Top Places to Enjoy Delicious Shaved Ice in New Jersey
Looking for the best places to enjoy refreshing shaved ice or Italian ice in New Jersey? Read on for a rundown of some of the top spots in the state to get your fix of these summery treats.
When it's hot and steamy, cravings for frosty treats are bound to kick in. And if you're looking for something a little different than your go-to ice cream shop, try indulging in shaved ice. That is, if you can pick from all the fun flavors and styles! Some shops specialize in snowy, melt-in-your-mouth Hawaiian or New Orleans shaved ice, while others feature international styles. And, of course, who doesn't love shaved ice's creamy cousin, Italian ice? Here are a bunch of places around NJ where you can score one of these frosty treats.
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Where to Get Shaved Iced in NJ
Pelican's SnoBalls – Mount Laurel, Surf City
Head to Pelican's if you're in the mood for fluffy New Orleans-style shaved ice with bold flavors. You'll have over 100 fantastic flavors to choose from, whether you're in the mood for an old fave like blueberry, strawberry lemonade, or wild cherry, or something more daring like dill pickle or carrot cake. Ask about dye-free or sugar free-varieties, too. And if you want an extra-sweet touch, add some delectable cream to any flavor.
Sunshine Ice – Weehawken
Tawaiianese-inspired shaved ice is the name of the game at Sunshine Ice. These fluffy, light, and smooth concoctions layer up flavored ice with real fruit and milk. Each bite melts in your mouth like cotton candy. Try yummy slushy flavors like mango, blueberry, matcha, chocolate, and strawberry. There are also dairy-free fruit slushes, bubble tea, and other delicious treats.
Go for a giant Hawaiian shaved ice at Betty's Icebox.
Betty's Icebox – Asbury Park
Head to Betty's for delightful Hawaiian shaved ice in lots of traditional and specialty flavors (plus shaved ice sundaes!). Betty's shaved ice starts out as huge, 10-pound blocks that the team quarters and spins on the shavers for a one-of-a-kind treat. Or, indulge in gourmet ice pops, vegan soft serve, and other delectable treats.
D’ice – Long Branch
This eatery offers tons of dessert options, including raspados, a.k.a. Mexican-style shaved ice. Try fruity flavors like mango, watermelon, coconut, tamarind, strawberry, or a flavor of the week. Add condensed milk for a creamy twist.
Bubble in Paradise – Denville
This Asian cafe serves up bubble teas, smoothies, and some incredible shaved ice sundaes topped with fruit, drizzles, or other sweet treats. Choose from flavors like mango, strawberry, matcha, sweet milk, and taro.
Where to Get Italian Ice in NJ
DiCosmo's Italian Ice – Elizabeth, Metuchen
At DiCosmo's, handcrafting authentic, artisan Italian ice is a family tradition. Made daily in small batches, these creamy, fruity ices are truly a treat. Try traditional flavors like lemon, orange, coconut, mango, pineapple, and more. Or, go for unique daily specials like chai coconut, chocolate strawberry, and orange hibiscus.
Ralph's Famous Italian Ice – Various locations
Generations of Staten Islanders have enjoyed Ralph's ices, and the famous ice maker has branched out with 10 locations in NJ with ices that are still as good as you remember. With flavors like cherry, passion fruit, citrus twister, berry burst, and rainbow, you'll definitely be coming back for more.
Clyde's Homemade Italian Ice and Ice Cream serves up some seriously incredible flavors!
Clyde's Homemade Italian Ice and Ice Cream – Garfield
Clyde's has been making these frozen treats for decades, and it shows. A favorite spot of locals, Clyde's offers about a dozen different homemade Italian ices daily, with flavors like green apple, lemon, cherry, and watermelon. Some flavors are sugar-free.
Strollo's Lighthouse – Various locations
Strollo's started off in Long Brand, and the store's secret Italian ice recipes have been passed on as the shop expanded around New Jersey. Whichever location you visit, treat your family to old favorites like grape and cherry, or try a little something different. Peanut butter, Oreo, and cappuccino are among the options.
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