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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
The Dewy Meadow Shopping Center, 413 King George Rd # 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
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.
48 Main Street, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
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.
4 Mt Bethel Rd, Warren, NJ 07059
Gourmet Italian ices, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, waffle bowl sundaes and more! And when it comes to flavor selection, it's almost overwhelming… Italian ice flavors like Black Razzberry, Cherry Chip Explosion, Rainbow Cookie, Sweet Georgia Peach and more are on the menu. For ice cream flavors, they offer unique combos like Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Soprano Spumoni, Dulce De Leche De Louie and more!
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!
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!
2014 US-22, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
"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.
1367 South Ave Plainfield, NJ 07062-1943
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!
3 Claremont Road Bernardsville, NJ 07924