The Best Ice Cream In NJ: A Sweet Summertime Staple

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Looking for ice cream in NJ? If you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 21), no worries—you can still celebrate with #NJMOM favorite places for one of the 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, there’s a scoop to satisfy every flavor craving. Grab a spoon or a cone, and get ready to sample ice cream with your kids in NJ’s best shops. And if you are looking for more frozen treats, check out our 10 Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shops In New Jersey For A Sweet Sundae.

Featured Photo Taken at Cookman Creamery

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26 places where you can find ice cream in NJ

Ice Cream in North NJ

Amanda Bananas
Looking for an alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt? Well, then this is the place for you. Amanda Bananas frozen treats are made 100% from fruit and are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. But this isn’t a brick-and-mortar shop, so be on the lookout for the Amanda Bananas food truck.
Amanda Bananas
Food Truck in Hoboken, NJ
Text for hours and location (973) 495-7718

Applegate Farm Ice Cream
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 in NJ.
Applegate Farm Ice Cream
616 Grove St, Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 744-5900

Bbang Goom Teo Bakery & Coffee
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
(201) 941-1007

Bischoff’s Ice Cream & Candy
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 unique flavors for every mood, including cake batter brownie, maple walnut, and coffee cookie crush, this place is a gem that generation after generation continues to enjoy.
Bischoff’s Ice Cream & Candy
468 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 836-0333

Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream
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 shop, open year-round.
Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream
1475 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
(973) 584-9721

Denville Dairy
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 homemade flavors.
Denville Dairy
34 Broadway # A, Denville, NJ 07834
(973) 627-4214

Gelotti Ice Cream
Gelotti Ice Cream has won Best Gelato in America at the Gelato Festival in the past, so you know it’s stellar. But this sweet spot also offers ice cream, Italian ice, and yogurts. The traditional Italian and seasonal flavors really get us groovin’ – Cassata Siciliana, Apple Pie, and Stracciatella are a few of our favorites.
Gelotti Ice Cream
2 Union Ave, Paterson, NJ 07502
(973) 595-1647

Holsten’s
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.
Holsten’s
1063 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 338-7091

Ice Cream Charlie’s
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 Lucky Charms, Purple Cow, and Fluffernutter.
Ice Cream Charlie’s
200 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 939-8133

Milk Sugar Love
How does Lemon Meringue, Chocolate Chipotle Cherry, and Matcha Brownie ice cream sound? Oh wait, there are even more unique flavors like Cinnamon Donut, Blackberry Basil, and Honey Corncake. The flavors are inspired by travel and restaurants and the name for this sweet shop represents ice cream in its simplest form—milk, sugar, and love.
Milk Sugar Love
394 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307 – (551) 222-4762
19 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – (201) 984-0530

Nasto’s Ice Cream Co.
With flavors like Holy Cannoli and Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, this spot is a Newark landmark dating back to 1939. They’re famous for old-world Italian frozen favorites that will satisfy any sweet tooth with homemade ice cream, spumoni and tortoni, Tartufo, cakes, fresh fruit sorbets, and many other specialties.
Nasto’s Ice Cream Co.
236 Jefferson St, Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 589-3333

Torico Ice Cream
Serving happiness since 1968, Torico Ice Cream was originally a deli that served up tropical ice cream flavors the owners craved from their native Puerto Rico. Since then, it’s become a homey, welcoming neighborhood ice cream shop in Jersey City. Feast on homemade flavors year-round, order pints to go, and try out cool flavors like black sesame, green tea, or ube (purple yam).
Torico Ice Cream
20 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 432-9458

Ice Cream in Central NJ

Cookman Creamery
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, Oatmilk Cereal, Rosewater, and so much more.
Cookman Creamery
711 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 361-5215

Halo Farms
With light and airy flavors like raspberry peach, chocolate with cherries, and strawberry Heath bar, it’s hard to pick just one of these ice cream options at Halo Farms. And if your sweet tooth strikes unexpectantly, there are many more locations to visit. Stop by Halo Pub Princeton or Halo Pub Hamilton, or Halo Fete Princeton for the same great ice cream flavors served in individualized portions. Or, if you are looking for something different, try Halo Fete Princeton, an ice cream patisserie.
Halo Farms
Halo Farms – 970 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ 08648 – (609) 695-3311
Halo Pub Princeton – 9 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 – (609) 921-1710
Halo Pun Hamilton – 4617 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, NJ 08690 – (609) 586-1811
Halo Fete 
Princeton – 5 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 – (609) 240-8147

Hoffman’s Ice Cream
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 Cookie Monster are must-try’s) or a shake. Bonus: 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 – (732) 892-0270
569 Church Street, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 – (732) 974-2253
444 Ocean Blvd. North, Long Branch, NJ 07740 – (732) 229-5500

Jersey Freeze
This legendary soft serve has your family’s name written all over it. Since the ’50s, Jersey Freeze has been known for the best ice cream in NJ, serving up soft-serve cups or cones (we love the Pistachio) and comfort food, old-time drive-in favorites like burgers, malts, and shakes. Their shake of the month creations are out-of-this-world creative (and delicious). And check out their location at Bell Works in Holmdel.
Jersey Freeze
120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728 – (732) 462-3008
101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 – (732) 837-0355

Magic Fountain
This family favorite is known for its delicious flavors and affordable sweets. Their Magic Blends are a unique, creamy drinkable ice cream akin to Dairy Queen’s Blizzards. Currently, Magic Fountain has online ordering available.
Magic Fountain
498 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-2565

Nicholas Creamery
Chocolate Bombdiggity—with a name like that how could you not give it a try? Or what about Melonhead Acai Swirl or Lemon Basil Sorbet? Small batch, all-natural ice cream with seasonal ingredients are available at three locations in Monmouth County, offering milkshakes, sundaes, and even fresh, house made waffle cones. And for the adults, don’t miss the Kentucky Pig—a flavor made with 1792 Bourbon, bacon, and Valrhona chocolate.
Nicholas Creamery
84 1st Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 – (732) 204-2340
586 River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704 – (732) 852-2033
1201 Sycamore Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 – (848) 456-4035

OwowCow
Handcrafted super-premium ice cream from scratch with local organic and natural ingredients, yes, please. Local roasted fruits and vegetables and organic extracts are used in their frozen treats and the bakers even make their own cookies and BTO’s (better than Oreos). When you visit you can choose from 12 signature flavors like Sweet Honey Cream, I Hate Chocolate and Honey Lavender. Also look out for monthly specials, seasonal favorites, dairy-free sorbet, and vegan ice cream too.
OwowCow
237 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-2234

Surreal Creamery
With locations in New York and Pennsylvania, Surreal Creamery also is known for ice cream in NJ. Try the Mason Jar Special in flavors like Earl Grey Everyday or the Chocolate Blackout. Or try a Floatea which is bubble tea combined with ice cream—yum!
Surreal Creamery
8 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(646) 389-8867

The Bent Spoon
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.
The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 924-2368

Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
For over 40 years, this Princeton favorite has been churning out homemade ice cream, blend-ins, pastries, and chocolates. With shops in Skillman, New Brunswick, Princeton Junction, or their two locations in Princeton, you can try their unique flavors like Bittersweet Chocolate, Mississippi Mud Pie, or Banana Pudding.
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
29 Palmer Square W., Princeton, NJ 08542 – (609) 924-7222
183 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 – (609) 683-8720 1325
US-206, Skillman, NJ 08558 – (609) 454-5280
55 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 – (732) 828-3855
94 Princeton Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 – (609) 269-5630

Ice Cream in South NJ

Duffer’s Restaurant & Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
Indulge in delicious homemade flavors, sugar-free ice cream, dairy-free ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and low-fat frozen yogurt. But wait, there’s more—Duffer’s also has a restaurant, mini-golf course, and arcade enjoy an afternoon of fun with a cherry on top.
Duffer’s
5210 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 729-1817

Fleck’s Ice Cream
Try sundaes like the Frutti Loop, Almond Joy, and the Boston Cream Puff, or indulge in a Sugar Cookie Big Chill to cool off. Fleck’s is the perfect place to find ice cream in NJ.
Fleck’s
1600 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ 08251
(609) 889-2393

Richman’s Ice Cream
Since 1894, Richman’s has been providing sweets and treats for South Jersey. Cotton candy ice cream, a hot chocolate chip sundae, a cannoli sundae, and more will keep you coming back to this ice cream shop. And if you are looking for more, Richman’s also has a burger company too.
Richman’s
3107 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, NJ 08203 – (609) 264-5149
453 South Route 73, Hammonton, NJ 08037 – (609) 878-3829

Sundae Best Homemade Ice Cream
With two locations in Avalon, you can enjoy the traditional ice cream sundae, ice cream floats, and banana splits at Sundae Best. Or taste their well-known flavors like Avalon Mud, Surf, and Garden Mint.
Sundae Best
2900 Dune Dr., Avalon, NJ 08202 – (609) 368-1121
2801 Boardwalk, Avalon, NJ 08202 – (609) 368-1121

Where’s your favorite place for ice cream in NJ? Let us know if we missed any! 

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.

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