By Suzanne Zimmer Lowery
616 Grove St., Upper Montclair
397 Centre St., Nutley
1401 Hudson St., Hoboken
Applegate, a dairy farm since 1848, has been serving ice cream treats since the 1920s. Generations have flocked to this iconic stand for flavors like Frozen Hot Chocolate, Graham Central Station, and Black Forest Crunch.
THE BENT SPOON
35 Palmer Sq. W., Princeton
Celebrating its tenth year in business, The Bent Spoon is known for its bold and creative flavors, always changing and often made from locally sourced ingredients. [See story on page 36.]
BISCHOFF ’S ICE CREAM & CANDY
468 Cedar La., Teaneck
Staffers in shirtsleeves and bow ties have been serving super-sized sundaes and banana splits at Bischoff’s for 80 years. There is also a wide array of candy to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Organic Ice Cream
326 Carpenter La., Cape May
Since opening shop in 2011, ice cream maker Nicole Boschen has shown customers at Bliss the deliciousness to be found in terms such as fair trade, organic and vegan. Stop in for a scoop of strawberry balsamic, cinnamon clove or vanilla bean—or any of the constantly changing daily specials.
CLIFF’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
1475 Rte. 46, Ledgewood
Started by a local school teacher in 1976, Cliff’s knows how to keep the kids happy. Holy Cannoli, Morris County Mud and the seasonal favorite, Sticky Bun, are all big sellers at this walk-up stand.
CREAM VALLEY CUSTARD
195 Pole Tavern
Woodstown Rd., Woodstown
Cream Valley is a little roadside stand with a few picnic tables. Interesting combos like Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel and Double Dunker, a mocha-cookie-dough-crumb mix, have fans lining up.
34 Broadway, Denville
At Denville Dairy, the same family has been churning out dozens of flavors for over 45 years. This downtown storefront locale sports a cheerful blue-and- white-striped awning to greet those looking for oversized cones, sundaes, and beautiful specialty cakes and pies.
9 Hulfish St., Princeton
4617 Nottingham Way,,
Halo serves 45 flavors of allnatural deliciousness. All are made at nearby Halo Farm, with their own fresh milk and cream.
HOFFMAN’S ICE CREAM
800 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant
569 Church St.,
Spring Lake Heights
78 Oceanport Ave., Little Silver
444 Ocean Blvd. N., Long Branch
Beachgoers have been stopping by for one of the 40 flavors at the flagship Hoffman’s since 1976. The ever-expanding company just opened a new location in Long Branch, but if you can’t get there, they will ship to anywhere in the country.
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield
This parlor has been around since 1939, but it is famed for being the setting of the final scene in The Sopranos, in 2007. It serves food as well, so you can enjoy sundaes, sodas and shakes, or pie à la mode after a classic burger and fries.
MILK SUGAR LOVE
19 McWilliams Pl., Jersey City
Milk Sugar Love’s seasonal flavors are sold at the shop and from a cart at various local farmers’ markets. Owner Emma Taylor is also a trained pastry chef who makes buttercream- and fondant-covered specialty cakes to order.
NAGLE’S APOTHECARY CAFE
43 Main Ave., Ocean Grove
Nagle’s serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and ice cream. They are wellknown among the shore crowd for cool egg creams and malts.
OWOW COW CREAMERY
237 N. Union St., Lambertville
At OwowCow, the pride is in their cream, made from locally sourced organic dairy. [See story page 42.]
183 Nassau St., Princeton
29 Palmer Sq., Princeton
1325 Rte. 206, Skillman
55 Easton Ave., New Brunswick
Ice cream, pastries and paninis, as well as house-roasted coffees, are the specialties at Thomas Sweet. In addition to the various New Jersey locations, there is a shop in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.
20 Erie St., Jersey City
This charming corner-store location was opened in 1968 by the Berrios family, who emigrated from Puerto Rico. Now a second-generation business, in addition to the regulars, it is wellknown for unusual tropical flavors including lychee and jackfruit ice creams, and soursop and tamarind sorbets.
VAN DYK’S ICE CREAM
145 Ackerman Ave., Ridgewood
It is worth a trip off the commercial beaten path to visit Van Dyk’s. Oversized scoops of super-creamy classics like pistachio and cherry vanilla keep the parking lot full all summer long.