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Yum Yum in Hoboken?

ttoommyy Jan 25, 2010 11:59 AM

Does anyone remember a place (back in the 60s is when I remember it as a kid) that you would drive into to get vanilla-flavored "yum yum" ice in Hoboken? My brother (who is 6 years older than I am) and I remember going to Hoboken as kids with our parents and getting "yum yum." We would drive up to the window and get the typical Italian ice paper cups filled with delicious vanilla-flavored ice everyone called "yum yum." Does anyone remember this? And if so, where exactly in Hoboken was it? Thanks!

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    roro1831 RE: ttoommyy Jan 25, 2010 12:08 PM

    This article references yum yum at a place called Hobos in Hoboken, which was at 636 Washington. Apparently yum yum was an old fashioned term for vanilla.


    It doesn't give a date on the article, but the only place listed in the article that is still there is the Ice Hut

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      ttoommyy RE: roro1831 Jan 25, 2010 12:24 PM

      Thanks so much for replying. Although the article does reference yum yum, the places listed are all relatively "new" when you consider that I am trying to remember a place I went to in the 1960s. lol Thanks so much for trying though, I really do appreciate your help!

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        roro1831 RE: ttoommyy Jan 25, 2010 12:46 PM

        I realized that but you never know. There are places in Hoboken such as Schnackenburgers that have been there for 80 plus years.

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          ttoommyy RE: roro1831 Jan 25, 2010 01:09 PM

          Very true. One of the few, unfortunately. We've become overrun with chain stores these days. They are the only ones able to afford the rent. We just got a Seven Eleven!

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            roro1831 RE: ttoommyy Jan 26, 2010 05:20 AM

            True and I have no problem with now being able to get a slurpee. We still need good restaurants, most here are mediocre at best.

    2. Curlz RE: ttoommyy Jan 26, 2010 04:14 PM

      Fwiw, the Lyndhurst Bakery, which is on Ridge Road in Lyndhurst, less than a mile off of Rt 3, has (homemade) Yum Yum Italian ice! I'm pretty sure that they only have the ices in warm weather, so call ahead if you're going to make a trek--or go anyway for their also-excellent biscotti--esp the 'hard crack' one--at least, I think that's what they call it.

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        ttoommyy RE: Curlz Jan 27, 2010 05:00 AM

        I actually just had some pastries from the Lyndhurst Pastry Shop last Saturday....how funny. I used to live in Lyndhurst; I had no idea they had Yum Yum. Thanks for the heads up.

        Now, if I could only remember where that place in Hoboken was...

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        Robin1220 RE: ttoommyy Apr 19, 2010 05:36 PM

        Hi..just came across your question and you popped such a wonderful memory into my head. I often tell my daughter of the yum-yum I enjoyed as a kid growing up in Hoboken. I'm now 55 years old so the 60's was my time. After discussing this with my sister (older than me), the original yum-yum place was between 2nd & 3rd on Clinton St. We never got it from there but rather the yum-yum carts that could be found by the local parks. The carts were made from wood, had yellow bottom and a white canopy over them. They used to push them around, small was a nickle and large was a dime. They may have gone up, but these are the prices that stick in my head. What a wonderful memory! Now if you really want to know good, ask me about the jelly apple guy from the same time period, LOL.

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          ttoommyy RE: Robin1220 Apr 20, 2010 06:21 AM

          Thanks so much Robin1220. Finally, someone with an answer! My brother is also 55 and remembers yum-yum too. So, 2nd & 3rd on Clinton St., huh? Sounds like it could be the place I remember. Do you remember it as having a drive up window? That's the memory my brother and I have.

          As for "the jelly apple guy," that definitely stirs some memories. Tell me more, please!

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            Robin1220 RE: ttoommyy Apr 20, 2010 10:22 AM

            Did you grow up in Hoboken? Your brother and I would be the same age, wonder if he went through the Hoboken school system. I don't recall the drive in window but my sister says it wasn't a store, just a space with a wooden window to walk up to and order. I don't recall getting my yum-yum there, only from the carts. I can picture the wooden window though but not much else about it. Anyway, the jelly apple guy, he was a little old man that had this homemade cart, wood and I think chicken wire and he used to sell homemade jelly apples. They were shiny red, dipped in coconut and absolutely to die for. They weren't that hard, crunchy shell you get now, more of a soft, gooey jelly, nothing like I've ever had in my life since then. I still think of those apples and the little old man walking up my street yelling "jelly apple, jelly apple". I couldn't run fast enough into the house and ask my mother for a nickel or dime for a jelly apple. God I loved those days!

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              ttoommyy RE: Robin1220 Apr 20, 2010 10:40 AM

              "just a space with a wooden window to walk up to..." That's it! Thank you and your sister for filling in this wonderful memory!!!

              We grew up in JC, but our family, on both sides, is from Hoboken. My grandparents settled there after coming over from Italy in 1905 or so. I have lived in Hoboken for the last 16 years, though. When we were kids, we'd always do all our food shopping, get haircuts, visit relatives, etc., in Hoboken. So I have many, many memories. The jelly apple guy sounds vaguely familiar. I also remember a guy selling fruit from a truck and singing out the names of the fruits as he went down the street.

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                NellyNel RE: ttoommyy May 6, 2010 12:45 PM

                Awww ttoommy and Robin - I really enjoyed reading of your childhood Hoboken recollections!
                It made me smile :)

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                  ttoommyy RE: NellyNel May 6, 2010 02:18 PM

                  Makes me smile too! :)
                  Are you from Hoboken NellyNel?

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                    NellyNel RE: ttoommyy May 7, 2010 09:08 AM

                    No - I am originally from Brooklyn...
                    I moved to the UK for a while, then we moved to Hoboken for a year and now we're settled in Jersey City...

                    I loved reading about Yum Yum ice cream and it brought back allot of Brooklyn memories ...

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                      ttoommyy RE: NellyNel May 7, 2010 09:45 AM

                      I'm originally from JC, with my family all being originally from Hoboken via Italy. I can see how our Hoboken reminiscences could bring back memories of Brooklyn. Take care!

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                        NellyNel RE: ttoommyy May 7, 2010 10:13 AM

                        Quick question tt -
                        Do you have a favorite local Italian restaurant?

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                          ttoommyy RE: NellyNel May 7, 2010 01:32 PM

                          In Hoboken, it's slim pickens. The only one we like is Trattoria Saporito. It's a BYOB that serves food a step or two above Italian-American, but nothing close to true Italian which many better restaurants in NYC serve these days. The others in town are just not worth eating at. Of course there is Leo's in 2nd Street, but that is in a class by itself. Red sauce Italian in business for about 70 years. Used to be a real hole in the wall, but they recently renovated to a hole in the wall with paneling and a bay window. lol

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                            NellyNel RE: ttoommyy May 7, 2010 01:46 PM

                            Yes Leo's!
                            I always wanted to go there - just for the historical factor and the "cheese"...
                            (Sinatra theme)

                            I have heard TS is the best in Hoboken but I saw their menu once and nothing called me..
                            I can't remember if I have been to any others in Hoboken..but I know if I have - it certainly didnt impress me!

                            We have been to two places in Jersey City - one is Porto Leggero
                            The decor is 1980's horror but the food has possiblites...
                            The first time I went with just my DH and it was just ok, but the 2nd time I went with a large group who like to eat and shared plates all night long - and I have to say the food was all excellent.

                            The 2nd place is Casa Dante - and it too had possibilites...pretty decent food -a strange mix I thought of old school red sauce Italian - and "trendy" Italian...not bad (expensive though!)

                            Anyway thanks for the reply - take care!

                            Casa Dante
                            737 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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                              ttoommyy RE: NellyNel May 7, 2010 03:46 PM

                              I know we have totally taken over this thread in a new direction, but since I started it, I can do what I want!

                              I was told Porto Leggero was quite good and I'm looking to try it out some day soon. Glad you liked it too.
                              I saw Casa Dante profiled on a show called Brindiamo!, which is on local cable. The "strange mix" comes from years in the business coupled with a trendy newish chef in the kitchen. Supposedly it's an instiution in JC, but I never heard of it until a year or two ago! Ciao for now!

                              Casa Dante
                              737 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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                                fadeb2629 RE: ttoommyy May 12, 2010 01:26 PM

                                If you r on Facebook...these fan pages/groups are all about hoboken of yesteryear and the food and town that USED to be. Hoboken proud? Join us and add your comments and discuss!




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                                  ttoommyy RE: fadeb2629 May 12, 2010 01:41 PM

                                  Thanks fadeb2629. I'm not on FB and don't ever plan to be but I'll pass this info along to my niece who is. She's the fourth generation of our family to live in Hoboken. Thanks again.

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                                    BVRPLSR RE: fadeb2629 Aug 5, 2011 07:23 PM

                                    WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG,3,4,5 ETC.I WENT TO P.S #1 .WE LIVED AT 11 HUDSON ST.BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND.
                                    LOVED IT BACK THEN.

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            hendee RE: ttoommyy Aug 16, 2010 01:25 PM

            I just came across your question after a google search. The business was located at 302-306 Clinton Street and was owned by the Scurzi Family (Not certain of the spelling of the last name). It was between M and S Service Station and Maino"s Produce. Maino's Produce is still present today at 300 Clinton St.. There was a small opening that you walked into that was similiar to a garage door with one or two windows. The business also sold Lemon Ice and operated carts throughout the City of Hoboken.

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              ttoommyy RE: hendee Aug 17, 2010 08:46 AM

              Bless you! The way you describe it is exactly right! I'll have to walk by way day and try to envision it. Thanks again.

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                hendee RE: ttoommyy Aug 17, 2010 04:14 PM

                Your Welcome! If you get a chance stop at Maino's, who I've known for over 50 years, and they can supply you with all the information you need.

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                  ttoommyy RE: hendee Aug 18, 2010 05:45 AM

                  Will do. I had no idea Maino's was still in business...and I live just blocks away! My family is originally from Hoboken so I know the store...used to go there as a kid.

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                    tonydee RE: ttoommyy Nov 17, 2010 06:23 AM

                    Just stumbled across this string. I lived behind the Yum-Yum place, which indeed was located on Clinton between 3rd and 4th Street. The owners lived upstairs above a garage where they made and sold lemon ice and Yum-Yum. They opened the garage door, which faced Clinton, and inside, to the right as you walked in, were three windows where you ordered the ice. The wooden wagons were lined up in the back (we could see them from our back window) and the owner's mother used to peel and process the fruit in a front window that you could see from Clinton Street. I used to watch the panel truck bringing in blocks of ice that they slid down a ramp and across the garage floor to the back, where guys broke up the ice and added sugar and fruit. They referred to the chocolate and vanilla ice as Yum-Yum. Never tasted anything quite like it. There is a shop in Lavallette that sells something that is very similar.
                    And hendee is right about Maino's. The brothers are great guys and have run the store for half a century. Their father ran it before them.

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                      ttoommyy RE: tonydee Nov 18, 2010 04:56 AM

                      "They opened the garage door, which faced Clinton, and inside, to the right as you walked in, were three windows where you ordered the ice. "

                      THAT is the exact picture I have carried with me all these years! Thank you for putting it into words for me, tonydee.

                      I drove down Clinton recently and did not see Maino's. How am I missing it?

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                        tonydee RE: ttoommyy Dec 7, 2010 08:56 AM

                        It's right on the northwestern corner of Third and Clinton.

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                          DaveCook RE: tonydee Jun 22, 2011 02:47 PM

                          The photo of Maino's shown below was taken in December 2009.

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                        Forklaw RE: tonydee Nov 18, 2010 09:07 PM

                        Tonydee - Could you post the name and address of the place in Lavallette that sells something like Yum-Yum. Thanks.

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                          tonydee RE: Forklaw Dec 7, 2010 09:11 AM

                          Not certain, but I think it's called Iceberg Ice Cream, 403 Grand central Avenue (Rt 35) in Lavallette. I'll check with a friend and let you know.

                          Iceberg Ice Cream
                          403 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735

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                            Forklaw RE: tonydee Dec 7, 2010 12:47 PM

                            Thanks. I know Iceberg Ice Cream and will check for Yum Yum there next summer, unless your friend tells you that it's another place. As a former Hoboken resident, I'm familiar with the neighborhood discussed in this thread but since I lived there post-Yum Yum era (early 1990's) I never had it, been following this thread, and curious what created all these great memories for the prior generations of Hoboken kids.

                            Iceberg Ice Cream
                            403 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735

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                              ttoommyy RE: Forklaw Dec 8, 2010 07:32 AM

                              I'm the OP, and you have to remember Forklaw, these memories are from the early 1960s when something like a simple vanilla custard ice could excite a kid. A far cry from the options and choices kids have now! lol

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                diceshadow7 RE: ttoommyy Jan 7, 2011 03:04 PM

                I remember getting yum-yum vanilla in jernal square jersey city.and I think in hoboken as well , but it tasted awsome, loked kinda yellowish white ,melted clear and tasted pretty wild compared to the regular vanilla italian ice thats sold everywhere today and melts white and kinda tastes a little like vanilla ice cream.I heard you can get the old yum-yum vanilla at this bakery window in lynhurst ,but you have to say yum-yum and know somone, or be part of the local click to get it ,or they just give you the regular one .I even went inside and pointed to it and asked what that flavor was and she just ignored me. So good luck.The old yum-yum flavor was sopposedly made in mexico from the best vanilla in th e world that happens to be illegal to be shipped into the u.s. unless its baked in somthing like a cake or used as an ingrediant in some imported food such as italian ice. If you find any yum-yum vanilla italian ice please E-mail me @ diceshadow7@aol.com

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                  tonydee RE: diceshadow7 Feb 5, 2011 08:38 AM

                  If anyone on this board happens to be back in Hoboken for the next few weeks (Feb. 2011) stop by the Hoboken Historical Museum on Hudson Street, in the old Bethlehem Steel building. The main exhibit is about all the sweets and cakes that used to be made in Hoboken, including Tootsie Rolls, Hostess cakes and Yum-Yum. They have recordings of members of the family that made Yum-Yum talking about the business. However, this is not the same family that ran the place I knew on Third and Clinton. Instead, it seems there was competition. This family also operated on Clinton Street but a block farther north. Later they moved to Sixth Street, then closed the business when the whole block was razed to build Church Towers in the late 1960s. Anybody remember there being TWO different Yum-Yum makers in Hoboken?

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                  BVRPLSR RE: ttoommyy Aug 5, 2011 07:15 PM


                  1. ttoommyy RE: ttoommyy Jul 26, 2012 12:07 PM

                    I have been told that the "original" yum yum is being sold out of a cart near Carlo's bakery these days. I have yet to check it out though. I will report back as soon as I do.

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                      Robin1220 RE: ttoommyy Jul 26, 2012 05:45 PM

                      Please do report back..I go to Hoboken all the time, would love to have yum-yum again. I thought it was just a memory of my childhood. I will say I'm pretty pessimistic that it's going to be the real thing so I await your review. I just hope there's not a 3 hour line to get in the place, LOL.

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                        ttoommyy RE: Robin1220 Jul 26, 2012 06:42 PM

                        Its a cart, so I doubt the line will be too long. If I get off from work early tomorrow I will stop by and report back.

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                          BVRPLSR RE: Robin1220 Jul 26, 2012 06:50 PM


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                            Robin1220 RE: BVRPLSR Jul 26, 2012 07:06 PM

                            Funny how you can still imagine the taste of something so many years later.

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                              BVRPLSR RE: Robin1220 Jul 27, 2012 10:04 AM

                              YES,BUT A TERRIBLE LOSS TO THE PALATE

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                        Scorch1969 RE: ttoommyy Jan 8, 2013 08:07 PM

                        I remember Yum Yum I grew up in Hoboken in the 50's and 60's and love that stuff. I think there is a place in Medford NJ
                        Leosicream 856-797-8771

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                          mlnc1 RE: ttoommyy Jul 9, 2013 11:52 PM

                          I was born in Hoboken and lived there from 1963 to 1987. I attended Our lady of Grace School from the late 60's through most of the 70's. On the corner of 5th & Willow, right by the park, there was a Puerto Rican guy who would come around everyday after school when the weather was nice and sold Yum Yums. He had a yellow wooden pushcart. The Yum Yums only came in vanilla, chocolate, cherry, and lemon-lime. A small was 15 cents and a large was 25 cents. I can't remember exactly when he stopped coming around, it was probably in the mid 70's.

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                            wcuseman RE: ttoommyy Oct 20, 2013 08:15 AM

                            The yum-yum factory was on the corner of 3rd and Clinton Street next to Maino's which is still there. The owner was Tom Sgherza. Tom passed away in the early 1970's. They had a daughter named Linda. This was the location where all the stands used to get their product from. The carts were yellow if I remember right. Hope this helps.

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                              midepalma RE: ttoommyy May 14, 2014 06:39 PM

                              the yum yum factory i know was on third st across from st mary's hospital. i believe that they were there until the 70s. the best lemon ices ever. had little bits of lemon rind in it. everything was homemade. still miss it

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                                Curlz RE: midepalma May 15, 2014 09:00 AM

                                You need to get ices at the Lyndhurst Pastry Shop on Ridge road

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                                Bethaby RE: ttoommyy Jun 18, 2014 05:18 AM

                                As a kid in the 50's we used to get yum yums from a vendor who had a cart in the park. There has never been anything like it. I don't remember which park, but we lived on 7th and Washington so I don't think it was too far.

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