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The Scoop on the Best Ice Cream Shops in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Edwin (Ed) O’Malley

As a life-long, year-round resident of the Bay Head and Mantoloking area, Ed combines his outstanding local knowledge and connections with his 20 year...

As a life-long, year-round resident of the Bay Head and Mantoloking area, Ed combines his outstanding local knowledge and connections with his 20 year...

Jul 13 4 minutes read

The Scoop on the Best Ice Cream Shops in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

When the summer heat hits, there's no better way to cool off than indulging in a delicious scoop of ice cream. Monmouth and Ocean County in New Jersey are home to a vibrant ice cream scene, offering a range of flavors and creative concoctions to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you're a local resident or just passing through, here are some of the best ice cream shops in the area that are worth a visit.

  1. Hoffman's Ice Cream (Point Pleasant Beach - and other locations)): Located in Point Pleasant Beach, Hoffman's Ice Cream has been a local favorite since 1955. With a rich history and a reputation for high-quality ice cream, this shop offers a wide variety of flavors, from classic favorites like chocolate and vanilla to unique creations like Salted Caramel Pretzel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl. The creamy texture and generous portions make every visit to Hoffman's a delight.

     

  2. Cookman Creamery (Asbury Park): Nestled in the vibrant town of Asbury Park, Cookman Creamery is a must-visit for ice cream enthusiasts. This cozy, family-owned shop is known for its small-batch, homemade ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients. With flavors like Lavender Honey, Roasted Strawberry, and Earl Grey, Cookman Creamery offers a delightful range of inventive and refreshing options. Don't forget to try their homemade waffle cones for an extra treat. 

     

  3. Coney Waffle (Belmar - and other locations): If you're looking for a place that combines ice cream with a touch of whimsy, Coney Waffle in Belmar is the place to be. Famous for their over-the-top creations, this shop serves gigantic ice cream cones, outrageous milkshakes, and even ice cream sandwiches made with warm, freshly baked waffles. From the colorful and Instagram-worthy Unicorn Waffle Sundae to the classic Banana Split, Coney Waffle delivers a fun and indulgent ice cream experience. 

  4. The Lighthouse (Toms River): Nestled in Toms River, The Lighthouse is a local gem that has been serving homemade ice cream for over 30 years. This family-owned shop boasts a wide variety of flavors, including fan favorites like Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, and Butter Pecan. The Lighthouse also offers no-sugar-added and dairy-free options, ensuring that everyone can enjoy their frozen treats. With generous portions and a friendly atmosphere, this ice cream parlor is a go-to spot for families and ice cream lovers alike.

Other local favorites include Yellow Brick Road Ice Cream (Brick) and Main Street Creamery (Manasqan).  Feel free to share your favorites as well!

Monmouth and Ocean counties have a delightful array of ice cream shops, each offering its own distinct flavors and experiences. From the nostalgic charm of Hoffman's Ice Cream to the creative concoctions at Coney Waffle, these shops have something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the area, treat yourself to a scoop or two and explore the some of the best ice cream shops that Monmouth and Ocean counties have to offer. Your taste buds will thank you!


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