Our hearts are melting over the news that ice cream season is back, which means we’re that much closer to the warm weather. From vegan flavors to the most decadent creations this side of NJ, Bergen County is home to delicious ice cream shops to please every taste, and taste bud. Here are some of the most tasty and creative, creamy cones, so be sure to head over to one lickety split!
Sprinklez Customizable ice cream sammies, handmade rainbow dipped cones, and a “Big Mama” shake are just some of the menu items that set this ice cream spot apart from the rest. Sprinklez offers 10 flavors of vegan ice cream, with many of the vegan and classic flavors changing throughout the season so there’s always reason to go back for more. Plus, they've introduced delicious bubble waffles to the mix. (130 Broadway, Hillsdale)
Uncle Louie G With more than 30 ice cream flavors to choose from including kid-pleasers such as cookie monster, Swedish fish and nutella, as well as a variety of Italian ice options from chocolate mousse to passionfruit, plus shakes and sundaes, Uncle Louie G is serving up sugary smiles for every liking. (96 E Main Street, Ramsey; 111 West Pleasant Ave., Maywood; 135 Park Ave., Park Ridge)
Ice Cream by Mike Mike’s artisanal crafted flavors are served by the pint or cup (no cones right now) with single, double or triple scooped sizes. The shop uses the finest ingredients for their pure, creamy flavors, which include vanilla health and pomegranate or vegan options such a chocolate and coconut. (305 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood)
BrainFreeze Cones, cups, shakes and cakes with hard and soft serve flavors such as Oreo cookie and banana cream pie are served up at BrainFreeze. Tons of toppings are available including brownie bites, snickers and wet walnuts as well as novelty ice cream choices such as Spumoni and Tartufo. The best part? Pick up service, delivery and drive thru available to make it even easier to consume. (370 River Rd., New Milford)
Ice Cream Charlie's The latest and most innovative flavors change up fast, so your delish treat is always a sweet surprise. New concoctions include thunder and lightning, rainbow layer cookie, and fruity pebbles, with cakes and fun desserts available too, making all of your creamy childhood dessert dreams come true. (200 Park Ave., Rutherford)
Ernie's Ice Cream Whether you’re a hard ice cream fan or a soft-served gal, Ernie’s has something for everyone. Adventurous ice creamers will love the hard serve Ernielicious flavors such as campfire s’mores, cinnamon granola crunch and sea salt caramel truffle, or creative soft serve flavors such as key lime pie, German chocolate cake and root beer. Dairy-free options are available too, plus cookie dough and sundaes. (78 Franklin Tpke., Mahwah)
Stack Creamery No two ice cream sandwiches are the same at Stack Creamery. The way it works: pick your cookie from 10 flavors including birthday cake and snickerdoodle (can't decide? mix and match!); pick your filler from ice cream flavors including Matcha green tea and cotton candy; choose your topping. Regular ice cream and donut ice cream sandwiches also make an appearance on the too-good-to-be-true menu. (287 Westwood Ave., Westwood)
Conrad’s Confectionery There are certain dessert spots that are always reliably there for us, and Conrad’s is no exception. Aside from their classic cups and cones, Conrad’s offers Homemade Bars in flavors such as chocolate custard and cookies, peanut butter and guava. Ice cream sandwiches, ice cream pies and plenty of toppings keep this old-time spot fresh. (107 Westwood Ave., Westwood, now open)
Cranberry Junction Ice Cream While we love the smooth and creamy flavors from Rocky Road to Cherry Vanilla, the Gellato and crazy shakes take this ice cream spot to the next level. Gellato flavors include Espresso Chip and Chocolate & Nutella, while the dreamy shakes come in a variety of flavors topped with plenty of candy – perfect for sharing. (19 Temple Ave., Hackensack)
Van Dyk’s Ice Cream This no-frills ice cream shop is anything but basic, with new homemade flavors added regularly. While any choice is a good one, some highlights include salted caramel truffle, cappucino Oreo and cherry vanilla. Van Dyk’s can get busy but is worth the wait. (145 Ackerman Ave., Ridgewood)
Van Leeuwen at American Dream This NYC transplant at American Dream, is not just good, it’s good for you. Van Leeuwen uses simple, choice ingredients to create classic flavors including mocha cookie crumble and pistachio, as well as vegan flavors including peanut butter brownie honeycomb and brownie sundae raspberry swirl. (1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, Court A Level 2)
Francy’s Artisanal Ice Cream This small batch (versus mass-produced) ice cream shop was a much-welcomed addition to Bergenfield this year. Find unique, delicious (and quite beautiful!) flavors, such as the newbies including honey blueberry lavendar and hanami, brown butter pecan, an avocado milkshakes, as well as a rotating list of regularly introduced flavors. (461 S. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield)
Daniela’s Ice Cream Natural, fresh ingredients are the name of the game at this family-owned spot in Closter. Find gluten-free and vegan options, such as their new flavor vegan coffee oreo, plus their standard flavors and unique offerings including birthday cake, tiramisu, lemon poppyseed and thai tea. Their frequently-changing offerings will keep you coming back for more. (234 Closter Dock Rd., Closter)
Blendid Rolled Ice Cream Looking for something a little different for your creamy consumption? Recently opened Blendid Rolled Ice Cream brings the trendy, styled ice cream to Hackensack. Ice cream is flattened and rolled into tubes, then topped off with their delish extras. Choose from their signature flavors such as banana puddin, cinnamon swirl, cookie monster and s'mores, among others.
Cherry on Top Ice Cream Shop On its way to Harrington Park, this pop-up shop is bringing 16 flavors of Nasto's Old World Premium Ice Cream to a special set-up next to Raw Oyster Bar & Italian Kitchen. Look out for this sweet surprise starting in June through early fall.