Summer is officially here, and keeping cool is a top priority! We've rounded up a list of locals' favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt spots, and we've included everything from family-owned independent ice cream parlors to more popular chains (that are favorites for a reason!). We also want to be sure to mention that Magic Fountain is a definite favorite of locals… but unfortunately they had a fire! We hope to see them up and running again soon!
When it gets hot out and that sweet tooth starts to act up, you can use our handy map to find the closest ice cream option to you!
1. Polar Cub
Fans of the Polar Cub know that the drive to its Whitehouse location is definitely worth the ride! The old-fashioned, walk-up ice cream stand is a classic favorite, and regulars recommend the Peanut Butter-covered Vanilla Ice Cream, Soft Serve Chocolate with Marshmallow topping or just a good ol' Hot Fudge Sundae.
Located at 380 US-22, Whitehouse, NJ 08888
Known for their "Signature Creations" and "Create your Own Creations" option, Cold Stone Creamery is a fun experience that all ice cream lovers should try at least once! For the "Create your Own Creations," you can choose a type of ice cream and choose what toppings you want to mix in. Instead of simply getting toppings, employees will mix up the ice cream and toppings for you! Topping include things like rainbow sprinkles, pecans, white chocolate chips, brownies, butterfingers, cake, caramel and much more!
Located at 428b Route 202-206 North Bedminster, NJ 07921
These guys serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, but are especially known for their elaborate ice cream sundaes and treats. Sundaes like the Forbidden Fudge Brownie, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, and Hunka Chunka PB Fudge make up Friendly's menu; it's the perfect spot to visit for birthdays and celebrations!
Located at 108 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Home of "Fine food and legendary homemade ice cream," Gabriel's takes their ice cream seriously. They even host tours of their behind-the-scenes ice cream-making process, an event that's sure to be a hit for birthday parties! In addition to an eclectic list of ice cream flavors, they also have a specialty menu with indulgences like Deep Fried Ice Cream, Pistachio Affogato, a classic Banana Split, and more.
Located at 1948 Washington Valley Rd # 1, Martinsville, NJ 08836
This premium frozen yogurt shop is stocked with plenty of flavors and even more toppings. You have the option to really indulge in a sweet tooth—gummy worms, sprinkles, jelly beans, m&ms and a variety of other candies are all in the mix, while healthier options like granola, berries and other fruits are also available.
Located at the Dewy Meadow Shopping Center, 413 King George Rd # 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Locals say that this South Bound Brook spot is definitely worth the ride! A brother and sister duo have been running the shop for over 40 years, and it's their homemade ice cream and Italian ice that has people coming back again and again. Their flavors include a long list of delectable classics, like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Cherry Vanilla, Maple Walnut, and many more. These guys also offer a menu with burgers, fries, sandwiches and more.
Located at 48 Main Street, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
7. 16 Handles
With several locations on the east coast, 16 Handles is an obvious favorite—and for a reason! They offer a long list of frozen yogurt flavors, from classics like Chocolate Love Affair and Salted Caramel, to more unique flavors like Peach Sangria Sorbetto and Green Tea Vanilla. There are also a range of health-conscious options, from low-fat and fat-free to vegan and no sugar added.
We're lucky enough to have a 16 Handles right here in Warren, and we even had a chance to get an up-close look at the frozen yogurt shop:
Located at 4 Mt Bethel Rd, Warren, NJ 07059
Gourmet Italian ices, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, waffle bowl sundae and more are all in the mix when you visit Uncle Louie G's! And when it comes to flavor selection, it's almost overwhelming… Italian ice flavors like Black Razzberry, Cherry Chip Explosion, Pure Passion Fruit, Rainbow Cookie, Sweet Georgia Peach and many, many more are all on the menu. When it comes to ice cream flavors, they offer a wide range, including unique combos like Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Soprano Spumoni, Dulce De Leche De Louie and more!
Located at 500 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812
Open by the Elefante family in 2000 and named for their grandmother, Zita Elefante, Zita's has been going strong ever since. Soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, homemade hard ice cream and Italian ice flavors are all on the menu, plus favorite like brownie sundaes, shakes, blends and slushies!
Located at 1790 Springfield Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974
This local favorite has locals raving about their truly heavenly homemade ice cream. A few top-rated flavors include Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream, Mint Oreo, Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and Peanut Butter Swirl. Just remember it's cash only!
Located at 2014 US-22, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
11. Dairy Queen
A national favorite, we couldn't leave these guys off of the list! Of course known for their blizzards, Dairy Queen offers mouthwatering cool treats, and their blizzards come in several delectable options, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Turtle Pecan, Banana Split and more.
Located at 1367 South Ave Plainfield, NJ 07062-1943
We're lucky to have one of these shops nearby! Classic flavors like coffee, chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel truffle, dulce de leche and more are all available. In addition to more traditional offers like sundaes, shakes, frappes, cakes, and smoothies, they also serve Dazzler's, which include three scoops of ice cream with a layer of topping in between each school. (Take a peek at the Dazzler selection… at your own risk!)
Located at 358 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ
So many people helpfully pointed out that Penguin Ice Cream is another fabulous ice cream place, so we've added #13 to this list! These guys serve up both ice cream and frozen yogurt, and they even have dairy-free and gluten-free options. A long list of tantalizing flavors fills their menu: Maine Wild Blueberry, Pink Peppermint Stick, Fly Fishing Fudge, Toasted Coconut and more are all in the sweet mix!
Located at 3 Claremont Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924