I scream, you scream, Monmouth and Ocean counties scream for ice cream. That’s why the two counties are chock full of ice cream parlors serving up cones of soft-serve swirls and bowls piled high with scoops of favorite flavors sprinkled with mouth-watering toppings. From seasonal shops to all-year-round staples, we’ve compiled a guide that will lead you to ice cream heaven this summer.
It’s no secret that summer and the Jersey Shore go hand-in-hand, but what better way to celebrate the season than by indulging in a sweet treat from family-run ice cream shops that have been keeping beach communities sweet for years on end.
Hoffman’s Ice Cream and Yogurt has been encouraging patrons to “take home the very best” since 1976 at its original location at 800 Richmond Ave. in Point Pleasant Beach.
The shop originally started out as one of the first Carvel Ice Cream stores in New Jersey, but when the franchise expired in 1976, Hoffman’s Ice Cream and Yogurt was born and the rest is history.
Today Hoffman’s scoops favorites like Cookie Monster, Jersey Monkey, Fudge Mint Cookie and many more in three other locations in addition to Point Pleasant Beach.
Customers can get their ice cream fix at 569 Church St. in Spring Lake Heights, 78 Oceanport Ave. in Little Silver and 444 Ocean Blvd. North in Long Branch.
Want Hoffman’s to come to you? The idea is not farfetched because Hoffman’s ice cream truck, better referred to as “Chillie Willie,” can be rented so the Hoffman’s experience can make its way straight to your event, providing the same quality products that are handmade in the Point Pleasant shop and served at each location.
Sundaes The Ice Cream Place is another family owned and operated ice cream shop whose original Point Pleasant location started out as a Carvel. In 1986 when the owner’s son took over, Sundaes The Ice Cream Place made a new name for itself.
Sundaes believes in friendly, old-fashioned service with quality products at each shop from its original 3217 Rte. 88 location in Point Pleasant to its other locations including 324 Atlantic City Blvd. in Toms River, 2211 Rte. 35, in Manasquan and 1059 Rte. 34 in Aberdeen.
Strollo’s Lighthouse started as Tony Strollo’s Bus in the ‘30s when Tony Strollo himself brought his family recipe for Italian ice from Italy to Long Branch. In 1976, Strollo’s son Ray opened the first Strollo’s Lighthouse at 250 Ocean Ave. North in Long Branch.
In addition to the original location today you can find this homemade Italian ice hotspot at 69 Brighton Ave. in Long Branch; 64 Bridge Ave., in Red Bank; 500 Main St., Belmar; and 101 Ocean Ave., in Point Pleasant Beach.
Try the homemade Italian ice with which their name originated or choose from one of the many hard or soft-serve ice cream and yogurt flavors.
SONGS AND SCOOPS
Instead of just stopping at an ice cream shop for a sundae, make a night out of your dessert craving and stop into a singing ice cream shop for ice cream and a show.
The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, located at 2305 Grand Central Ave., in Lavallette, is a vaudeville style nightly Broadway cabaret.
Order from a menu including shakes, floats, sundaes and a la mode selections while performers move through the shop singing to guests. You may even become part of a show instead of just taking one in.
The Music Man also presents Medley’s Singing Ice Cream Parlour at 1309 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. The Surflight Theatre brings The Show Place to Beach Haven at 201 Engleside Ave.
ORGANIC & VEGAN
Cookman Creamery, 711 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, serves ice cream for everyone, literally. Whether you’re dessert choice needs to be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free or traditional, there is a scoop or two or even three that’s perfect for you.
Cookman Creamery also brings fans of ice cream the Cookman Cart, which will be bouncing around the area. For a complete schedule of locations where the cart will be stopping this June, visit the Cookman Creamery Facebook page.
Gracie and the Dudes serves ice cream with no artificial colors or flavors as well as no high fructose corn syrup. According to their website, Gracie and the Dudes was created with one thought in mind: the health and wellness of Gracie, the Dudes and now, Sadie too, as well as countless other children who deserve a healthier option when eating a sweet treat.
Craving a cone or searching for a sundae? Hunting down a milkshake or cruising for a cake? Gracie and the Dudes have you covered at four different locations.
See for yourself at 1062 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright; 52 Laird St. in Pier Village, Long Branch; 40 West Front Street in Red Bank; or 973 Rte. 36 in Atlantic Highlands.
Scooping and serving 28 flavors in Long Branch and 20 in Sea Bright, Gracie and the Dudes typically keep at least 12 core flavors and then rotate the rest of the flavorful options.
The Main Scoop, 140 Main St., Manasquan, has over 80 homemade ice cream flavors to scoop that constantly rotate. Does your sweet tooth demand more than just ice cream? This shop also offers customers a variety of new and vintage candies as well as cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels and cookies.
Surfin Sundae, 36 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, serves ice cream that is made in house in small batches. The flavors change throughout the year and are created based off what inspires them at the moment. They also offer seasonal flavors and are open to your ideas!
With flavors like Makers Mark with Black Cherries, Fruity Pebbles, Irish Car Bomb, Buttery Popcorn, Vegan Peanut Butter with Cayenne Pepper and many more, it’s safe to say they’re scooping ice cream you won’t find in any old ice cream parlor.
Jersey Freeze, 120 Manalapan Ave., in Freehold, has been urging customers to “come taste the best,” since 1952. Serving more than just ice cream, stop in for dinner and dessert with a menu that includes burgers, steak sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, wraps and more and ,of course, premium soft serve, gourmet hard ice cream and the list keeps going.
The Sundae Times Ice Cream Parlor, 19 Atlantic Ave., in Spring Lake, offers customers delectable hard ice cream flavors with an inviting ambiance. Make sure to stop in for a scrumptious sundae or marvelous milkshake.
The Perfect Scoop, 4070 Asbury Ave., Tinton Falls, offers over 40 flavors of hard hand- dipped ice cream, soft-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt and Italian ice. New flavors arrive every week so make sure to add them into your ice cream shop rotation when your dessert craving hits.
Surfside Frozen Custard, 500 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, serves award winning frozen custard that is locally sourced and crafted with love and, not to mention, made fresh each day. The shop offers several flavors like coffee almond crunch and Oreo paired with various toppings from cake crunch to hot fudge to sour worms and more.
A seasonal favorite, make sure to get your Surfside Frozen Custard fix during the summer months.
Day’s Ice Cream, 48 Pitman Ave., Ocean Grove, and at the Dunes Cafe at North End Boardwalk also in Ocean Grove, invites customers to take a step back in time and indulge in their selection of hard and soft serve ice cream, specialty sundaes, milk shakes and floats and frozen yogurt.
Shiver’s Ice Cream, 4037 Rte. 9, North, in Howell, offers over 30 flavors made using only the freshest ingredients and toppings. The family owned and operated shop makes their premium ice cream and cakes fresh, right on the premises.
Ice Cream on 9, 2300 Rte. 9 South, in Howell, may have more flavors than you can fathom. An ice cream haven and heaven for even the biggest sweet tooth, the shop offers over 127 homemade flavors, 36 sugar-free flavors, 25 Italian ices and a full line of soft serve. Rest assured your eyes are not playing tricks on you because those numbers are accurate. Seeing is believing, so stop on in to choose your flavor.
Belle’s Ice Cream, 300 Morris Ave, Spring Lake, is scooping all the classic flavors plus their own unique ones like Blueberry Pie and Midnight Jersey Shore.
Beach Plum, 420 Main St., Bradley Beach, has been serving the shore community for years and years. Whether you’re a cone or cup ice cream lover, stop in and grab a scoop of your favorite flavor.
Cone Zone, 2040 Rte. 33, in Neptune City, has been offering customers award-winning ice cream, frozen cakes, treats and novelties since 1993. Everything the shop has to offer is made fresh daily on the premises. Taste the ice cream selection made with the finest ingredients and let your tastebuds enjoy a Cone Zone experience.
Igloo Italian Ice & Ice Cream, 2005 Rte. 35 Oakhurst, has a menu that includes ice cream and yogurt, Italian ice, sundaes, custom blends, ice breaker and freeze options that involve layering or mixing soft-serve ice cream or frozen yogurt with Italian ice, igloo push pops, homemade igloo pops, banana splits, ice cream sodas or floats, fresh fruit smoothies, Italian ice bowls and ice cream sandwiches!
Scoops the Ice Creamery, 1803 Rte. 35, Oakhurst, scoops and serves customers hard and soft ice cream flavors not to mention some mouthwatering banana splits.
The Ice Cream Shoppe, 43 Rte. 35 N and 3rd Avenue, Neptune City, is a mom n’ pop shoppe that you don’t want to miss out on. From ice cream offered in a variety of flavors and sizes to a specialty sundae menu and waffle cones and bowls made fresh daily, The Ice Cream Shoppe prides itself on serving customers the very highest quality products and services around.
Jef-Freeze Ice Cream Parlor located inside the Allenwood General Store, 3208 Allenwood-Lakewood Road, Allenwood, serves up malts, shakes, sundaes, cups/cones and egg creams.
Stop into Niki Maccanico’s Homemade Ice Cream, 1301 Main Street, Belmar, and check out the various homemade flavors the store offers.
Summer Sweets: Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe, 3071 Rte. 35 North, Lavallette, serves up sweets at the shore all summer long. With a menu that boasts 42 flavors of ice cream, a plethora of candy, chocolates, cookies, pies, brownies, candy apples, and fresh filled cannoli, there’s sure to be something to delight any dessert craving.
There’s soon to be a new ice cream shop in Point Pleasant. Point Creamery will be scooping homemade premium ice cream at 3014 Rte. 88, Point Pleasant. Try out the new shop and it may soon become your favorite.
Iceberg Ice Cream, 403 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, serves up both hard and soft serve ice cream flavors, Italian ice and sherbert, specialty sundaes and treats and novelties as well as an assortment of dry toppings, sundae toppings and cones. The shop also offers no-sugar- added and gluten free options to better serve all customers’ needs. The shop first opened its doors in 1977 and are working to expand the business with exciting plans for the future.
Jersey Girls Ice Cream Shoppe, 1580 Rte. 9, Toms River is a family owned ice cream shop serving delicious treats such as flavor favorites offered in cups and cones as well as ice cream sandwiches and more.
Denae’s Ice Cream and Sweet Shop, 2360 Rte. 9, Toms River, has been satisfying customers’ sweet tooths since 2005. The 50’s themed ice cream shop makes all of its own homemade candies, ice creams, candy apples and many other divine desserts.
Rich’s Ice Cream, 1801 Rte. 37 E and a skip, hop and jump away from Rich’s Ice Cream II, 1611 Route 37 W, in Toms River, prove that sometimes two is better than one. From famous flurries to custom cakes to Richie bars, there is plenty to choose from.
Kohr’s Frozen Custard, a Jersey Shore staple since 1923, added a year-round Toms River Kohr’s at 1769 Hooper Ave. so lovers of the boardwalk treats could indulge in the desserts all year round.
From the signature orange creme and vanilla swirl to hand-dipped favorites, to cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, Kohr’s tempts tastebuds with custard, ice cream and treats alike. For those who spend their summer months on the boardwalk, check out one of Kohr’s oceanside locations along the Seaside Boardwalk, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and at 507 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette.
Yellow Brick Road, offers over 50 ice cream flavors to choose from and waffles and ice cream is one of their specialties. Family owned and operated since 1995, stop into one of the two locations at 1857 Hooper Ave., Toms River, and 754 Mantoloking Road, in Brick, for delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt as well as custom made ice cream cakes perfect for any celebration.
Mrs. Walker’s Famous Homemade Ice Cream offers customers high-quality products and is home to the slogan, “Where we love to treat you sweet!” Mrs. Walker’s serves up serious sundaes, specialty cakes and what seems like endless dessert options. Step inside any of their three locations found at 132 S. Main St., Forked River; 908 Fischer Blvd., Toms River, and 22 Union Ave., in Lakehurst.
Mister Rick’s Ice Cream makes ice cream mobile, serving soft serve ice cream, Good Humor and Blue Bunny products as well as 12 flavors of fresh Italian ice all from the window of an ice cream truck. Mister Rick’s makes stops in Lavallette, Toms River, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights and Island Heights.
NOVELTY ICE CREAM
Coney Waffle has been serving up creations to feed a family like The Freak Shake Belmar location at 803 Ocean Ave. The menu offers cannoli waffles, floats, ice cream and, of course, their namesake Coney Waffle. This summer Coney Waffle is satisfying sweet tooth after sweet tooth at two more locations: the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 800 Ocean Ave., and in Pier Village at 24 Centennial Drive, Long Branch.
Lexylicious, an ice cream sandwich truck based at 2165 Rte. 9, Toms River, specializes in “the freshest scoop-to-order ice cream sandwiches in New Jersey.” The truck offers a weekly menu all season long and always throws specials into the mix as well.
Customers can choose their cookie and ice cream flavor to create a sandwich with their favorite flavors. Fruity Pebble Cereal Treat Cookies and Funfetti Cake Sprinkle Sugar Cookie are just two of the delectable offerings.
Although Lexylicious is based in Toms River, the food truck does what food trucks do, and that’s move locations. Find the truck at festivals, fairs and other events from April to October. Visit the website for a schedule of locations.