The best homemade ice cream
Brookdale confectioners/Holsteins in Bloomfield has to have the best homemade ice cream i have ever had. There coffee chip ice cream is outstanding.
IMHO Thomas Sweet has the best. You can get it in Princeton, at Crazees in Rumson and The Blarney Cone in Spring Lake...
Where is the Blarney Cone located? (Sorry...I don't eat much ice cream...and when I do, I would'nt know the difference between homemade and bought in a grocery store.) Although, my family is another story! They love Jersey Freeze in Freehold. We go to Sping Lake quite often, so can you tell me where this ice cream store is and shall we make a visit?
(We love dinning at The Black Trumpet in Spring Lake. One of our favorite restauarnts!)
Yes Holsten's has outstanding ice cream. It's been our favorite for years, and we are fortunate that we can take a long walk to it on a summer evening. Though many in our neck of the woods prefer Applegate Farm's (whose selection is more extensive), the quality and tooth-feel of Holsten's is really spectacular. Their cookie's n cream, their "anything" chip, (yeah we like the coffee chip too), and their cookie dough, which they only make occasionally, are our favorites. They will make custom ice cream cakes with any of their flavors with a week's notice.
Also, as long as you're there, you might as well get the home made dark chocolate almond bark...yummmm
"Homemade" is a bit of a misnomer, since it would be illegal to sell ice cream you made at home. LOL.
I think "hand-made" or perhaps "artisanal" ice cream would be a better fit (but of course everything these days is "artisanal").
Applegates, in Montclair (now with franchises) and Thomas Sweet (New Brunswick, but main branch is Princeton) make some of the best ice cream I have found.
I will second the Thomas Sweet nomination. I left NJ 18 years ago, but whenever I am in Princeton, NJ I make it a point to get to Thomas Sweet (if not mistaken there are two locations in Princeton (Palmer Square and then on Nassau Street aka Rt 27) in addition to the New Brunswick location.
Last fall, my friend & I went to the Thomas Sweet located in New Brunswick. My ice cream (chocolate mint chip??) was so ordinary as to be non-memorable. Perhaps that is why I am not even sure of the flavor that I ordered.
However, non-memorable is preferable to what my friend was served. His Butter Pecan was made with rancid pecans! I thought that he was exaggerating until I tasted it, and sure enough, it was laced with rancid pecans.
I managed to finish my ice cream, since it was "okay", but not really good. He threw his away, and we both vowed to not return to Thomas Sweet again.