The best ice cream in New Jersey is, of course, subjective. New Jersey is a great state for an ice cream fan. There are so many places to try. I sampled ice cream from eleven different ice cream shops around the state and have chosen my top three and listed what stands out the most to me about the shop.
- Denville Dairy in Denville, NJ–the creamiest soft-serve ice cream.
- Magnifico’s in East Brunswick, NJ–best cherry-dipped cone.
- Cookman Creamery in Asbury Park, NJ–delicious vegan options.
There are some long lines at Ice Hot Teppanyaki on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ, but they are not as long as the lines for this type of ice cream in New York City. So I could finally try it. It is as fun watching these guys make the ice cream as it is to eat it. The cream is poured onto a freezing metal surface and manipulated with a spatula until it starts to harden.
Other ingredients are added in,
then it is rolled into a cylindrical shape,
put into a cup, and topped with fruit or cookies, etc. This style of ice cream seems to have originated in Thailand but it is called teppanyaki because a Japanese teppanyaki pan is used to make it. Teppanyaki is food that is cooked on a griddle like what you get at a Japanese steakhouse.
It’s very pretty and very tasty.
Fine Fellows Creamery has a cute retro ’50s soda shop vibe. It serves Bassetts Ice Cream from Philadelphia. Bassetts is the oldest ice cream company in America still run by the Bassett family since 1861. They have a lot of traditional flavors but have changed with the times to include flavors like matcha and pomegranate blueberry chunk. I had never heard of nor tried Bassetts before, so I was curious. I’m a purist, so I usually opt for vanilla.
It was good, but it had the consistency of most retail ice cream, which is to say, it had added gums. Sure enough, I checked the nutritional information on Bassetts website and it does (and corn syrup). I would say if you are in Cape May and wanting ice cream, then Fine Fellows is a good option.
What is the best pizza in New Jersey? This post ends my New Jersey pizza tour, where I tried eight popular New Jersey pizzerias. I tried Trenton-style tomato pies, bar-style pizza, coal-fired pizza and classic-style pizza. My friend thinks that Star Tavern in Orange was the best, delicious and unique. I agree, but I also think it’s a tie with Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack. But you can’t go wrong at any of these pizzerias. Most are family-owned businesses, many started by Italian immigrants. Kudos to them for keeping these businesses open in the ever-increasing corporate culture we have going on in America now. There are pizzerias in Italy that date back a couple of hundred years, so should there be here in America. Long live apizz’, long live the Jersey bar pizza, long live the Trenton tomato pie, long live coal-fired pizza, and long live the classic American slice.
Tie: Star Tavern in Orange, NJ, and Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Brick-Oven Pizza in Hackensack, NJ.
I just want to add one thing since I posted this. There was only one pizzeria that I visited that had an excellent-tasting, traditional, old-world dough. That is Papa’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville, NJ. They know how to make pizza dough. For my taste, it was thinner than I like it, but it was a great example of how pizza dough should taste. In my book, dough is the hardest component of pizza to master. Papa’s masters it.
Stay tuned: The next two weeks, I look for the best ice cream in New Jersey.
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