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With sweltering temperatures this summer, we can all look forward to a holiday that will help us beat the heat and satisfy our sweet tooth at the same time – National Ice Cream Day! President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day and the entire month of July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. This year, National Ice Cream Day falls on Sunday, July 18th. Below you’ll find some local shops that you can visit in Hoboken and Jersey City with your family to celebrate this delicious holiday. We also include a few suggestions for which new or popular ice cream flavors you won’t want to miss. Whether you prefer to stick with traditional ice cream flavors, or want to explore some creative new combinations, we are sure you’ll find something to make the day special. Happy National Ice Cream Day to all!
Thomas’ Ice Cream Café
Support a business in Southwest Hoboken by checking out Thomas’ Ice Cream Café. They are known for their fresh ingredients and actually make ice cream every day onsite. They recently updated their cookie dough recipe, but customers also rave about their hot fudge brownie, Nutella Oreo, and red velvet cupcake ice cream flavors. If you plan to get some ice cream on July 18th, Thomas’ will be open 1 PM – 10 PM.
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A great local option to consider is heading to 16 Handles located at 1185 Maxwell Place. Take the opportunity to eat your treat along Hoboken’s beautiful uptown waterfront, including Maxwell Park, located just across from the shop. 16 Handles recently added vegan options to diversify their menu, including chocolate and vanilla made from oat milk, as well as an iced latte flavor. 16 Handles will be open on July 18th from 11 AM - 11 PM.
Jun’s Macaron Gelato
A local mom and pop ice cream shop is Jun’s Macaron Gelato located right in the heart of midtown Hoboken. This shop is dedicated to promoting French and Italian sweets for all to enjoy. Some of their most popular ice cream flavors include dark chocolate hazelnut, salted caramel, and roasted marshmallow. They also prepare fresh croissant donuts “cronuts” daily. Jun’s Macaron Gelato will be open on Saturday, July 17th from 2 PM – 10:30 PM, but will be closed on Sunday.
Ben & Jerry’s
We can’t forget one of the best exports from Vermont - Ben & Jerry’s at 4th and Washington! Ben & Jerry’s has recently added some new flavors. “Marshmallow Sky” is chocolate chip cookie dough and swirls of marshmallow, colored blue by an algae named spirulina. “Change the Whirled” is a new vegan option named in honor of Colin Kaepernick. If you like sunflower butter, caramel with graham crackers, chocolate sandwich cookies, and fudge chunks – this is the right flavor for you! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Change the Whirled go to the Know Your Rights Camp to promote racial justice. Ben & Jerry’s will be open on July 18th from 12 PM – 10:30 PM. Photo provided by Ben & Jerry's
If you are looking for a culinary adventure, there are some innovative shops in the ice cream game that we must mention. One place that stands out is Ample Hills. This Brooklyn based shop opened up near the historic Downtown Jersey City area in 2017. They pride themselves on being as much a bakery as creamery. If you’re looking for some fun, new flavors you must try “Corn to Run”, which is a sweet corn ice cream with crunchy cornmeal crumble and a tangy blueberry swirl. Another groovy option is “Summer of Love”, which is mixed with ribbons of buttercream frosting and Baked by Melissa’s tie-dye cupcakes. Ample Hills will be open on Sunday, July 18th from 1 PM – 9:00 PM.
People wait patiently in long lines to get into Torico and if you visit, you’ll understand why. This shop, located in the Grove Street area and owned by Pura and Peter Berrios, was profiled in the New York Times, and is renowned for bringing Puerto Rican and global flavors to the neighborhood. Some ice cream options that will remind you of the Caribbean are their refreshing spring and summer flavors, including coconut joy, jackfruit, avocado, lychee, and papaya. Kids are excited to try their pink bubble gum ice cream. Torico will be open on July 18th from 11 AM – 11 PM.
One of the newest ice cream shops on the scene is Stack Creamery, which just expanded from Westwood to Jersey City this past spring. There are many reasons to like this new shop, including their delicious ice cream sandwiches, along with an option that incorporates donuts AND their ice cream pie, which feeds up to 6 people. Some creative new ice cream flavors that deserve a shoutout include holy cannoli, vegan peanut butter and jelly, cotton candy, and cookie monster. Stack Creamery will be open on July 18th from 12 PM – 11 PM.
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar elevates the ice cream scene by creating cereal infused ice cream. The scrumptious treats available through this shop are sure to make your day, especially if you are into crunchy textures. You can find many of your favorite cereals from childhood on the menu as ingredients, including Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, and Cap’n Crunch. One popular signature combination is called “Froot Berry Bliss”, which is a blend of Froot Loops, strawberries, blueberries, topped with Fruity Pebbles and gummy bears. Another combination is called “Cookie Crisp Carnival”, which is a blend of Cookie Crisp, cookie dough, and Oreos. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar will be open on July 18th from 1 PM – 10 PM.
Milk Sugar Love
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One final ice cream shop to close out the list is Milk Sugar Love. Milk Sugar Love has two locations in Jersey City - one near Hamilton Park, the other in the Heights. Milk Sugar Love is proud to be voted one of the top 3 best ice cream shops by NJ.com and the recognition is totally deserved. Organic, high-quality ice cream made weekly is what keeps happy customers returning for more. The chef and owner, Emma Taylor, is also committed to sustainability, and you’ll see that reflected in the menu choices. Two recent popular flavors include sour cream babka and fruity pebble macaron. Past flavors include maple bacon toffee, guava cream cheese, and caramel flan custard. The Hamilton Park location will be open on July 18th from 11 AM – 10 PM. The JC Heights location will be open on July 18th from 2 pm – 10pm.