Canada Day at The Merry Dairy (great for kids, pets and hoomans of all kinds …)

To roam, or not to roam: that is the Ottawa question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to remain at home and suffer the slings and arrows of Parliament Hill FOMO, Or to lock arms toward a sea of humanity, And by venturing forth, join them?


No matter how this question is answered for those in the city on Canada Day, for the roaming or the home-ing, it’s Canada Day at The Merry Dairy with the Canada Sundae, a confederation of Merry Pop flavours, a charter Lemon Italian-(Canadian) Ice, a provincial raspberry cheesecake and hoochie-poochie puppy pops, and our distinct soft serve from the truck from three o’clock on.


With water dishes for the pups, and a misting fan for the kids and hoomans alike, enjoy The Merry Dairy Canada Day playlist stuffed with tunes of all kinds from Canadians of all kinds. (And more suggestions for tunes welcome in the comments below!)


And while you’re at it, drop a ballot into the bowl to win this official Adidas World Cup Soccer Ball, courtesy of DiSalvo Sports and their new soccer superstore at 1625 Bank Street. … Go (insert your favourite remaining country here … )!

It’s Canada Day at The Merry Dairy

The Sunday Canada Day Canada Sundae



One of the confederation of Merry Pop Flavours!



A Charter of Lemon Italian (Canadian!) Ice 🙂


lemon 🍋 ☀ #dairyfree #lemon #heatwave

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Raspberry Cheesecake to join these provinces of flavours!


Batman vs Superman …


Batman vs Superman ll. Puppy Pops Battle #benaffleck #henrycavill #ottawa

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Soft serve distinctly served …



We all need goals …


And available all summer … The ChocoMAX!


And yes, thanks to the misting fan, it will be misty ….


Dad? Pops?

On Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the dads and fathers and pops of all kinds with a free mini Merry Pop for dads.  Let’s also celebrate all those people who were like a dad, or reminded us of our dad. Choose from strawberry sunrise, mango lime & chocolate!

So, if you’re a Pop or Pop-like, come on in on Sunday, June 17 and enjoy a mini Merry Pop on a merry day.

And we’d love a suggestion for The Merry Dairy Father’s Day Playlist, which will play all day Sunday in the store. Please leave your suggestion in the comments below or by tagging @TheMerryDairy on social media. First song is …  Born To Run. This post will be updated as suggestions are received.

The Merry Dairy 2018 DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Father’s Day Playlist (add yours in the comments below!)

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
The Shires – Daddy’s Little Girl
He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley
Go to Sleep, Little Leech – The Arrogant Worms
California Blue – Roy Orbison
Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Always on my Mind – Pet Shop Boys
Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon
Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé
Anthem – Cock Sparrer
The Logical Song – Supertramp
Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste

Drake’s Dad – The Aktuells

Mamas’ Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Ella Fitzgerald

Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé (feat. Dixie Chicks)

Daddy – Johnny Cash

Song for my Father – Sarah McLaughlin

Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin

Farmer’s Song – Murray McLaughlin

Country Roads – John Denver

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver

Trumpet Voluntary – Maurice Andre

I’ve Written A Letter To Daddy – Bette Davis

I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

A Day in the Life – The Beatles

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

Daddy Cool – Boney M

Courage – The Tragically Hip

Upside Down – Jack Johnson

Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp

Hotel California – The Eagles

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon

My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton

Un’estate italiana – Eduardo Bannato

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2

A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash

The Soul Cages – Sting

The Best Monday …

Not a Bangles Manic Monday* … but a glorious, sunny, 18 degree Monday so that we can finally, hopefully, say goodbye to our long 100 days of January …


And a glorious Monday also marks the start of Monday openings for The Merry Dairy and, looking at the forecast, open on Tuesday, April 24th to boot. By June, we’ll be open Tuesdays as well.


Mondays may get a bad rap, so here a few great Mondays to buck the trend …



* Manic Monday was written by the great artist Prince, and first recorded by Apollonia 6

Looking for more Monday songs? Check this list out.



Training Day

No, not the movie starring Denzel Washington, but the time of year when our new summer hires learn all about the frozen custard and ice cream business! Coming to our first full year of operation at 102 Fairmont Avenue, this new group of university and high school students gather for two Saturday mornings to meet each other and get to know the year round team – a team that has been patiently working since February as the warmer weather slowly (and slowly) makes its way north.


Training Day is quickly becoming my favourite time of year as I learn about these remarkable young people and what motivates them and what that means in connecting with our own amazing customers at the store or with the truck at the events all over the city.


As we wait and see whether this weekend’s storm is more or less than what it’s predicted to be, our new team has decided to take on the wintry mix with their own flavour combinations in pints, shakes and sundaes. With every one of the combos below purchased this Sunday, a dollar will go into the staff tip jar!


So try the#mattieandgabbysmix, #mikaandsarahsmix, #sharletandtheosmix or the #yasmineandtorysmix. And say hi to the new team while you’re there!




Easter Hours and a chance to win ….

… one of two Stubbe dark or milk chocolate eggs, filled with scoops of each Merry Dairy flavour or a pint of your choice.

How to win?

Be subscribed to the Merry Dairy newsletter blog “The Scoop” either online or at the store by 3pm on Saturday, March 31. Draw will be at 3:30. All current and new subscribers eligible.


EDIT: Congratulations to Lucy B and Caroline T, two subscribers of The Scoop, who picked up their prize on Easter weekend!

Oh .. and our Easters hours:

Good Friday noon-9pm

Saturday noon-9pm

Sunday noon-8pm

Closed Easter Monday

Sunshine (and sunsets) on my shoulders ….

John Denver seems to have it about right about sunshine and happiness. And whether we love or loathe daylight savings time, it brings us closer to long, breezy summer nights.


Before we get there, St. Paddy’s day shows the way to spring … and to celebrate that day in its own special way, the cast and crew of The Merry Dairy are pleased to present new flavours, starting Sunday, March 11, or Day 1 of Daylight Savings Time.


Pretzels and Stout … Raise a Guinness – and raise a cone of premium ice cream laced with the stout of Ireland and chocolate covered pretzels!


Hint o’ Mintonburg* … Fresh frozen custard, and green like a shamrock – “minty, yes, but I like it too ….” *only available beginning Wednesday, March 14

and finally …


Leprochaun Rainbow … a bowl (or cone!) of Lucky Charms flavoured ice cream, it’s magically _____…


And looking ahead even further to Easter and beyond, it’s an ice cream carrot cake … available now by special order



And one thing that makes Ottawa summers so great are Ottawa sunsets — @Nancyfromottawa’s instagram feed of sunsets at Westboro beach is the next best thing to being there. And a great reminder of long, summer nights to come …



And some John Denver ….



Happy Daylight Savings Day 🙂

Breakfast at The Merry Dairy Saturday February 3 @ 8am

Started by a mom in Rochester, NY at the mid-point of winter, National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is, according to Wikipedia now celebrated in countries all over the world including Canada, Nepal, Namibia, Germany, New Zealand, Honduras, China and Israel.


Whether it’s six more weeks of winter or not, The Merry Dairy reopens on February 3! Come on down between 8 and 2pm for a waffle topped with a scoop of one of our breakfast inspired flavours listed below.


And if you wear your PJs enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee!


oatmeal & brown sugar | lemon poppy seed | banana chocolate chunk |maple with candied bacon | chocolate | strawberries and cream | Grape Nuts (neither grapes, nor nuts but crunchy, crunchy, crunchy!) | cinnamon toast


Fresh Waffles! 

 and …

mimosa ice pops (fresh squeezed OJ with champagne … for the adults)

Fahoo fores ♫ dahoo dores ♬ Welcome Christmas bring your cheer ♪

It’s a special time of year for a special type of cheer …


The Merry Dairy is decked out for the holidays. On Sunday, December 10th from noon-4pm please join us for some holiday cheer with our special friends from Top Shelf Preserves, makers of handmade preserves – the perfect stocking stuffer!


Enjoy a glass of homemade mulled wine, egg nog, cider and hot chocolate and check out The Merry Dairy holiday flavours!


Or order a  Merry Dairy ice cream Yule Log Cake or Buche de Noel 🎄 made with vanilla frozen custard layered between homemade chocolate wafer cookies on the inside with an outside layer of peppermint candy cane ice cream followed by whipped cream with cocoa.


And check The Merry Dairy on social media to see if you or your friends share the the #NameOfTheDay and a free cone!

Going Grey (Cup) this weekend? Three flavours to cheer for!

Planning a Grey Cup shindig this Sunday?


Big or small, add a pint of Double Blue and Rocky Mountain so that East meets West in one of Canada’s great traditions! And then bring opposing sides together with a pint of Canada150 Maple Bacon! Enjoy all three pints for a special price of $22.  Available for purchase online or pick up the store.  $8 for individual pints.


Eastern fan? Try Double Blue! Wild blueberries and serviceberries from the lush Ontario landscape are a two point convert, quarterbacked with a strong lemon zest.


Western fan? Try Rocky Mountain – a specialty team combination play of dark chocolate, fudge swirl, marshmallows, and Oreos.


And bring it all together with the #Canada150 Maple Bacon finale as you relive memories of Ottawa Grey Cups from days gone by with Henry Burris, Russ Jackson and Tony Gabriel!


Boo! It begins … Spread the word!

First – Pick up a free pumpkin at The Scary Dairy at 102 Fairmont for the Boo-Scarrry Kids (and yoooouuuuth) Pumpkin Contest! Bring back the carved pumpkin before 3pm on Sunday. For kids 10 and under, one pumpkin will be picked at random to win a free b00-scaaarrry ice cream cake. For the 11-18 category, one pumpkin will be selected by the judgy Scary Dairy and Parkdale Food Centre Staff. All entrants receive a Scary Dairy Treat!


Then second – bring some chill to your scarrry side with a Black Vanilla Frozen Custard cone, made with edible charcoal for that extra je ne sais noir … available now at The Scary Dairy.


And third … on October 31, head on down to 102 Fairmont with non-perishable food and exchange it for a Merry Dairy treat and coupon for our new online store.


So spread the word and bring your family, bring your friends and bring your in-laws for a Scary Dairy Halloween Spooktacular!


And next month … watch for our Grey Cup surprise ….