Applegate Farm has been producing homemade ice cream since the 1920s, and let me tell you, they really know what they’re doing. They offer, by my count, over 30 flavors of homemade ice cream, which are all made on site.
It has a classic farm feel, with bright red buildings and a parking lot flanked by cow statues. You simply can’t miss them when you pull into the parking lot! It wasn’t too crowded when we went (the middle of the day in September), but I can imagine how hopping it is on a warm summer night.
For this ice cream tasting adventure, I was joined by my grandparents who live near Montclair but, like me, had never been to Applegate Farm. My Opa (“grandfather” in German) had the Graham Central Station and my Oma (“grandmother” in German) had the Rum Raisin. Both kept commenting on how good the ice cream was! They, like me, were very impressed with the experience.
The only downside is the prices. It was one of the pricier homemade ice creams that I’ve had as of late at $6.20 for a small. The portion sizes were very generous, and I definitely got my money’s worth, but I wouldn’t be able to justify going on a regular basis. But, it was a high quality once-in-a-while treat!
The Flavor Review:
Graham Central Station: One of Applegate Farm’s most popular flavors, it consists of graham flavored ice cream with graham crackers and chocolate. The ice cream packed a strong graham flavor, which was balanced out by the crunch of the graham cracker pieces and the chocolate. I enjoyed it, but I truly don’t know if I could eat a whole scoop of it, as I’m not the biggest fan of graham crackers. My Opa, however, loved it, and devoured his scoops!
Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie: By far my favorite flavor of the day! While the description says it has a vanilla base, there is so much peanut butter fudge and brownie batter pieces swirled in, that the dominant flavors were peanut butter, fudge, and brownie batter. And oh boy, was it delicious! The ice cream was super creamy and each bite was peanut butter and chocolatey deliciousness. I would 10/10 recommend.
Ice Cream Cake: Reminiscent of certain name brand ice cream cake, this flavor had a vanilla base with blue (icing, maybe?) and rainbow sprinkles swirled throughout. The vanilla ice cream was delicious. It was smooth and creamy, and had a strong vanilla taste. I thought the overall flavor was good, but I do wish that it had some form of chocolate component (perhaps in the form of chocolate crunchies) to add some texture/flavor and more closely align with what I think of when I think of ice cream cake.
Overall Scoops (out of 5):
4.75 Scoops: Overall, the ice cream was rich, creamy, and delivered strong (and delectable) flavors. The ice cream tasted homemade, in that it was the kind of creamy and fresh that you just can’t get from a quart from the grocery store. I still cannot get over how peanut buttery and fudgey and chocolatey the Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie was. It was amazing! While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the prices, I did feel like I was paying for quality ice cream, which I always appreciate.