Northern New Jersey's Best Ice Cream

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You may think of ice cream as a summer treat, but for us true ice cream lovers, there is no time like the present. Here is our list of the best ice cream in this part of the state. Add in a hot chocolate on the side and there is nothing better.


Holsten's Brookdale Confectionary  
1063 Broad Street, Bloomfield
973-338-7091

This is the place you know from the Sopranos, and most recently from a Saturday Night Life skit about the Sopranos.  And it really looks like that.  But for locals, Holsten’s is famous for its delicious homemade ice cream, milkshakes and candies, and it just celebrated its 75th Anniversary. The owners say they try to keep Holsten’s old fashioned atmosphere alive as much as possible. “That's why it hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s like taking a step back in time.” You can sit at the old fashioned counter, or take a seat in a booth.  Holsten's also serves burgers, fries, and other simple lunch counter fare.

 


Mark & Julie's Homemade Ice Cream
476 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange
973-731-6011

On the corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle Rock Avenue, Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream opened its doors on July 8, 1994. All of their ice cream and yogurts are made on the premises using the best quality gourmet ingredients available. Over 52 fabulous flavors, including special holiday and seasonal flavors, as well as sugar free, fat free and low fat ice creams and yogurts.

 


Frozen in Time Ice Cream Parlour
129 South Livingston AvE, Livingston
973-992-0404

Frozen in Time's ice cream is made by Hershey and what they do with it is pretty cool. They have a "soft serve" machine that can take any combination of ice cream and toppings  and blend and dispense it like soft serve, with a huge selection of toppings, as well as sprinkle-coated cones for kids.

 


The Towne Scoop
542b Bloomfield Ave, Verona
973-748-3003

The Towne Scoop is an Old-Fashioned, Hometown Ice Cream Parlor offering hand-dipped & soft-serve ice cream with a variety of toppings.  Servers are dressed in the shop's colors and they feature an old fashioned ice cream truck on hot summer days.  Perfect for an ice cream stroll through the spectacular nearby Verona Park.


Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato
150 Bay Street, Jersey City  
201-503-5588

If you want something really artisanal , head to Jersey City.  Gelato made from 100% grass-fed milk is what it's about at this chic shop scooping a roster of rotating flavors like rose latte and lemon thyme, plus alcohol-infused (dark and stormy, Black Label vanilla) and vegan options.


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ZRolls
452 Springfield Avenue, Summit
201-503-5588

Jumping in on the rolled ice cream craze, this is not your ordinary ice cream!  Zrolls offers a variety of delicious Thai rolled ice creams, made to order, with awesome toppings.  This is a unique ice cream experience in Downtown Summit.


Absolute Zero
410 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
862-213-3748

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Since Absolute Zero opened in 2016 in downtown Montclair, there has been a line out the door daily.  The idea originated from Thailand where street vendors created these frozen treats on mobile carts. They hand make their ice cream rolls, starting with fresh milk and cream to create a base, and then mix in additional ingredients such as fresh fruit or cookies to create different flavors over a subzero ice cream pan. It is then spread and finally rolled into amazing ice cream rolls.


Applegate Farm Ice Cream
4616 Grove Street, Montclair
973-744-5900

Applegate Farm has been a part of the Montclair community since 1848. You can see the original farm house that saw many slaves to freedom during the Civil War, as well as an authentic tile silo, one of three built in New Jersey in 1919. They have a full range of flavors and tons of action on a warm evening.

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