Sweet Ice Cream Shops
When the weather heats up, there’s nothing like cooling off with an ice-cold treat. From newfangled ice cream shops to historic roadside stands, these are a few locals’ favorites you’ve got to try the next time you visit New Jersey.
Cliff's Homemade Ice Cream (Ledgewood)
Situated along Route 46 in Ledgewood, this iconic roadside ice cream parlor has been a family favorite since 1975. Choose from 11 soft-serve flavors and more than 60 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, with creative options like Holy Cannoli and Bavarian Cream Raspberry Truffle, and then sit on one of the outdoor picnic tables to indulge.
The Bent Spoon (Princeton)
This farm-to-spoon ice creamery in Princeton focuses on local and organic ingredients to make its small-batch ice creams and sorbets. Choose from thoughtful flavor pairings such as Strawberry Earl Grey, Apricot & Thyme and Avocado Coconut, or go for something extra indulgent with a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies. Vegan (dairy-free) options are also available.
oWowCow Creamery (Lambertville)
Named New Jersey’s best ice cream shop in 2016 by NJ.com, it should come as no surprise that this Lambertville ice cream shop has plenty of swoon-worthy flavors. Visit the rustic storefront, touting exposed brick walls, high ceilings and steel beams, and choose from 24 flavors, such as Chocolate Jalapeño, Lime Cilantro, Chocolate-Covered Strawberry and three types of vanilla: Tahitian, Madagascar and Indonesian.
Torico Ice Cream (Jersey City)
Established in 1968, generations of families have enjoyed spending time together at this Jersey City mainstay. Walk up to the counter to marvel at a dazzling palette of colorful flavors, from tropical delights like Pineapple Coconut or Ginger to rich indulgences like Strawberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Marshmallow.
Springer's Homemade Ice Cream (Stone Harbor)
The historic building housing this Stone Harbor staple has been around “since Prohibition,” but the building has undergone major renovations, all while keeping its classic charm. While you’re here, take your pick from a lineup of 50 flavors of freshly made ice cream, ices, gelato and sorbets, such as Butterscotch Brickle, Maple Walnut and “Potpourri.”
Van Dyk's Homemade Ice Cream (Ridgewood)
Summertime is ice cream time at this seasonal, cash-only ice cream parlor in Ridgewood, where the scoops, sundaes and milkshakes come in an array of flavors, from classics such as Strawberry and Cookie Dough and creative concoctions such as Banana Oreo and Salted Carmel Truffle.
Magnifico's Ice Cream (East Brunswick)
Known for their famous soft-serve ice cream since 1981, this East Brunswick spot is the place for sundaes, banana splits and tasty novelty treats like ice cream-filled cannoli and soft serve sandwiched between fresh waffles. Keep an eye out for seasonal flavors such as Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Orange Creamsicle and German Chocolate Cake.
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