Looking for the best way to end a hot, sticky day at the Jersey Shore? Ice cream is always the answer. Whether it’s a swirl, a scoop or a shake, there’s no better way to satisfy your summertime sweet tooth than with a frozen delight. If you’re searching for the perfect place to indulge, we know a few spots that are sure to satisfy ice cream aficionados of all ages.
Hoffman’s Ice Cream and Yogurt has been encouraging customers to “Take Home the Very Best” since 1976 in its original location at 800 Richmond Ave. in Point Pleasant Beach.
The shop originally started out as one of the first Carvel Ice Cream stores in New Jersey in 1955, but when the franchise expired in 1976, Hoffman’s Ice Cream and Yogurt was born and the rest is ice cream history.
Fan-favorite flavors include Jersey Monkey, Cookie Monster, and S’mores. This delicious ice cream can also be found at Hoffman’s two other locations: 569 Church St. in Spring Lake Heights and 44 Ocean Blvd. North in Long Branch.
Want Hoffman’s to come to you? Hoffman’s ice cream truck, better known as “Chillie Willie,” can be rented for all special occasions. Bring the Hoffman’s experience right to your event for easy access to high-quality homemade ice cream. Or, place an order for ice cream to be shipped right to your front door!
Sundaes The Ice Cream Place is another family-owned and operated ice cream shop that’s original Point Pleasant location started out as a Carvel. Sundaes first opened its doors in 1986 and has since grown into a Jersey Shore destination.
Sundaes believes in friendly, old-fashioned service with quality products to provide the best ice cream experience. Visit Sundaes at any of its four locations: 3217 Route 88 location in Point Pleasant, 24 Atlantic City Blvd. in Toms River, 2211 Route 35 in Wall, or 1059 Route 34 in Aberdeen.
Strollo’s Lighthouse was once known as Tony Strollo’s Bus, a 1930s boardwalk staple that served lemon Italian ice. While the famous ice recipe had been in the family for generations, the delivery, from a soft-serve ice cream machine, was something new. Soon, new flavors like orange, cherry and chocolate came onto the menu, allowing visitors to mix and match and earning the shop the honor of having the best Italian ice at the shore.
Today you can find this homemade Italian ice hotspot at West End, 250 Ocean Ave. North, in Long Branch; 69 Brighton Ave., in Long Branch; 64 North Bridge Ave., in Red Bank; 83 Leonardville Road, Belford; 101 Ocean Ave. in Point Pleasant Beach: and inside Monmouth Park at 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport. Mix n’ match up to four flavors – try mixes like peanut butter ice and vanilla soft serve; mango, lemon and cherry ices; or coconut ice and pistachio soft serve.
ORGANIC & VEGAN
Cookman Creamery, 711 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, specializes in hand-crafted, small-batch ice cream and offers a diverse menu for all dietary needs. Whether your dessert choice needs to be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free or traditional, there is a scoop that’s perfect for you.
In addition to their ice cream selections, they also craft homemade ice cream pies, cakes and cookies. Cookman Creamery was listed as a top 10 finalist by Pete Genovese with NJ.com. Orders can be placed online for pickup or delivery through UberEats.
Gracie and the Dudes Ice Cream & Italian Ice, 1062 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, serves premium homemade ice cream made with no artificial colors, flavors or no high-fructose corn syrup so your little ones (and you!) can enjoy an all natural sweet treat. Enjoy a cone, sundae, milkshake, Italian ice, ice cream cake or more in this brightly decorated shop.
SCOOPS & SONGS
The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, located at 2305 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, is a vaudeville-style nightly Broadway cabaret, which is now in season 21. Performers maneuver around the shop, singing to individual guests and incorporating them into the production.
Show reservations are now available online for five shows nightly, including their special Disney Sing-Along.
By the end of the night, you’ll be singing along and singing your praises about their delightful menu including hakes, floats, sundaes and a la mode selections.
The Surflight Theatre brings The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour to Beach Haven at 200 Centre St. for ice cream and an evening of cabaret. The parlor is open 7 days a week and seats guests Sunday to Thursday at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. There is an additional 10 p.m. seating time on Friday and Saturday nights. One-third of the parlor is reserved for walk-ups.
The Show Place Ice Cream Parlor is in an outside tented parlor full of theatrically themed ice cream concoctions and singing and dancing. With ice cream names like The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Phantom Of The Opera, this is the spot for any musical theater fan.
NOVELTY ICE CREAM
Coney Waffle offers cannoli waffles, floats, shakes, ice cream, ice cream cakes and, of course, the namesake Coney Waffle. Coney Waffle & Ice Cream offers guests vegan and sorbet options as well.
Coney Waffle satisfies sweet tooth after sweet tooth at the following locations: the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 800 Ocean Ave., Pier Village at 24 Centennial Drive, Long Branch, and 13 Broad St., Red Bank. Online ordering, along with in-store ordering, is available at each location.
Peaches & Cream is New Jersey’s premier ice cream truck based out of Wall Township. Now in its 17th season, the truck serves American classics like Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Deconna Ice Cream, Dolly Madison Ice Cream, Rich’s Ice Cream and Rosati’s Italian Ices to the greater Monmouth and Ocean County areas.
Peaches & Cream specializes in enhancing your party, event, community fair or organization’s social gathering with fantastic customer service and only the best ice cream novelties and products. Truck rental is available for birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, picnics, and more.
THE BEST OF
Main Scoop Creamery, 140B Main St., Manasquan, is under new ownership, but the shop still serves delicious homemade ice cream, soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, floats, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and more. This spring they added a candy wall to sweeten your visit to this Manasquan favorite.
Courtney’s Ice Cream Shoppe, 526 Main St., Avon-by-the-Sea, offers hard ice cream, vegan ice cream, Italian ice, milkshakes, pies, waffles and more. Stop in for a quick grab-and-go snack or relax for a while while you enjoy your treat. Some fabulous flavors include Death By Chocolate, Holy Cannoli and Vanilla Peanut Butter.
Del Ponte’s Creamery & Cafe, 602 Main St., Bradley Beach, specializes in homemade gelato and sorbets, specialty coffee and a variety of desserts that you can customize to your liking. Stop by and try one of their specialty gelato flavors like Snack Attack, which is pretzel-flavor gelato with caramel drizzle, peanuts, snickers and chocolate covered pretzels.
Jersey Freeze, 120 Manalapan Ave. in Freehold, has been encouraging customers to “Come taste the best” since 1952. But there’s more to the menu than just gourmet frozen treats – stop in for a burger, salad, steak sandwich and more for a pre-ice cream dinner. Or, take home the dessert! Homemade ice cream cakes and packaged ice cream novelties such as ice cream cupcakes and sandwiches, homemade chipwiches, ice cream pies, and more are also available. Check out their second location at Bell Works in Holmdel.
Day’s Ice Cream, 48 Pitman Ave. in Ocean Grove, has been serving the Jersey shore since 1876 and is Ocean Grove’s oldest continuously operating business. Take a step back in time and indulge in the selection of hard and soft-serve ice cream, specialty sundaes, milkshakes and floats, Italian ice, frozen yogurt and dairy-free and vegan options.
Shivers Ice Cream, [Aldrich Plaza] 4037 Route 9 North, in Howell, has over 30 years of experience serving ice cream, Italian ice, shakes, and ice cream cakes to loyal customers. All ice cream is made on the premises at this family-owned and operated business. No matter what your ice cream preference, everyone can satisfy their desert dreams with over 30 flavors and an array of toppings at Shivers.
Ice Cream on 9, 2300 Route 9 South, in Howell, may have more flavors than you can fathom. An ice cream haven and heaven for even the biggest sweet tooth, the shop offers over 165 homemade flavors, including 32 sugar-free flavors and 25 Italian ices flavors. Be prepared to try some of their homemade cakes and novelties too!
The Sundae Times Ice Cream Parlor, 17 Atlantic Ave., Spring Lake, is “not your typical ice cream parlor.” The unique building was originally a home, destroyed in a fire, then a pharmacy, and finally an ice cream shop. The Sundae Times offers customers delectable hard ice cream flavors with an inviting ambiance. Be sure to check out flavors like Hotel Black Bottom Pie, Milky Way and Midnight Cookies ‘N Cream.
Surfside Frozen Custard, 500 Washington Blvd., Sea Girt, serves award-winning frozen custard that is locally sourced, crafted with love and made fresh each day. The shop offers several flavors like Salted Caramel and Coffee Almond Crunch as well as plenty of toppings. Flavors are subject to change daily and are written on the big white board next to the ordering window. Make sure to get your fix from this seasonal favorite during the summer months.
Belle’s Ice Cream, 300 Morris Ave, Spring Lake, is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Spring Lake, and with an easy walk-up window, is the perfect summer day treat for everyone. The shop offers a plethora of premium ice cream flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie, Elvis and Fly Fishing Fudge to satisfy every sweet tooth. Try out one of their many dairy-free, vegan and plant-based options, as well.
Beach Plum Ice Cream Parlor, 420 Main St., Bradley Beach, serves up 40 flavors of ice cream, ice cream cakes, milk shakes, floats, flying saucers, banana splits, soft serve, vegan ice cream, kosher ice cream and dog treats. Indulge in delicious ice cream flavors like Reese’s, Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownie.
Cone Zone, 2040 Route 33, in Neptune City, has been offering customers award-winning ice cream, frozen cakes, treats and novelties since 1993. Everything the shop has to offer is made fresh daily on the premises. Cone Zone has a
variety of 32 hard ice creams, over 25 delicious toppings, and treats for your doggie pals as well. Check out Cone Zone’s impressive cake designs on their Facebook for your next event!!
Stop by Niki Maccanico’s Homemade Ice Cream, 1301 Main St., Belmar, to try delicious homemade flavors in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Jeffreeze Ice Cream Parlor located inside the Allenwood General Store, 3208 Allenwood-Lakewood Road, Wall Township, serves up malts, shakes, sundaes, cups/cones and egg creams. Customers can also make their own ice cream pie by choosing ice cream flavors and toppings for an unbeatable summer dessert.
Carlson’s Corner, 432 1st Ave., Manasquan, is the perfect place for ice cream with a view of the Manasquan inlet. While you watch the boats go by, this iconic Squan restaurant will make a great view even sweeter with a cup, a cone or a float.
Eddie Confetti’s Ice Cream and Cafe, 1100 Ocean Ave N, Asbury Park, is an old-school stand on the boardwalk that offers everything from ice cream, milkshakes, malts, smoothies and slushies to specialty coffee. With more than 42 flavors, including vegan options, this summery stand is sure to care of all your beach day needs.
THE BEST OF
Summer Sweets: Ice Cream Shop, 3071 Route 35 North, Lavallette, serves up sweets at the Shore all summer long. Be sure to try Chocolate Chip Cookie, Rich And Famous, Lemon Bar and Cinnabon. Ice cream cakes, pies, parfaits and frozen bananas are also available. Don’t feel like waiting in line? No problem! Order online for easy pickup or delivery.
Point Creamery scoops over 40 flavors of homemade premium ice cream at 3014 Route 88, Point Pleasant. Eight vegan flavors are available, as are sweet treats for your pup! Try the Blueberry Pie, Midnight Crunch or Cookie Trifecta.
Iceberg Ice Cream, 403 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, is a fan-favorite Jersey Shore ice cream destination. The family-owned Iceberg features an arcade as well as hard ice cream, soft serve, Italian ice, sherbet, and no-sugar flavors.
Rich’s Ice Cream has been family-owned since 1955 and uses their original family recipes with top quality ingredients to produce the finest ice cream. You can find them at two locations: 1801 Route 37 East, Toms River, and 344 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor. From famous flurries to custom cakes to Richie bars, there is plenty to choose from.
Kohr’s Frozen Custard has been a Jersey Shore staple since 1923. From the signature orange creme and vanilla swirl to hand-dipped favorites, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, Kohr’s tempts the taste buds. Check out one of Kohr’s oceanside locations along the Seaside Park Boardwalk, Seaside Heights Boardwalk, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach or at 507 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette.
Yellow Brick Road offers over 40 flavor choices of soft and hard ice creams, yogurts and Italian ice, and has been family-owned and operated since 1995. Stop by one of the two locations at 1857 Hooper Ave., Toms River, or 754 Mantoloking Road, in Brick, for delicious frozen treats. If you’re in a rush, try a treat from their grab-and-go cases full of ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, brownie pizzas, and other novelty desserts.
Mrs. Walker’s Famous Homemade Ice Cream offers customers high-quality products and is home to the slogan, “Where we love to treat you sweet!” Mrs. Walker’s serves up serious sundaes, specialty cakes and endless dessert options. Step inside any of their three locations found at 132 South Main St., Forked River; 908 Fischer Blvd., Toms River; and 22 Union Ave., Lakehurst.
Sundae Fundae, 2249 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant, proudly serves a wide selection of Hershey’s ice cream. Stop in this local spot for friendly service and a scoop of one (or two!) of their many flavors.
You Scream Ice Cream, 2791 Hooper Ave., Brick, might just have you screaming about how good their homemade ice cream and gelato is. Try one of their classic flavors, or try something different with one of their Italian specialty desserts like tartufo or the cannoli gondoli sundae.
Freezing Point, 3100 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant Boro, offers a healthier alternative to ice cream that tastes just as good. With gluten free, nonfat, no sugar added and sorbet options, there’s a swirly sweet treat for everyone at “The Coolest Place in Point.”
OTHER SWEET TREATS
Confections of a Rock$tar, #104, 550 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, is a rock ‘n’ roll themed bake shop that offers visitors a wide array of decadent cupcake flavors, candied bacon, french macarons, crumb buns, maple glazed oatmeal raisin cookies, and even treats for your furry friends.
Colonial Bakery, 1906A Grand Central Ave., Lavallette serves the Jersey shore selling custom cakes and confections. The bakery also gives customers the option of ordering online 24 hours in advance.
Dune Donuts, 1408 3rd Ave., Spring Lake, brings customers an exciting assortment of bagels and donuts to its customers. The shop also offers breakfast sandwiches, including its “must try” – the inside out everything bagel.
Mueller’s Bakery, 80 Bridge Ave., Bay Head, is an absolute Jersey shore staple. Step into the classic bakery and take a number – unless you’re a very early bird, there’s going to be a wait. Customers can grab a coffee and a copy of The Ocean Star while they wait to be called to the bakery counter to pick out their homemade cookies, crumb cakes or donuts.
Ocean Grove Bake Shoppe, 55 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, delights customers with freshly baked muffins, pastries, cakes, danishes, artisan breads, and puddings. The shop also has recently started offering gluten free baked goods and homemade sandwiches to grab on your way up to the beach.
Purple Glaze, 516 Summerfield Ave., Asbury Park, makes delicious, fresh donuts. Visitors can choose from flavors including classics like Jelly or glazed, as well as creations like a Key Lime Pie donut with key lime filling, vanilla icing, crushed graham cracker crumbs, whipped cream and mini yogurt chips. The shop is family-owned and operated.
The Scone Pony, 305 Washington Ave., Spring Lake, offers a selection of cookies, cupcakes and baked goods, including, of course, its signature scones.
Sunburst Pie Company, 150 Main St., Manasquan, has you covered when it comes to anything pie – whether it be savory like a quiche or anything sweet, the shop has an incredible selection of tasty, homemade treats. Bonus for locals: try the hot chocolate in the winter, topped with a homemade marshmallow.
Sweet Revenge 527 Bay Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, is the place to go for beautiful – and delectable – hand made chocolates. The chocolatier serves up milk and dark chocolate treats by the pound or in customized gift boxes.
Sweet Tease Tea Room, 604 Main St., Belmar, is your go to spot for tea time at the Jersey shore. The tea room offers a range of options for afternoon tea including a High Tea Pre-Fixe Menu, as well as scones, pastries and desserts.
Nick & Sons Bakery, 304 Morris Ave., Spring Lake, also has a Brooklyn location and was voted NYC’s Best Croissant in 2021. Right here in Spring Lake you can enjoy their artisanal breads and pastries baked on premise from local, organic ingredients. You’ll enjoy both the sweet and the savory at this location.
Bay Head Cheese Shop, 91 Bridge Ave., Bay Head, is another local shop that specializes in both the savory and the sweet. This cute shop offers gourmet delights, quiches, homemade soups and tea, imported and domestic cheeses, specialty foods, homemade hors d’oeuvres, cheese dips, cheesecakes and cheese platters, as well as wine and other spirits. As they say, “cheese never tasted so sweet.”
Berritazza Cafe, 506 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, has real açai straight from the Amazon. Packed with antioxidants and paired with fruit and toppings of your choosing, this tasty treat goes directly from the Amazon rainforest straight to your bowl. Berritazza Cafe also offers espresso, cold brew, gelato, artisan coffee, shakes, healthy eats and pastries.
Top That Donuts, 210 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, is a family-owned, donut and coffee shop that is ready to delight your taste buds. The unique process of creating your own donut from their seasonal menu or of your own design and watching your donut get made is a fun one. The tastiness and excitement will keep you coming back for more!
Take the sweets show on the road with the Wandering Sweets dessert food truck. Originally based out of Freehold, this family business proudly serves the community by running an innovative and imaginative dessert truck that offers one-of-a-kind, crafted and customized desserts to all types of events and parties. Now you can also find them at 512 Bay Ave. in Point Beach at their new store which wanders much less than their truck does!
Chocolates & Sweets by Joanne is now open in Ocean Grove at 73 Main Avenue. Stop in for a wide variety of sweet-tooth pleasers including chocolates, tasty sweets, baked goods, smoothies, gelato, lemonade and more! You can also enjoy sandwiches, salads and more at this Ocean Grove hotspot.
Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe is a Spring Lake staple offering homemade chocolates, specialty candies and summertime ice cream. You must add this sweet spot to your list for a Spring Lake outing.