• Ample Hills Creamery’s First NJ Shop Opens Friday {and It’s in Jersey City}

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    Calling all ice cream aficionados! Ample Hills is opening their first New Jersey storefront this Friday, November 3rd at 12PM in Jersey City. Take a play out of our book and plan on having ice cream for dinner, as the first 100 customers will receive a FREE ice cream cone of their choice. We reported about this last week, but now it’s officially time to take a peek inside. Here’s a bit more about Ample Hills’ new Jersey City ice cream parlor:

    Photo: Liz Clayman

    Located at 200 Greene St., the Jersey City menu will include classics such as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake made with creamy vanilla ice cream and hunks of St. Louis-style Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, The Munchies featuring pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms and an exclusive Jersey City flavor, The Golden Door, featuring Cannoli Filling Infused Ice Cream, Irish Whiskey Cake Pieces, and a German Streusel Crumble. HG had a chance to stop by Ample Hills so we could provide you with the whole “scoop” before their opening.

    Ample Hills evens has an ice-cream churning bicycle for those of you who want to work for your dessert. Photo: Liz Clayman

    Ample Hills Creamery was founded by husband and wife duo Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna in 2011. The first-time entrepreneurs {and first-time parents} were terrified no one would show up to the opening day at their first storefront in Brooklyn. Clearly their fears were unfounded as they have since expanded to eight locations in New York City and California. Ample Hills has been featured in The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Oprah Magazine, and more. While the ice cream shop is definitely becoming a household name, their stores still have the feel of a local creamery, regardless of the number of them. Smith and Cuscana choose locations where their storefront can become a gathering place for family, friends, and community members.

    Photo: Liz Clayman

    While the science behind their ice cream is a trade secret, Ample Hills is transparent when it comes to the ingredients in their products. Hormone-free milk and cream from grass fed cows is combined with organic sugar cane to form the ice cream bases, and since Ample Hills is registered as a dairy plant, all pasteurization occurs onsite. Flavor infusions such as pretzel or marshmallow are added to the ice cream base along with homemade mix-ins. Like the ice cream, all mix-ins are made from scratch, from the peppermint patties to the honeycomb candy. Yassssss.

    Photo: Liz Clayman

    And as if the ice cream wasn’t enough to bring you in, the shop itself will have a custom mural featuring the story of Ample Hills traveling from Brooklyn to Jersey City truly signifying their mission to be a part of the local community. The shop will also have a birthday party room, ice cream-churning stationary bicycles, and seating for patrons.

    Mural painted by Ample Hills Creative Director, Lauren Kaelin, depicting the shops journey rom Brooklyn to JC. Photo: Liz Clayman

    Have you visited one of Ample Hills other locations? If so share your favorite flavor!


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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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