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May 16, 2008 11:05 AM

Central Jersey Ice Cream

I saw a lot of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream stores have gone out of business in NY, especially in Westchester County. How are they doing in NJ?

Can anyone give me some tips where to get non-overpriced, good tasting ice cream in Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset counties? I like Confectionarily Yours on Rt 27 and Halo Pub in Hamilton Square, but I'm looking for others that don't charge $6 for a small scoop. I used to love the love the Jahn's on 86 Street in Brooklyn and would love to find one like that in Central Jersey.

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  1. Bent Spoon in Princeton is the best damn ice cream on the planet. Not the cheapest however!!!!!!!!

    1. Jersey Freeze in Freehold. personal favorite of mine.

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      1. re: yankeefan

        Jersey Freeze was sold and a chain is moving in. (Chili's? I forget which one.) Attempts were made to stop this, but I believe they all failed. In any case, in previous years it probably wouldn't be open quite yet.

        If anyone knows if it is still in business, let us know, but I believe this info is up to date.

        1. re: cantkick

          I stopped in about once a month all winter and early spring for a cone after having lunch in Freehold. It didn't seem to me that the ice cream side closed at all for the season. Now that the nicer weather is here and there's more to do outside, I haven't been by in a month or so, but I *think* I saw customer cars in the lot last time I drove through the area.

          1. re: JessKidden

            Yes, it is still open for this season. Very sad that it is closing- there is already a Chili's there but Im sure some other chain is taking over Freehold. The amount of chains in that area has become ridiculous but hey, people are waiting forever at each and everyone of them. amazing.

      2. There's a new Scoop Shop on Main St. in Cranbury... Gil & Berts.
        They sell a brand from Maine (can't remember name at the moment).

        They're right next to the Post Office.

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        1. re: cranrob

          The pastry shop across the street has good ice cream too !

        2. Paulie's in Hamilton closed. It was homemade ice cream that was spectacular. I think his location was simply not visible enough. I am still in mourning, but a bit thinner. I'll second the Bent Spoon recommendation, but it's not cheap by any means. I've heard Maggie Moo's (a chain) in Robbinsville is good. I myself frequent Carvel anymore because it's the only place that serves Chocolate Marshmallow - my all-time favorite flavor.

          1. Unfortunately, the Cold Stone Creamery out here in Hunterdon (Flemington) continues to operate. Maggie Moos in nearby Whitehouse has long gone. IMO, both these chains use inferior ice cream but manage to disguise this fact by adding, and charging exorbitant prices for, various things that should never touch high quality ice cream.

            If you don't mind driving just a few miles west of Somerset County, you should try The Polar Cub, a local institution that should satisfy your craving for good ice cream. It's on Route 22W, just before you get to Whitehouse. Be warned, however, that the lines can be long, especially on a warm summer night. Parking can also be an issue at times.

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            1. re: ambrose

              I gotta just out out there my vote for any of you choosing the NJ shore this summer...Hoffman's in Point Pleasant..very very good...unique combinations as well. My ultimate was a place in New Hope PA ....I think its called Gerundsens or soemthing like that on the main drag. For me Cold Stones were good for kids but not necessarily suitable for us adult chowers...Read this future entrpreneurs.....NJ needs something in the Ice Cream genre in the midsection for us foodies!

              1. re: BaconGuy

                Gerenser's is the place in New Hope, or was. It closed recently due to a dispute with the Board of Health over whether or not it needed to get hooked up to city water or something like that. And yeah, Cold Stone is just waaaaay too sweet for grown ups.

                1. re: BaconGuy

                  Hoffman's is GREAT! Very good fresh peach milkshakes, YUMMY!