July 21st is National Ice Cream Day and we’re getting you all set to celebrate with a roundup of some #NJMOM favorites for one of summer’s sweetest pleasures. From trendy rolled ice cream at Freezing Point in Lyndhurst, to vegan frozen treats at Cookman Creamery in Asbury Park, to ice cream smothered waffles at Bbang Goom Teo Bakery & Coffee in Palisades Park, New Jersey has a scoop to satisfy every flavor craving. Grab a spoon or a cone, and get to tasting with your little ones as you sample some of New Jersey’s best ice cream shops. Be sure to let us know if one of your favorites made our list!
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Here are some amazing ice cream shops around New Jersey you need to know about:
I love sitting outside at Applegate Farm Ice Cream in Montclair with a black raspberry chocolate chip with chocolate sprinkles in a cone. It’s a childhood favorite and a place I still love to bring my kids.” – Alison Ward
Enjoy sweet scoops of the past at Applegate Farm. This stellar sweet spot has deep family roots, dating back to 1848 (!), with tradition to match taste and quality. The entire family contributes to continuing to churn out some of the best homemade ice cream around New Jersey.
Applegate Farm Ice Cream
616 Grove St, Montclair, NJ 07043
This family favorite is known for delicious flavors, its classic ice-cream parlor feel, and affordable sweets. Their Magic Blends are a unique, creamy drinkable ice cream, akin to Dairy Queen’s Blizzards. Although Magic Fountain is closed in the winter, that just makes these summertime visits that much sweeter.
498 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
Nasto’s in Newark is incredible! It’s a family-owned, third-generation, homemade ice cream shop that makes their ice cream right in the back. My favorite flavors include cannoli and sweet corn.” – Cyd Katz Seidel
With flavors like Holy Cannoli and Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, Nasto’s Ice Cream Co. continues to innovate and satisfy any sweet tooth with homemade ice cream, spumoni and tortoni, reginetta, cakes, fresh fruit sorbets and many other specialties. This spot is a Newark landmark dating back to 1939, bringing old world Italian frozen favorites to Jersey.
Nasto’s Ice Cream Co.
236 Jefferson St, Newark, NJ 07105
With light and airy flavors like peach, chocolate with cherries, and strawberry Heath bar, it’s hard to pick just one of these ice cream options. Luckily, you don’t have to! When you buy two pints you get the third for free at Halo Farms. Stop by Halo Pub Princeton or Halo Pub Hamilton for the same great ice cream flavors served in individualized portions.
970 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ 08648
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Using clean, innovative, and sometimes even “boozy” ingredients, The Bent Spoon is the perfect stop to try something a little different for your next ice cream craving. The warm atmosphere of this rustic-style parlor invites families in for anything from an ice cream sandwich to a classic cone. Don’t leave Princeton without trying the green tea ice cream!
The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542
If you want to step out of your comfort zone and into a whole new type of ice cream experience, Bbang Goom Teo is the perfect place for you. This Korean bakery specializes in waffles and ice cream mixed with fruits, chocolate, whipped cream, and everything in between. Talk about a treat! For something a little lighter, order a bowl of Bingsoo, which is traditional, Korean shaved iced. Their monstrous portions are great for a hungry family!
Bbang Goom Teo Bakery & Coffee
7 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Everything at Cliff’s is so good, but you need to experience the Skyscraper.” – Michelle Marques Oliveira
Since 1975, Cliff’s Ice Cream in Ledgewood has been serving up scrumptious homemade memories. With over 60 unique flavors to choose from (Homemade Sticky Buns and Huckleberry Buckle among them) your family’s homemade ice cream dreams come true at this old-fashioned stop, open year round.
Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream
1475 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
There is truly nothing better. The flavors rock and you can go vegan!” – Bridget Marie Riepl
Cookman Creamery is a local favorite in hip and happening Asbury Park, and we know your fam will love it too. Step inside this unique ice cream shop for traditional, vegan or gluten free options like Blue Lavender, Ube, Cheesecake, and so much more.
711 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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The best ice cream has got to be Jersey Freeze in Freehold. Best soft serve around!” – Rich Wolle
This legendary soft serve has your family’s name written all over it. Since the ’50’s, Jersey Freeze has been known for its soft serve cups or cones (we love the Pistachio) and comfort food, old-time drive-in favorites like burgers, melts, and shakes. Their shake of the month creations are out of this world creative (and delicious). Let us know if you spot The Boss stopping in for a cone as he’s been known to do!
120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728
This next ice cream parlor is definitely a twist. Freezing Point is bringing one of the nation’s most popular ice cream trends to New Jersey. “Rolled ice cream” is flavored milk poured onto a sheet of freezing cold metal, then rolled up and topped with chocolate, candy, and the like. It’s a unique frozen treat that’s true foodie Instagram material. Take a seat on the couches and scribble your signature on their blackboard wall while you enjoy your crave-satisfying creation.
525 Riverside Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Enjoy a blast from the past at this 50’s themed ice cream parlor. Bischoff’s is a part of Teaneck’s history and a family tradition. Complete with a candy counter and unique flavors for every mood, including our favorites, Pineapple and Pumpkin Fudge, this place is gem that generation after generation continues to enjoy.
Bischoff’s Ice Cream & Candy
468 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ 07666
My favorite ice cream spot in New Jersey has to be Gelotti Ice Cream in Paterson (also have locations in Caldwell, Montclair, Randolph). They serve ice cream, Italian ice, gelato, and yogurt, which are all amazing! My favorites are cherry and lemon Italian ice and banana split.” -Diana Marie Robles
Gelotti Ice Cream won Best Gelato in America at this year’s Gelato Festival, so you know it’s stellar. But this sweet spot also offers ice cream, Italian ice, and sorbets. The traditional Italian and seasonal flavors really get us groovin’ – Cassata Siciliana, Apple Pie, and Pumpkinnoli are a few of our favorites.
Gelotti Ice Cream
2 Union Ave, Paterson, NJ 07502
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They even offer free tastes! So taste everything until you find something you like. Yummmm.” – @deuce671
Serving happiness since 1968, Torico Ice Cream started as a pregnancy craving and blossomed into a homey, welcoming neighborhood ice cream shop in Jersey City. Feast on homemade flavors year round, order pints to go, and try out cool Asian flavors like litchi, green tea, or ube (purple yam).
Torico Ice Cream
20 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
My personal fave is vanilla peanut butter, but with 120 homemade flavors, there’s a crazy amount of unique seasonal flavors to choose from. Coffee Ralph with cookie crumbs, almonds, and marshmallow…hello! Take a number – it’s like being at a busy deli.” – Maria Avila
Although you might have to wait to sample all your faves at Denville Dairy, we assure you it’s well worth it. This place is packed in the summertime with families waiting to get a cone or a scoop, order a legendary ice cream cake, or bring home their favorite of 120 homemade flavors.
34 Broadway # A, Denville, NJ 07834
Famous for their rotating specialty flavors, regular customers check Ice Cream Charlie’s Facebook page daily to see the exciting new ice creams of the week. Our favorites are Frozen Hot Chocolate (made with Swiss Miss), Rice Krispy Treat, and Witches Brew (pumpkin ice cream with fudge and Oreos).
Ice Cream Charlie’s
200 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Drive by one of these Jersey Shore institutions and you’re sure to see a line out the door. Hoffman’s Ice Cream has been serving the Garden State the sweetest scoops since 1955! Stop by for one of the signature flavors (Jersey Monkey and Caramel Nut Cluster are must-try’s) or a shake. Psst! You can book Hoffman’s ice cream truck for social events, birthday parties, and weddings now, too.
Hoffman’s Ice Cream
800 Richmond Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
other locations in Spring Lake Heights, Little Silver, Long Branch
Long before it made TV history as being the setting for the iconic last scene of The Sopranos, Holsten’s ice cream parlor has been a favorite for generations of North Jersey families. This old-fashioned ice cream parlor just celebrated its 75th anniversary, and has been doling out homemade ice cream, sundaes, ice cream sodas, and milkshakes from its counter for decades of dessert goodness.
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003