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I am going to be in Atlantic City next week and am looking for truly great homemade ice cream on the Jersey Shore. I am willing to travel 30 to 45 minutes from Atlantic City. Suggestions?

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  1. This post raises an interesting question. What exactly is the geographic limitation of the "Jersey Shore"? To me, it encompases Monmouth and Ocean Counties. If that is in fact the case, the Jersey Shore is well in excess of the 45 min driving range for the OP. That being said, IMHO the best Jersey Shore ice cream is produced by Hoffman's in Pt. Pleasant Beach, Spring Lake and Little Silver. I'm sure others can chime in on recommendations in the Ocean City area.

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    1. re: bgut1

      I have to say that Hoffman's is excellent......I might have to "cheat" and have some this weekend.......

      1. re: bgut1

        Wellllll. Any part of NJ that touches the Atlantic Ocean is "Jersey Shore" So we would have to include alot more. I am sure Cape May would think they are Definately part of NJ Shore as woudl say , Ocean City.

        besides the point I think PPB would meet the mileage, but probably not the idea that said mileage to get to time. Ah summer...
        My normal drive home of 1 hour today took 2 hours, *sigh*

        1. re: bgut1

          agee with another poster on wilson's in long branch, their mud pie ice cream makes an insane milkshake haha. worked a summer at duffer's in wildwood, summer after high school. i used to get there in the early hours before my breakfast shift bussing tables and help the crazy-eyed old guy make ice cream in big spinning machines that looked like they cleaned laundry. he used to pour a half gallon of puerto rican rum in the rum raisin haha. currently enjoy nagles homemade ice cream in ocean grove, and the outsourced but still jersey-made ice cream at day's in ocean grove. still haven't tried hoffman's, going to try it soon. also worth noting, eddie confetti on the asbury boardwalk makes a banana cream pie ice cream on occasion that makes the best milkshake i've ever had

          1. re: longbranchgourmet

            Had never heard of Wilson's; definitely will give them a try next time we're over near Long Branch.

            Re: Ocean Grove - Nagles vs. Day's. This always seemed like Chevrolet vs. Ford. LOL. Both serve good stuff; we really like the low fat chocolate nut fudge brownie yogurt at Nagles (in fact, I stopped and had some last Friday afternoon!) You can also get lunch or dinner at Nagles as well [maybe breakfast too, not sure].

            On the other hand, we also like to get an ice cream cone at Day's after shows at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium, and have always found their ice cream to be very good too. [What is the deal about 'outsourcing' ? Who makes it for them now ?]

            Only possible solution --- treat yourself to two cones: one at each establishment --- and enjoy summer :-) :-) :-)

            1. re: bakersma

              See my comments below - actually It is Day's who is owned by the Starving Artist people and the ice cream is Double Rainbow which is made in San Francisco.

              1. re: JerzeyShore

                sorry about the misinformation! i'll make up for it, crazee's in rumson is an extremely popular ice cream place on west river road, and they have outsourced but jersey made ice cream, there ya go haha. nice black raspberry

              2. re: bakersma

                I always liked Days just for the fact that everyone goes to Nagles. :D

          2. nowhere I could think of, sorry...
            I live 10 miles west of Atlantic City, and I would love to indulge in "truly great homemade ice cream", but it ain't happening anywhere yet...

            I love Hoffman's in Point Pleasant, as well....that's about an hour and 15 minutes north of Altantic City, if you want to expand your limits...

            Rich's Ice Cream in Toms River has some real good, thick, homemade ice cream ....
            and that about 50 minutes north of AC....

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            Rich's Ice Cream
            State Highway 37 King NE, Toms River, NJ 08753

            1. If you're in Northern Monmouth County try Ryan's in Shrewsbury or Wilson's in Long Branch. Where in LS is Hoffman's?

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              1. re: Papa Bing

                It is on 71. (Hoffman's) I always thought it was in Spring Lake.

                I agree...Hoffman's is great, that was what came to my mind right away when I read this post!

                1. re: Papa Bing

                  the one in LS is on Oceanport Ave, right by brave new world... im pretty sure they just opened the location last year

                  1. re: boodie1821

                    oh! Good to know, boodie! I had no idea they opened a new spot! Thanks ! : )

                    1. re: Angelina

                      The store in Little Silver is located at 78 Oceanport Avenue. It's that little plaza which has the "Ye Olde Pie Shop" ---also a good place to go--- at one end.

                      Hoffman's is kind of in the middle lengthwise along a covered walkway from the front of the plaza (street side) to the back (parking lot). Easy to miss if you aren't looking for it & know where it is. It kind of blends in with the scenery otherwise.

                      All those calories [ice cream & bakery] in one convenient location !!! There oughta be a law (but I'm sure glad there's not :-)

                2. I am just not a fan of Hoffman's, I like my ice cream much richer. The best, IMHO, although not near AC is the Beach Plum on Main St. in Bradley Beach. You could make a detour on your way south.

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                  1. re: SusieQQ

                    Love the Beach Plum and not crazy expensive compared to many other places.

                    1. re: jsfein

                      My wife really likes the ice cream at Beach Plum, especially for dessert after a nice dinner at Vic's three blocks down the street (how's that for tying 2 ongoing Chowhound threads together ?) We can walk off some of the great tomato pie [whole wheat crust w/mushrooms is our pick] in the process. LOL!

                      Of course, we have been known to drive to Spring Lake or even PPB for Hoffman's ice cream as well --- especially since the Beach Plum is seasonal while Hoffman's is year-round.

                      Can't go wrong with any of 'em.

                  2. If you happen to be in the downtown section of Spring Lake just off 3rd avenue give the Blarney Cone a try. The sell Thomas Sweets (of New Brunswick) hard ice cream which IMO is richer and better tasting than Hoffman's who are located in Spring Lake Heights on Rt 71.

                    I still maintain that the best however is Double Rainbow (of San Francisco) which can be had at the Starving Artist in Ocean Grove beginning Mother's Day for the season. BTW it can also be purchased at Trader Joe's. For richness and overall flavor they set the bar.

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                    Trader Joe's
                    725 River Road, Edgewater, NJ

                    Blarney Cone
                    300 Morris Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

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                    1. re: JerzeyShore

                      Agree about the Blarney Cone and Thomas Sweet Ice Cream. It is absolutely the best. But, The Blarney Cone has a new owner, so hope it doesn't change. Crazies in Rumson also has Thomas Sweet.

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                      Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
                      33 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

                      Blarney Cone
                      300 Morris Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

                      1. re: SusieQQ

                        Interesting re: the new owner. Is she the sourpuss who was working there last weekend? I walked out and said to my friend, "You know, working in an ice cream shop should be a NICE thing..."
                        The ice cream (black raz) was delicious, but I could do without the attitude in what I think should be a happy place!

                        1. re: Curlz

                          That's her. I'm afraid she is ruining the place..and it also doesn't look as clean as it did with the original owner.

                    2. A bit inland is Jersey Freeze in Freehold for soft-serve. Friends ran into the Boss there this weekend.

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                      Jersey Freeze
                      120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

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                      1. re: jsfein

                        Fortunately for ice cream lovers, the Olive Garden deal fell through. As most Hounds undoubtedly remember, a couple years ago the Jersey Freeze owners were going to close it and sell the location to the chain.

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                        Jersey Freeze
                        120 Manalapan Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

                        Olive Garden
                        83 Weston Ct, Wayne, NJ 07470

                        1. re: cantkick

                          We love Hoffman's in Point Pleasant. The Banana ice cream there is the best I've had anywhere. But closer to home Toms River -- Rich's is by far our favorite. We wait anxiously for it's opening in May and bid farewell in the Fall for the winter.. But in the summer we indulge once a week and if you can stand the lines on the weekends it is worth the wait.

                          1. re: NJforager

                            Not on the Shore, but Halo Farms in Trenton has always been Numero Uno for me. Very rich and with plenty of flavors by the pint or half gallon. Its worth the drive if you're in CNJ.

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                            Halo Farm
                            970 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ

                            1. re: scrappyone

                              Is Halo Farms connected with Halo Fete Pub ice cream & pastries shop in Princeton on Hulfish St. ?

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                              Halo Farm
                              970 Spruce St, Trenton, NJ

                              1. re: bakersma

                                best hard ice cream Down the Shore; Vanilla Bean Creamery, Lower. Better than Hoffman's, better than Springer's, better than any of them.

                                Best soft-serve in South Jersey: Serene Custard in Vineland and Royal Crown in Hammonton.

                      2. A bit far from AC but...not far off the turnpike on Rt 33 in Perrineville NJ...

                        Jake's Cree Mee Freeze is my top choice for soft ice cream.

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                        1. re: Tapas52

                          Just curious, there are two CreeMee Freeze stands on the same side of NJ33 (eastbound) within a mile or two of each other. Are they both owned by the same person [e.g., 'Jake'] ? Always wondered about this whenever we drive by. Why does he have 2 shops so close together ? One looks like it is all-weather year round while the other is summer only --- but I'm not sure.

                          1. re: bakersma

                            The second one opened last summer. Same owner. I don't understand why so close. I would expect them to at least be on opposite sides of the highway.

                            My fave is the orange sherbet.

                            1. re: cantkick

                              HOFFMAN'S IS THE BEST. GET THE MINT FUDGE BROWNIE ICE CREAM IT IS TO DIE FOR. AND IM A BORDERLINE LACTOSE INTOLERANT GUY AND I STILL SUFFER FOR IT lol seriously its that good

                            2. re: bakersma

                              The older location is much closer to all the 55+ communities I would think......maybe the other serves food also...burgers, fries etc? as they have stiff competition now too far away Jersey Freeze rt33/rt9 also.

                          2. I am surprised no one mentioned LINDY HOPS yet !!!
                            It's your closest HOMEMADE ice cream to Atlantic City, only about 15 minutes or so away.
                            It's in Galloway Township, right on Jimmy Leeds Road, in front of the Shop Rite supermarket shopping center .

                            I just LOVE their MISSISSIPPI MUD, and BUTTER BRICKLE flavors !!!!

                            Directions : get off the Garden State Parkway at the AC Rest Area, and take a right on Jimmy Leeds Road. Go about 2 miles, and u will see Shop Rite, and Lindy Hops .
                            ENJOY !!!

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                            Garden State Restaurant
                            287 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

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                            1. re: ellen4441

                              ellen4441 I gotta try it I have clients right near there pass it all the time sound great!

                              1. re: Tapas52

                                gr8, Tapas,52, let me know how you like it !!!!

                                1. re: ellen4441

                                  Roger that ellen4441 ...I'll be there fathers day hope they are open?

                                  http://www.lindyhops.com/

                                  1. re: Tapas52

                                    Hey folks gota get my plug in for Napoli Boys on route 36 in Belford. Great for those leaving Sandy Hook. Kudos for both soft and hard ice cream. My favorite hard one is Almond Joy (coconut ice cream with choclate covered almonds) Soft is the Black Raspberry. I love it in a cup and topped with chocolate cookie crumbs. I also heartily reccommend Hoffman's (Peanut Butter Honeycomb, Caramel Cashew). Thomas Sweet in Princeton for the Cookie Monster and of course the Bent Spoon!

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                                    The Bent Spoon
                                    35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

                                    1. re: foodislove1958

                                      My favorite flavor is plain Vanilla.....don'y like at that other stuff in my ice cream...finding exceptionally good "Real Vanilla" isn't easy & I'm still searching any ideas?

                                      Thanks

                                      1. re: Tapas52

                                        I hear ya, as my fav. is van. choc. chip, (with nice big chips !!)

                                  2. re: ellen4441

                                    Today I was in the area of Lindy Hops ice cream parlor and got a chance to try some ice cream as per ellen4441 suggestion .....as soon as you walk in your transported back to the 50's, the decor was really period Pinks & Turquoise stainless steel tables etc...I had to try my traditional Vanilla & Chocolate (hard) Sundae with whipped cream, Chocolate syrup & Cherry...I wasn't disappointed...creamy and delicious on a 1-10 scale I'd give it a 7 1/2 ...now that I know where it is I'll be stopping back to try some other flavors as only the hard is homemade they said. Service was friendly and informative...many benches outside to sit too....Try It!!

                                     
                                     
                                    1. re: Tapas52

                                      hi Tapas52, glad u enjoyed Lindy Hops, and that was a nice report back to us Chowhounders :) !!!

                                      Yes, friendly service !!! One leaves there with a good feeling...

                              2. Are there any good ice cream places in Sea Bright?

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                                1. re: joonjoon

                                  I just had some excellent pistachio ice cream at Gracie and the Dudes in Sea Bright. I plan on being back!

                                2. The original post was over a year ago but we just experienced the record breaking heat and ice-cream is definitely a nice thought. Then, News 12 showed a place called Cowabunga Ice Cream, I was so drawn to the Red Velvet Cake Frozen Yogurt and my husband seemed to be very interested too. Besides, they talked about designer ice cream and I was so curious, we are not talking about NYC, Milan, London, Paris...but Forked River and designer ice cream??? I decided to take a drive to Forked River, technically, I think it can still be considered as Jersey Shore despite it is not directly touching the Atlantic Ocean. The store is simple and clean, the lady behind the counter(her name is Mary) is very friendly and helpful. Anyway, I love frozen yogurt and ice cream, nothing is more fun than to try out the favors; therefore I ordered 3 scoops of frozen yogurt and three scoops of ice cream. Of course, I got the Red Velvet Cake, and the other two yogurt were Strawberry and the Peanut butter; the Red Velvet Cake was really creamy and just so good! Strawberry was light and refreshing, the texture of the Peanut Butter was a bit different and it was good too but I prefer the first two. As for the ice cream, they were as good. I had the Death by Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Chip and the Expresso Coffee, I am crazy about Mint Chocolate Chip and it is my favorite ice cream but the Expresso Coffee was really good, especially when you bite into the chocolate covered coffee bean when you were enjoying the creamy ice cream...really a piece of heaven. The Mint Chocolate Chips were very refreshing and not as sweet as some other mint ice cream but I could taste the favor much more, just wonderful for the summer. I know that I really should not have eaten all of the goodies there but I really wanted to sample them first(honestly, I did not expect to be able to finish all 6 scoops but they were just that good), besides, I got Chocolate Cake and Smore Cake from Flakey Tart at home, so I did not plan to buy a whole quart yesterday. After having those ice-cream and frozen yogurt, I have to agree that they are definitely not ordinary ice cream or frozen yogurt, quite the Vera Wang for Bridal gowns.

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                                  Cowabunga Ice Cream
                                  44 Manchester Ave Ste I, Forked River, NJ 08731