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.
Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream opened in 1975 by Cliff Freund.
It serves both hard and soft ice cream. For those who prefer soft serve, there are a lot of flavors here to choose from.
The hard ice cream menu is quite extensive and a lot of flavors sounded interesting to me, Smurf not being one of them. I liked Bavarian Creame Raspberry Truffle. My friend did also, so we both got two scoops. As you can see from this photo, my friend’s scoops were a lot larger than mine and they had truffles, which you couldn’t see in mine.
Despite these inconsistencies, the ice cream was good.
Denville Dairy has been around for 50 years, so you know they are doing something right. The shop was created by Jack Fine, who passed away in 2013, and is now run by his children. They serve hard and soft ice cream as well as ice cream sandwiches, cakes, pies and more. I had to go for a vanilla soft serve here because I had a feeling it was going to be creamy and delicious. I was right. This was one of the best vanilla soft serve ice creams I have ever had. It has that wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and slight tang that I look for in vanilla ice cream.
Cookman Creamery is a newcomer on the New Jersey ice cream scene, but it is no novice.
The ice cream here is artisanal with standard flavors like vanilla, chocolate and butter pecan alongside more creative ones. They sure do love their Oreos with three unique flavors: Nutter Brudder with peanut butter Oreos, peanut butter Chips Ahoy, fudge swirl, and peanut butter swirl; Cookman Monster with Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and fudge swirls; and Lemon Cookie with lemon pudding, lemon Oreos, and lemon zest. They also have a nod to the city’s most famous son, Bruce Springsteen, with the salted caramel-and-chocolate covered pretzel Thunder Road.
What really stands out here is how they cater to people with allergies and alternative diets. They have a large selection of vegan ice cream and quite a few gluten-free options. I also felt the staff was knowledgeable and clarified with me what was vegan and traditional.
I ordered a scoop of traditional vanilla and a scoop of vegan maple bacon. Both were good, but the vegan was the standout. This flavor was really unique and delicious. It was so creamy that I couldn’t tell it was nondairy.
As You Like It Ice Cream has been in Raritan, New Jersey, since 1985. They serve both hard and soft ice cream in mostly standard flavors. One of their flavors is a salted caramel called Jersey Shore.
On my visit, I had just eaten DeLucia’s pizza nearby and wanted some dessert. So I got orange cream, which was a tasty option.
Kohr’s The Original began serving up frozen custard on the beach in Coney Island in 1919. According to its website, the Swiss Kohr brothers created frozen custard by adding eggs to ice cream so that it wouldn’t melt so quickly from the salty sea air. There is some discrepancy as to which brother patented the ice cream machine and first made the frozen custard. It’s detailed in a 2000 article in The New York Times that I won’t attempt to retell here.
I stopped by a location of the Original on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ. I got vanilla soft-serve frozen custard. I must admit, frozen custard is not my first choice in the ice cream department, but Kohr’s is still creamy and yummy.
Magnifico’s Ice Cream is on Route 18, one of those lovely New Jersey roads where you can’t make a left turn and have to go a mile out of your way to make a U-turn. BUT, the ice cream is worth the frustration of a New Jersey highway. Magnifico’s was opened in 1981 by Gary Magnifico and gets high marks as a New Jersey favorite.
If you like soft ice cream and sundaes, this is your place. They have many flavors and toppings, as well as egg cream and shakes. (I always wonder who these people are who order milk shakes at ice cream shops?) I couldn’t resist ordering a cherry-dipped vanilla cone. I’m glad too, because this was one of the best I’ve ever had.