SOME OF JERSEY’S CHOICEST ICE CREAM DESTINATIONS

By Suzanne Zimmer Lowery

APPLEGATE FARM
applegatefarm.com
616 Grove St., Upper Montclair
973.744.5900
397 Centre St., Nutley
973.661.1166
1401 Hudson St., Hoboken
201.942.9005

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
609.924.2368
thebentspoon.net

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
201.836.0333

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.

BLISS HOMEMADE
Organic Ice Cream
326 Carpenter La., Cape May
609.884.3350

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
973.584.9721
cliffsicecream.com

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
856.769.0600

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.

DENVILLE DAIRY
34 Broadway, Denville
973.627.4214
denvilledairy.com

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.

HALO PUB
halofarm.com
9 Hulfish St., Princeton
609.921.1710
4617 Nottingham Way,,
Hamilton Square
609.586.1811

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
hoffmansicecream.net
800 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant
732.892.0270
569 Church St.,
Spring Lake Heights
732.974.2253
78 Oceanport Ave., Little Silver
732.530.3773
444 Ocean Blvd. N., Long Branch
732.229.5500

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.

HOLSTEN’S
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield
973.338.7091
holstens.com

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
201.984.0530
milksugarlove.com

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
732.776.9797

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
609.397.2234
owowcow.com

At OwowCow, the pride is in their cream, made from locally sourced organic dairy. [See story page 42.]

THOMAS SWEET
thomassweet.com
183 Nassau St., Princeton
609.683.8720
29 Palmer Sq., Princeton
609.924.7222
1325 Rte. 206, Skillman
609.454.5280
55 Easton Ave., New Brunswick
732.828.3855

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.

TORICO
20 Erie St., Jersey City
201.432.9458
toricoicecream.com

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
201.444.1429

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.

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