Diaries

Two Scoops, Please, for Plum Crumble Ice Cream

Food Gal

Giveaway: Home Made Ice Cream Recipes

Chatty Pattys Place

Great Scoops: Ice Cream Recipes

Mommy Factor 

Roasted Rhubarb Ice Cream

Cool Food Dude

Cool Relief: Merry Dairy Provides Freezer Space & Generator to Residents

Ottawa Business Journal

Weekend Roundup: Book Signing


Shortlist is Out for The Canadian Book Club Awards

Vancouver is Awesome

Canadian Cookbooks


Great Scoops is all about making great ice cream at home—where all great food stories begin!”

—Chef Spike Mendelsohn & Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn, founders, Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza

“The ice cream shop I love. Now with a recipe book that everyone can enjoy!”

—Louis Charest, executive chef, Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada

“If you have ever entertained the idea of making your own artisanal ice cream, this book is for you.”

—Harley Finkelstein, President, Shopify


  • Hardcover
  • 8 × 10 inches
  • 224 pages
  • 978-1-77327-165-1
  • $37.95 CAD / $30.00 USD
  • May 2022