Who is in for an ice cream tour? I have a list of the must-try best ice cream spots in Morris County, NJ.
I will list the top local picks from west to east so that you can put them in order of best to less-best for yourself.
Open every day, Das’ Creamery is a family business that has been open since 2014. This family draws from their travels, imagination, and memories when creating their signature flavors. Some flavor highlights include key lime, lemon drop cookie, and pomegranate.
Taylor’s has that feel of an ice cream shop that has been around for a long time. There are 48 flavors and everything here is homemade. Bonus… you can also get a coveted dole whip.
Around since 1975, Cliff’s is a local favorite. With 11 flavors of soft ice cream and over 60 flavors of hard, hand-dipped ice cream, there is something for everyone here. You can even have your next event catered by Cliff’s.
Originally founded by two families who were inspired by their love of ice cream and community, Mendham Creamery is still a beloved spot bringing families together. You get a full range of options of ice cream created by The Hershey Creamery Company. Another fun fact: every time your child gets ice cream from here, they are entered into a contest to be the “Creamery Kid of the Month.” One winner each month gets to pick a special flavor that Mendham Creamery will carry for the next 30 days! They also get a free ice cream and get their photo up in the store for one month.
Family owned and family friendly, Jefferson Dairy has been offering homemade ice cream since 1969. Fresh ingredients are always used and ice cream is made daily.
Family run for over 35 years, Dover Dairy Maid works to bring happiness daily to anyone who tries their homemade ice cream. You can also get Italian ice and frozen yogurt at this establishment. Custom ice cream cakes and “dream cream novelties” (including a variety of ice cream sandwiches) are also available.
The owner of this establishment sought to bring fresh amazing gelato to the area after a trip to Italy in 2008. He learned from a master gelato and pastry chef in Italy so that he could create the best of the best. Ice cream and gelato are made in small batches to ensure that they are smooth and creamy. Yum!
Denville Dairy has been serving up homemade ice cream for over 50 years. Not only do they have a ton of signature flavors, but you can also order ice cream cakes, pies, and sandwiches. Plus, in the summer, you can get a creamsicle sherbert cooler cake. I’m sorry, what?! Amazing.
Scoop Station serves classic, premium ice cream, but they also serve ice cream floats, smoothies, bubble teas, and ice cream flights. Owned by a local, young family, the vibe here is cozy, warm, and inviting.
You guessed it, Beenie’s serves the homemade stuff… they even make their own dairy base, really starting from scratch. They have a ton of unique flavors, including Dunkaroos, Glazed Donut, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Open from April through the end of September, Super Scoops serves all homemade items, including ice cream, cakes, Italian ice and novelties. You can even get a brownie sundae. Cash only at this spot!
Offering Gifford’s of Maine Ice Cream, Scoop House is a local hot spot. With vintage vibes, you can even get waffles and ice cream here. And during the holidays, there are special treats available, like affogatos (hot espresso poured over vanilla ice cream).
This spot started out serving Carvel ice cream in the late 80’s but then switched over to homemade in 2000 (love this trend!). There are over 50 flavors of ice cream to choose from and 2-4 dole whip flavors depending on the season. Orange Creamsicle is a summer flavor favorite!
This locale’s name stems from its owner family’s love for baseball/softball (the home team bats last, so they get “last licks.”) The owner develops his own recipes for the store’s homemade ice creams (which there are tons of!) Novelty items in the store include cone dippers, holy cannolis (cannolis filled with “Holy Cannoli” ice cream), oreo kisses (oreo topped with vanilla ice cream and then dipped in chocolate cone dip), and monkey bites (sliced bananas dipped in chocolate or peanut butter).
Diane’s Dairy specializes in homemade ice cream and creative ice cream cake designs. (These are not your standard designs, people!) With so many flavors to choose from, and an owner who is all about supporting the community, this place is a win-win.
So there you have it! You may have tried a few of these shops before, but how about a goal of all 15? What is there to lose?!
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