34A Broadway, Denville; 973-627-4214
This Morris County fave—in business for more than 50 years— dishes out soft serve, sherbet and Italian ices, but is best known for its endless flavors of homemade hard ice cream that change with the seasons. (Plus, you won’t want to miss watermelon sherbet in the summer, either). The cakes here are not to be missed, especially the seasonal pumpkin and candy cane varieties.
380 Rte. 22, Whitehouse Station; 908-534-4401
Don’t think twice about the super long line—the homemade ice cream goodness here is scooped at lightning speed. Try soft serve dipped in a chocolate or peanut butter shell, a crowd favorite and reasonably priced to boot. Hard flavors are in constant rotation, so you never have to get the same thing twice. Pro tip: It’s cash only, so stop at the ATM before you go!
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