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Top 5 ice cream places, flavors in NJ — Judi’s definitive list

Ice cream

When it comes to ice cream, I am the expert. A confirmed ice creamholic.

I will travel far and wide across New Jersey to find the best, creamiest, most creative flavors out there. So for me, it’s the cool/different flavors and combinations of flavors and mix-ins that make ice cream an EXPERIENCE. So If you’re a choc/straw/nilla type, you can run to the corner and get a box out of the convenience store freezer, but if you like the imaginative, fun, gourmet flavors, here is the definitive list of where to go and what to try in the Garden State:

The Ice Cream Shoppe, Neptune City

A hometown treasure, the ice cream shoppe always brings it.

5 Flavors to try:

  • MudPie
  • Birthday Cake
  • Cotton Candy
  • Vanilla Peanut Butter
  • Dirty Banana

Gracie and the Dudes, Long Branch

Super premium, all natural and a Jersey shore fave. A couple new locations you gotta check out.

5 flavors to try:

  • Butter Toffee
  • Old fashioned donut
  • White chocolate macadamia
  • Salted Caramel
  • Zagnut

Hoffmans, Point Pleasant and various locations

Once featured in an episode of “Man vs. Food,” Hoffmans has been well-known in New Jersey for over 40 years. They have four locations.

5 flavors to try:

  • Coffee Oreo
  • Strawberry BonBon
  • Peanut Butter nugget
  • Almond Turtles
  • Toasted Coconut

Duffers, Wildwood

It’s a whole experience: Victorian atmosphere, mini-golf, arcade, and some very different flavors.

5 flavors to try:

  • Marble Carmel
  • Maple Walnut
  • Sticky Bun
  • Butter Brickle
  • Piña Colada

Cookman Creamery, Asbury Park

Artisnal ice cream with surprising flavors. (One of the few that caters to the vegan crowd as more than a side note).

5 flavors to try:

  • Thunder Road
  • Cookman Monster
  • Nutter Brudder
  • Lemon Cookie
  • (Vegan)-Blue Lavender

Where’s YOUR favorite ice cream place, and what’s your favorite flavor? Comment below or tweet @NJ1015.

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