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May 15, 2009 06:00 AM

ice cream/dairy stands and good italian ice

I am planning on embarking on two missions this summer:
1) to visit as many ice cream stands in NJ or eastern PA as possible (I am talking about old school deliciousness ala jersey freeze NO coldstone or chains please!) that have not been knocked down to build jughandles or olive gardens and
2) to find the remaining italian ice places that make the ices at the shop. I am not talking RItas!

SO I am wondering if the Chowhounds have some good suggestions? Anywhere in NJ or within reasonable distance into PA is perfect! Thanks!

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  1. Try Springers in Stone Harbor, NJ.

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    1. re: yannie

      Here's 2:
      'I scream U scream' Ice Cream Shop just moved into the cool old bank on the corner of Farnsworth and Walnut St in Bordentown City. You can eat inside the bank or there is a takeout window. They are sure to be packed this weekend for the Bordentown Street Fair. Last Friday night there was a line down the street! (Situated between Chowhound favorites, Oliver a Bistro and Under the Moon.)

      Avalon Freeze in downtown Avalon is old school awesome! Be prepared to wait inline if you go on a weekend night in the summer! No inside.

    2. Nothing beats DiCosmo's Italian Ices in Elizabeth, NJ. I grew up down the street from this place and my family's been going there as long as it's been open.

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      1. re: dani0622

        This place looks great! Cant wait to try it! Thanks

        1. re: ggg

          you should start with a plate of raviolis at spirito's up the street!

          1. re: ggg

            Never been to the Lighthouse in Red Bank, but live right down the road from it in Long Branch. Very tasty homemade ices but the fruity ones are noticeably better than the choco/vanilla etc...

          2. Jakes Creamy Freeze on Rt 33 in Millstone has delicious soft serve and the price is way less than most places.

            Old fashioned free standing building thats has been used in a couple of TV segments.

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            1. re: tom246

              Here, here! We really like Jakes-Must get chocolate dipped! I don't have the exact address for a GPS, but the telephone number is 732-446-5305.

            2. Here's a year old thread that might help you with the ice cream part of your quest. Not all the places are 'old school' but many of them serve some serious ice cream.


              As I mentioned in the above thread, my favorite ice cream stand is The Polar Cub on Route 22 West, just before you get to Whitehouse Station. It's been there forever.

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              1. re: ambrose

                I will definitely put it on my list. Thanks.

                1. re: ambrose

                  Thanks for posting this info - visited the Polar Cub today! Yummy!
                  Next time, even though it is not ice cream, want to try the dipped banana with peanuts.