Your Diwali mithai shopping guide

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This time of year, family and friends in India ask if I still make mithai the old-fashioned way. At home, and from scratch. And I respond that yes, I do, old habits die hard! But over the years, I have started cutting down on the quantities. I still make the traditional ones I helped my mother make, but in smaller quantities for home consumption. I don’t subject our circle of friends here to misshapen laddoos and hard-in-the-middle gulab jamuns!

For them, I turn to the Desi News guide to the best treats in town.

Annapurna’s Mithai Shoppe People line up for their authentic Bengali and North Indian sweets. Love their wide range of barfis! 1544 Warden Avenue, Scarborough. 416-449-0157.

A1 Sweets Khoya sweets, barfi, etc. 3300 McNicoll Avenue, Scarbourough, 416-299-9424. Oakville location at 2345 Trafalgar Road, 905-257-0808.

Bhojan Bhandar Barfis, laddoos, jalebis, and khoya mithai in interesting shapes and colours. 15 Jevlan Drive, unit E Woodbridge, 905-856-9099.

Brar Sweets & Restaurant Kachoris, samosas, etc. Divine gulab jamuns, kaju barfi, kalakand, gondh ka laddoo, and lots more. Strictly vegetarian. 199 Advance Boulevard, unit 12, Brampton. 905-799-1625.

Gagan Sweets Twenty-five different north Indian and Bengali sweets and namkeens. 3175 Rutherford Road, units 43, 44. 905-532-0126.

Gurulukshmi A wide range of traditional South Indian snacks. 7070 Saint Barbara Blvd., unit 3, Mississauga. 905-795-2299.

Kwality Sweets and Restaurant. Khoya barfi, kaju and pista mithai. On Steeles Avenue, just west of Torbram Road, Brampton.  905-790-1684.

New India Sweets Mithai, pakoras and chaat with a homemade touch. 1201 Britannia Road West, Mississauga, Unit 17. 905-814-1730.

Nilgiris Ladoos, murukkus and other traditional South Indian sweets and snacks. Unit 50, 3021 Markham Road, Scarborough. 416-412-0024.

Premium Sweets Traditional Bengali sweets including decadent rabri, rasmalai and mishti doi, chaat and more. Units 15-18, 7025 Tomken Road, Mississauga. 905-696-6893.

Royal India Sweets & Restaurant Tons of sweets and savouries. Two locations in Brampton: 31 Melanie Drive, 905-458-0011 and 116 Kennedy Road South, 905-454-0883.

Samosas & Sweets Factory Kaju roll, kalakand, rasgulla, besan ke laddoo, kaju barfi, boondi ke laddoo, gajrella, chocolate barfi ,  khoya barfi and more. Look for alu tikki-chhole, samosa-chhole and various pakoras on offer. Their tent sale is one loyal customers wait for – a great place to pick up firecrackers! 1850 Albion Road, unit 8, Etobicoke. 416-992-5515.

Sweet Palace Pure khoya barfi, milk cake, and all Bengali sweets. 1098 Peter Robertson Blvd., unit 15, Brampton.  905-790-1777.

Shriji Catering Traditional Gujarati sweets and snacks. 71 West Drive, unit 34, Brampton, 905-451-4050.

Udupi Palace South Indian snacks plus savouries and sweets. Gerrard India Bazaar, 1460 Gerrard Street East. 416-405-8189.

Village of India A wide range of pure vegetarian sweets, savouries and snacks. 114 Kennedy Road South, Brampton. 905-450-3333.

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