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Best Ice's and Ice Cream in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

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what do you think. I love ice cream but even more than ice cream love the italian ices. 1st place I went to when I moved here 20 yrs ago was Strollo's Lighthouse in Red Bank. Gotta tell you, it's still my fav....
Root Beer Ice w/Soft Vanilla Ice Cream..
what's your fav?

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  1. We just had wonderful ice cream at the Blarney Cone on Morris Avenue in Spring Lake......

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    1. re: SusieQQ

      What you had was Thomas Sweets icecream which opened in New Brunswick many years ago and still is excellent quality.

      1. re: JerzeyShore

        Yes, isn't it delish!! The only other place that I know of at the Shore that has Thomas Sweets is Crazee's in Rumsom. But, The Blarney Cone in Spring Lake is much more convenient for me.

        1. re: SusieQQ

          I always thought that Thomas Sweet's ice cream was good, although not extraordinary. Then, a couple of years ago, at their New Brunswick location, I bought some Butter Pecan ice cream to bring home, and after I got home, I realized that the Pecans in the ice cream were RANCID. That was my last time as a Thomas Sweet customer. If you are interested in making a quality product, you will verify that the ingredients are fresh prior to using them, IMHO.

    2. Beach Plum in Bradley Beach is terrific....

      1. Haven't tried a whole lot of places, but Ralph's on Rt 9 in Marlboro is very good.

        1. Still have to give it to Freehold's Jersey Freeze soft serve. The strongest contender and worth the trip.

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          1. re: yankeefan

            Ist Jersey Freeze still open? I know it's been sold, but haven't been by lately to see if it's still there.

            1. re: SusieQQ

              Its still there, always packed and always serving some great stuff. Hoping it will all fall through.

              1. re: yankeefan

                last i heard they want to knock it down and build an olive garden.. what a tragedy!!

                1. re: yankeefan

                  according to the owners they are going to a new location and the olive garden(ewww) will take a few years to come to fruitition...so keep enjoying

            2. For soft ice cream and Italian ice I agree Strollo's can't be beat...I prefer the orginal in Long Branch....for hard ice cream the Beach Plum in Bradley Beach has great home-made flavors. The Black Rasberry is to die for!