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The Best Ice Cream Shops in NJ

Is there any better way to top off a warm summer’s day than with a scoop (or two) of ice cream? You’re in luck because New Jersey certainly isn’t lacking in ice cream shops to choose from. While everyone has their own local favorite, some spots are simply too good to be missed.

We scoped—or should we say scooped—out the Garden State’s best ice cream parlors. Loosen your belt and enjoy!


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Applegate Farm Homemade Ice Cream

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 616 Grove Street, Montclair
Details: Choose from delicious options such as Caramel Cow—caramel ice cream with mini chocolate-covered caramel cups–and Frozen Hot Chocolate, featuring Swiss chocolate ice cream with flakes of dark chocolate and mini marshmallows. You’ll also get a dose of history with every lick—the farm has survived the Civil War, The Great Depression and two World Wars.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


The Boston Ice Cream Company

Ice Cream Shops

Location: 348 Millburn Avenue, Millburn
Details:
Featuring premium Emack & Bolio’s ice cream, new weekly sundaes and specialty cones, this shop has a cult-like following on various social media platforms. Custom ice cream cakes and catering services are a crowd-pleaser for any event. You’ll also find an appealing selection of chocolate-covered Oreos, pretzels and other handmade chocolates at this Millburn favorite.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 1475 Route 46, Ledgewood
Details:
It may take some time to choose what you want at Cliff’s–this award-winning ice cream shop offers over 60 unique flavors of hand-dipped ice cream with intriguing names like Butter Beer, Morris County Mud and Graham Central Station. Slurp on your cone or devour your cup as you sit on a picnic table or lean against your car, taking in the local sights and sounds.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Denville Dairy

Ice Cream Shops

Location: 34 A Broadway, Denville
Details: Expect a wait on warm spring and summer days but you’ll find it’s worth it! This Denville ice cream shop has been scooping up delicious homemade treats for over 50 years. Choose from traditional cones, ice cream sandwiches, yummy sundaes and more. Enjoy your selection while perched on indoor and outdoor benches or take a stroll around downtown Denville.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Gracie and the Dudes Organic Ice Cream

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 1062 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
Details: Customized take-home ice cream is not just a myth. Gracie and the Dudes allows you to pick a flavor (from basic chocolate to something wilder like cannoli) and add some mix-ins (gummy bears, candy cane pieces and more). The shop will make four pints of your selection, package it for you and even include a label with your picture. Perfect for special occasions!
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Hoffman’s Ice Cream & Yogurt

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: Little Silver, Long Branch, Point Pleasant Beach, and Spring Lake Heights
Details: What started as one of the state’s first Carvel shops in 1955 has since grown into a name of its own, with four NJ locations. Shore-goers can choose from more than 30 varieties of homemade ice cream. Sample flavors like Jersey Monkey no matter where you are—they ship ice cream nationwide.
More info: Visit the website or call individual locations.


Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 1063 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Details:
If you recognize this spot when you walk in, it’s probably because the famous last scene of “The Sopranos” was filmed here. Don’t stop believin’ in their homemade ice cream, chocolates and candies. Sit at the counter and sip on an ice-cream soda or devour a banana split in one of the booths. The owners haven’t changed the shop much over the years to keep its old-fashioned atmosphere alive.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 476 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange
Details:
Select from over 52 flavors of gourmet ice cream and yogurt, all homemade on the premises. Kids (and adults too) will go wild for their Bubble Gum or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. The shop is also available for “Make Your Own Sundae” birthday parties.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Milk Sugar Love

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 19 McWilliams Place, Jersey City
Details: This shop’s name was chosen since the owners believe that ice cream is milk, sugar and love in its simplest form. The ice cream here is made from organic milk and cream, along with top-of-the-line New Jersey produce. Four standby flavors are available daily—Salted Caramel, Classic Chocolate, Lemon Olive Oil and Vanilla Bean. Other flavors change daily based on the produce available at local farmers’ markets.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


South Street Creamery & Cafe

Ice Cream ShopsLocation: 146 South Street, Morristown
Details: The menu tantalizingly describes Grandma ice cream as “everything you’d love your Grandma to have in her kitchen…cookie dough, frosting and cake batter.” If this doesn’t do it for you, then you’re a tough sell. The owners claim the secret to their success is the finest ingredients and a touch of love. South Street serves a full lunch menu along with their gourmet dessert treats.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Vanilla Bean Creamery

Ice Cream Shops

Location: 22 North Avenue West, Cranford
Details: Vanilla Bean Creamery is run by a graduate of the Ice Cream University (yes, there really is such a thing) so you know it’s legit. Choose from more than 32 delicious premium flavors both classic and exotic. Summer seasonal favorites sure to cause drooling include Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, Glazed Donut and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.

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Facebook / Applegate Farm Ice Cream
The Boston Ice Cream Company
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Denville Dairy
Gracie & The Dude’s Organic Ice Cream
Facebook / Hoffman’s Ice Cream
Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery
Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream
Facebook / Milk Sugar Love
South Street Creamery
Facebook / Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery