Is it just me, or do milkshakes seem to make everything better, if only for a bit? There’s something about sipping on the sweet, sugary treat – you can’t help but smile. Lucky for New Jerseyans, we’ve got plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the dessert staple and some are sure to blow your mind.
1. Coney Waffle - 803 Ocean Avenue, Belmar
Topped with almost any treat imaginable, Sideshow Shakes are made to be shared. The insane, gravity-defying milkshakes are filled to the brim with everything from brownies to cotton candy and are elaborately crafted to appeal to all your senses. A visual treat, just wait until you take a sip. Open year-round, this is a great date spot - bond while you binge. There are special shakes for Valentine's Day and if you're feeling a bit chilly, the hot cocoa is almost as epic as the shakes. A new location is set to open soon in Long Branch.
2. Milk Sugar Love Creamery & Bakeshop - 19 McWilliams Place, Jersey City
If you live in the area, meet your new favorite obsession. Though not best known for their milkshakes, the ice cream that goes in to them is top notch. The organic creamery offers 12 rotating flavors daily including 4 staples - Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Classic Chocolate and Lemon Olive Oil. These milkshakes are fresh, flavorful and locally sourced. The baked goods are also incredible and the ice cream sandwiches are creative delights.
3. Magnifico's - 500 State Route 18, East Brunswick
This counter serve spot serves up mouthwatering milkshakes and spectacular soft serve. In business for over 30 years they offer unique flavors, treats like ice cream filled cannoli AND they were recently voted best ice cream in Central New Jersey. While they're closed for much of the winter, they will be reopening again shortly.
4. Brownstone Pancake Factory - 860 River Road, Edgewater
While the pancakes are amazing, you'd be missing out if you only came here for breakfast. It's hard not to fall in love with their Ultimate Milkshakes, in a variety of flavors. Pictured is a custom creation for Valentine's Day - somebody help, I think I've been struck by Cupid's arrow. And by help, I mean - help me get here ASAP. I want one of these milkshakes right now. Does true love wait? We shall see.
5. White Dotte Dairy Bar - 2345 Route 206, Southampton
A full service ice cream parlor and grille, White Dotte is a local favorite. They've got a sizable selection of milkshakes including thick and malted options. Flavors include Creamsicle, Chunky Monkey, Rocky Road and S'mores.
6. Ice Cream Charlies - 200 Park Avenue, Rutherford
This classic ice cream shop serves up great shakes in a friendly atmosphere. A true mom and pop shop, they offer homemade goods including yogurt and Italian Ice.
7. Benny's Ice Cream Shop - 11-04 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn
The iconic Benny's Luncheonette has an adjacent ice cream shop with some of the most incredible shakes you can imagine. The CraZzy shakes are pretty spectacular, but nothing beats the Fishbowl Challenge. With shakes like Nutella 4 Ever and Kandy Land, you know this place is going to be a treat.
8. The Pop Shop - 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood & 1 S Main Street, Medford
You never know what creative concoctions will pop up at the Pop Shop. A retro-style soda fountain, every flavor is a treat. You'll find unique delights including Double Bubble and a Cherry Coke Shake - strange, but so delicious.
Any of these shops are perfect for a casual Valentine’s date. For something more romantic, try one of these New Jersey