The Best Ice Cream Shops at the Jersey Shore

This week, we’re highlighting the best restaurants, quick bites and tasty treats from LBI to Cape May as we give you a taste of our Best Shore Eats package in Philly Mag’s June issue, on newsstands this week. We’ve already told you about the best takeout and delivery options. And yesterday, we spilled the beans on our eight favorite doughnut shops up and down the Shore.

Now it’s time for what is sure to be one of the most hotly debated topics in our Shore Eats series: the best ice cream shops in your favorite Shore towns. From custard and soft-serve to hard-scoops and milkshakes, our top picks for ice cream shops at the Jersey shore are below. Feel free to tell us your favorites in the comments.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Celebrates Birthday with FedNuts

fednuts big gay ice cream 400Big Gay Ice Cream is celebrating its first birthday in Philadelphia with a special collaboration sundae with Federal Donuts. The sundae includes horchata soft-serve ice cream with cinnamon donuts. The sundae will be available Friday, May 6th through Sunday, May 8th at the Broad and South location of Big Gay Ice Cream.

If you’re going to take on this Big Gay behemoth, share it with a friend, or at least skip the box of lard.

Big Gay Ice Cream [Foobooz]


This Sunday: Nitro Ice Cream Floats at Rival Bros.

rival-weckerly-nitro-float-400This Sunday, September 6th, Rival Bros. Coffee is teaming up with Weckerly’s Ice Cream to create a Nitro Float, a coffee-infused take on the ice cream float.

The Nitro Float takes Weckerly’s Caramel Corn, Honey Plum or classic vanilla bean ice cream and pours Rival Bros’ nitro coffee overtop.

The floats are $5 each and available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rival’s nitro coffee is a cold brew of their Whistle & Cuss blend that is treated with nitrogen under high pressure, then chilled in a keg and served on draught with a cascading head and body, much like a stout beer.

Rival Bros. Coffee [Foobooz]

Six Best Frozen Sweets to Eat Right Now

MO-Big-Gay-Ice-Cream-Courtney-AppleBest Soft-Serve in Philly

Big Gay Ice Cream
It’s all delicious, though the Salty Pimp, with dulce de leche and sea salt, is the one people talk about — as they should. 521 South Broad Street, Bella Vista, 267-886-8024.

Best Ice Cream Sundae in Philadelphia

Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption. 116 Market Street, Old City, 215-627-1899.

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Where Is the Best Vegan Ice Cream in Philly?



On a very, very hot week last summer, we provided you guys with a rundown of eight places to get your hands on a scoop of vegan ice cream around Philly, and you guys went bananas. And a few of you chimed in with your favorite picks around town, too! So this year, on this muggy, perfect-for-ice-cream day, we figured we’d ask you, trusty Be Well Philly readers: Where can a gal or guy grab the hands-down best scoop of vegan ice cream in the Philly area?

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Kermit’s Bake Shoppe Starts Serving Soft-Serve

kermits-soft-serve-graphic-940Kermit’s Bake Shoppe has a new summer options for you sweet tooths. The bakery at 22nd and Washington is now serving soft serve ice cream. The vanilla and chocolate ice cream is available by cone or cup and can be jazzed up in a number of ways. Add “cakey stuff” made right at Kermit’s, or go with sticky things like hot fudge or salted caramel “goo.” Other choices include crunchies like fruity pebbles and granola, plus fresh fruit or a berry blend “Cooli-o.”

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The Checkup: The Six Worst Treats to Get at an Ice Cream Truck



• There is no sweeter sound than the ringing of an ice cream truck, right? But just how sweet some of the sweet treats on those trucks really are will make you gag: A simple ice cream sandwich can run you a whopping 500 calories and 40 grams of sugar. Here, what to steer clear of and what to get the next time the ice cream truck makes its way to your block. [Eat Clean] Read more »

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