The Best Ice Cream In NJ: A Sweet Summertime Staple

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Looking for ice cream in NJ? National Ice Cream Day is July 17, and you can celebrate with NJMOM’s favorite places for one of the summer’s sweetest pleasures. From nostalgic, creamy soft serve at Denville Dairy in Denville to vegan frozen treats at Cookman Creamery in Asbury Park to gourmet recipes and fresh flavor combos from Latteria in Swedesboro, 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 want more frozen treats, check out these old-fashioned ice cream parlors for a sweet sundae. (featured photo taken at Cookman Creamery)

32 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

Beenie’s Ice Cream
Like the family dog it was named after, it is truly one of a kind with creative and classic flavors. Try fun flavors like Chiapas Cold Brew Coffee, Honey Lavender, Glazed Donut, and Thai Iced Tea. There are also dairy-free flavors like Flamingo with piña colada sorbet, made with pineapple puree, shredded coconut, and cream.
Beenie’s Ice Cream
38 Morris St.,
Morristown, NJ 07960
(862) 260-9221

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 served 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

Das’ Creamery
The handmade, gourmet blends take inspiration from maple ice cream in Quebec, Canada, to creamy gelatos from Florence and Rome, Italy. The unique combinations include Banana Oreo, Dark Knight (licorice), and Fig. They also have vegan and dairy-free options.
Das’ Creamery
The Shoppes at Village Green, 100 US-46, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
(862) 258-3593

Denville Dairy
Although you might have to wait in line 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

Holsten’s
Long before it made TV history as the setting for the iconic last scene of The Sopranos, Holsten’s ice cream parlor was 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 Olive Oil, Hazelnut Chip, or Matcha Oreo ice cream sound? Oh wait, there are even more unique flavors like Honey Lavender and Guava Cream Cheese. The flavors are inspired by travel and restaurants, and the name of 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 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 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 Lavender Chamomile, Golden Milk, PB Crunch, and much more.
Cookman Creamery
711 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 361-5215

Halo Farms
With light and airy flavors like Strawberry Amaretto, 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. Make sure to stop by Halo Fete Princeton, an ice cream patisserie where they specialize in unique and pretty ice cream cakes and serve single slices.
Halo Farms
Halo Farms – 970 Spruce St, Lawrenceville, 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’ll likely 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-tries) 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

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

Luigi’s Ice Cream
If you are looking for some unique ice cream in NJ, why not try hand-rolled ice cream? Try flavors like S’mores, Curious George, and Bourbon Pecan. They also have Bubble Tea and Milkshakes too.
Luigi’s Ice Cream
60 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 – (732) 383-7707
349 Lake Avenue #110, Metuchen, NJ 08840 – (732) 372-716

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. Craving a cone but don’t want to deal? Skip the line and order ahead online so that when you arrive, it’s ready for pick up.
Magic Fountain
498 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-2565

Nicholas Creamery
Brown Sugar Cookie Dough—with a name like that, how could you not give it a try? Or what about PeanutButterpalooza or Mint Oreo? Small-batch, all-natural ice cream with seasonal ingredients is available at three locations in Monmouth County, offering milkshakes, sundaes, and even fresh, house-made waffle cones.
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 make homemade cookies. When you visit, you can choose from 12 signature flavors like Blueberry Lemon, I Hate Chocolate, and Honey Lavender. Also, look out for monthly specials, seasonal favorites, dairy-free sorbet, and vegan ice cream.
OwowCow
237 N. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-2234

Sundaes The Ice Cream Place
A popular Jersey Shore ice cream spot, Sundaes has several locations throughout New Jersey. They also have a variety of flavors like Mississippi Mud Pie, Cake Batter, Razzle Dazzle, and Ooey Gooey Oreo. And they are one of the only spots on the East Coast with Dole Whip, a pineapple freeze favorite usually found in Hawaii and Disney World.
Sundaes The Ice Cream Place
1059 NJ-34, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747 – (732) 566-0919
2211 NJ-35, Manasquan, NJ 08736 – (732) 223-9555
3217 NJ-88, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742 – (732) 892-6464
324 Atlantic City Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08757 – (732) 349-6556

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
130 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 – (908) 228-3193

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, 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

Ice Cream in South NJ

Alaura Candy Co.
With unique flavors like Pink Cotton Candy, Raspberry Peppermint Bark, or Vegan Ripple Vanilla Ice Cream, Alaura changes flavors daily and lists them on their website. Put in an online order for pickup—there are also ice cream pies, milkshakes, and food.
Alaura Candy Co.
36 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071
(856) 589-3845

Cherry on Top Ice Cream Shoppe
Nacho Ice Cream Tray? Yes, you read that right—at Cherry on Top Ice Cream Shoppe there are some truly unique ways to eat ice cream in NJ. They pride themselves in incredible creations, like the Pretzel Ice Cream Sandwich or Frosted Lemonade Milkshake.
Cherry on Top Ice Cream Shoppe
26 S. Main St., Mullica Hill, New Jersey 08062
(856) 417-3614

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 for a fun day.
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

Gelato Dolceria
The taste of Italy in South Jersey—indulge in Cherries and Cream, Spumoni, Honeycomb, or Dulce de Leche Gelato. Or try Blood Orange or Melon Chili Sorbetto. There are also pastries, cookies, and hot drinks like Americano or Affogato.
Gelato Dolceria
147 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 – (856) 429-8100
792 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108 – (856) 477-2454

Latteria
Produced by hormone-free cows raised on family farms, Latteria stocks the creamery daily with 30 hand-picked flavors from their comprehensive recipe book. Try 23-19 (chocolate with rainbow-colored vanilla cake and colored marshmallows), mango tango, mint oreo, and The Colorful Cloud (cake batter with rainbow sprinkles, colored marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and chocolate chunks). Yum!
Latteria
Swedes Plaza, 95 Woodstown Rd, Unit i, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 

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 delicious treats will keep you coming back to this ice cream shop. And if you are looking for more substantial food, Richman’s also has a burger company.
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, Smurf, 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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  2. You must try Oivia’s ice cram 619 Rte 33 In Millstone NJ. This is in my opinion the best S’mores sundae ever!! the graham crackers are povorized over the ice cream and marshmellow and hot fudge toppings, Topped off, of course with the most delicious whipped cream and a cherry. A MUST try place for ice cream.

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