As a Jersey girl, it was very exciting to get to review the first NJ ice cream shop that we’ve done on the blog. I mean honestly, eating ice cream outside on a gorgeous NJ afternoon with a friend, does it get any better than that? I think not. (Except of course if more friends had been there!)
Pulling into the parking lot, I could tell that this place was a local haunt. As the cool kids might say, it was popping!
And, with reason – the ambience was excellent! Walking up to the counter, you could tell that this was a well-loved local ice cream place. There were people gathered at the countless tables on a patio and in a green space by the parking lot. There was even a youth baseball team enjoying ice cream together. It really doesn’t get any more classic Americana than that.
We had to wait in line to get our ice cream, but the line moved quickly and it just gave us more time to decide which flavors we would be going for.
I was a bit surprised to see that there was no chocolate hard ice cream flavor available. I’ve never seen that before and I feel like that is a classic (and important flavor) to have on a menu. I also wished that the flavors had described what was in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love surprises, but I also love to know what components make up an ice cream flavor (especially when the flavors are unique). And, for people who have dietary restrictions, descriptions of the flavors can be essential in informing their flavor selection.
While I would have loved descriptions of the flavors, the options did not disappoint. Honestly, I had a very tough time making a final decision because there were so many that I wanted to try. Jersey Freeze boasts quite a selection of hard ice cream, soft ice cream, and frozen yogurt. In our last post I wished for more coffee/peanut butter/chocolate based flavors, and Jersey Freeze certainly came through for me!
As a whole, the ice cream was creamy, the add-ins tasted fresh and homemade, and the flavors lived up to their names.
The Flavor Review:
Peanut Butter Pie (Rebecca): A deliciously creamy peanut butter base really made this ice cream the one for me. It was stellar. This flavor also had graham cracker crumbs mixed it (perhaps to represent the pie crust) and chunks of peanut butter cups (perhaps to represent the topping on a pie). It was good – I liked the addition of the crunch of the peanut butter cups and the texture of the graham cracker crumbs. But let’s be real, I would’ve been a happy camper with just the yummy peanut butter ice cream!
Coffee Cookies & Cream (Rebecca): I also enjoyed this flavor! The “cookies” in the “cookies & cream” tasted almost like chocolate, melting in my mouth with each bite. The layers of the cookies mixed really well with the ice cream. The coffee ice cream base was also very good, although I think I would have liked a slightly stronger coffee flavor to come through. (Who knew I had so many thoughts about coffee ice cream?!). This flavor is definitely worth a try for any coffee lovers!
Overall Scoops (out of 5):
Rebecca: 4.5 Scoops. This has been my favorite ice cream place so far due to the variety of flavors, the delicious ice cream (especially the peanut butter one) and the classic ice-cream-place-feel with plenty of outdoor seating. 11/10 would go back to try all of their other flavors!
A super special shout-out to my ice cream tasting companion this week: Christina!
Part of the idea behind this project was to be able to share our love of ice cream and connect with people. It was so fun to see that in action – spending time with a friend I haven’t seen in about a year and enjoying some sweet treats! I stand by the fact that there are few things in the world better than ice cream with family/friends.
So, for all of our ice cream loving friends and family out there, if you know and recommend an ice cream place near you, we will travel for ice cream (and to see you, of course)!