Where to Find the Best Desserts in New Jersey

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The most iconic dessert in New Jersey is officially the blueberry pie, which is fitting given its ranking as one of the top ten blueberry producers in the country. More specifically, the town of Hammonton is considered the blueberry capital of the world, so it makes sense this fruit-centered treat would take first place. However, if you’re on the hunt for something more unique than a traditional pastry, we’ve rounded up 25 mouth-watering options for the champion sweet tooth. Read on to see if you’re able to finish the article before texting a friend and heading out the door to tackle one of these scrumptious sweets.

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Wukong Sundae at Cafe Archetypus {266 Old River Road, Edgewater}

Coming out of the gate strong, the Wukong Sundae has a base of warm brownies, topped with chocolate and banana ice cream, smothered in hot fudge, with a sprinkling of marshmallows and nuts on top. The banana ice cream makes for a fun twist and sets this sundae apart from the rest. The cafe itself is known for its cave-like vibe and cozy ambiance.

Fresh Cream Fudge at Douglass Fudge {3300 Boardwalk, Wildwood}

Douglass Fudge has been home to some of the best homemade fudge in the state since it opened in 1925. Known for its especially smooth recipe, each bite has a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Guests can have their pick of 20 different flavors which are also available for online orders.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Montclair Bread Company {113 Walnut Street, Montclair}

Just a quick trip away from Hoboken sits the adorable Montclair Bread Company, home of the maple bacon doughnut. We feel pretty confident that any food item could come after “maple bacon” and we would still love it. But a doughnut? Yes, please. The shop is currently open Wednesday to Sunday and only taking advanced orders, so plan accordingly.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake at Crowley Cupcakes {7 Waverly Place, Madison}

Forget the struggle of choosing between desserts, choose this one. A cinnamon-sugar cupcake dipped in butter and covered with cinnamon sugar, filled and topped with cinnamon-infused cream cheese, and topped with an entire snickerdoodle cookie on top. And yes, both are equally tasty. The shop has an array of amazing flavors but the snickerdoodle cupcake is a fan favorite.

Monkeys Choice Crepe at Ce La Vi Cafe {16 Monmouth Street, Red Bank}

Imagine sliced banana nestled in Nutella and peanut butter sauce, sprinkled with crushed walnuts, wrapped in a freshly-made crepe. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, this locale’s current limited menu also offers crepes stuffed with apple pie, cheesecake, or s’ mores.

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Italian Pastries at Palazzone 1960 {190 Route 23 South, Wayne}

If you’re craving an authentic Italian dessert, reviewers say this is as close as it gets without actually traveling. The sfogliatella filled with ricotta cheese and dried orange, bombolone filled with custard cream or Nutella, and cannoli filled with ricotta and chocolate chips will all transport your taste buds to underneath Tuscan skies.

Ariana Doughnut at Broad Street Dough Co. {177 Elton Adelphia Road, Freehold}

Take the classic Italian rainbow cookie and turn it into a doughnut. Voila! You have the Ariana doughnut The vanilla donut is brightly colored to be pink, white, and green with a layer of chocolate ganache between the three airy layers. The entire donut is then pumped full of Nutella and dusted in powdered sugar.

Topzels at The Candy Jar by 1892 {144 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown}

Pretzels on their own would be an underwhelming snack but at The Candy Bar chocolate makes the world go ‘round. Freshly dipped chocolate-covered pretzels are embellished with fan-favorite candy toppings like mini M&Ms, shredded coconut, or crushed chocolate cookies. These topzels are a sweet-and-salty lover’s dream.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Crazy Shake at Benny’s Bakery + Ice Cream Shoppe {11-04 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn }

This is no ordinary strawberry shake. In addition to a fresh and creamy strawberry blend, topped with a mountain of whipped cream, the large soda glass is encrusted with chocolate cookie pieces. Chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry chunks are nestled in the whipped cream and drizzled with a topping of strawberry and chocolate syrup.

Octopus Sundae at Hoffman’s Ice Cream {569 Church Street, Spring Lake}

Thankfully, the only connection between the eight-armed sea creature and this dessert is the number. The Octopus Sundae consists of eight different flavors of ice cream with eight different toppings and a whipped cream octopus to top it all off. If you can single-handedly finish it in under eight minutes you get a t-shirt and your picture on the wall {and probably a huge brain freeze}. The eight flavors are chosen from a selection of 40 different homemade flavors.

Red Velvet Fried Oreos at The Committed Pig {339 Springfield Avenue, Summit}

Oreo lovers, unite. As if the classic black and white sandwich cookie couldn’t get any better, chefs at The Committed Pig decided to add this fair-inspired treat to the menu. Not only are these Oreos fried but the traditional batter has been swapped out for a red velvet cake batter. These fried morsels make for the perfect sweet ending to any night out.

See More: All About The Cookie Cake Co. in Jersey City

Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwich at Luigi’s Ice Cream {60 Broad Street, Red Bank}

It’s the combination of doughnuts and ice cream with topping options that make this dessert sounds like a nine-year-old had free reign of the dessert list. Toppings include Fruity Pebbles, Oreo crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, rainbow sprinkles, walnuts, Fruit Loops, and chocolate chips. A childhood dessert dream come true, indeed.

Funnel Cake Fries at Frank Anthony’s Gourmet Italian Bakery {667 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona}

No need to deal with the hustle and bustle of the fair for a tasty fried treat. The funnel cake fries at Frank Anthony’s are an innovative take on the classic carnival treat. Funnel cake fries come in an impressive arrangement topped with ice cream, powdered sugar, and chocolate sauce. 

Dessert Pizza at Brother Bruno’s Pizza {200 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne}

No list of New Jersey food is complete without pizza — enter the dessert pizza. Enjoy eight slices of dessert heaven when you choose up to four of the 29 different combinations like Samoa Girl Scout Cookie, Fruity Pebbles, Apple Crumb, and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. Featuring nut-free frosting, peanut butter sauce, and a Nutella base options there is something for every sweet tooth on this menu.

Insane Shakes at Brownstone Pancake Factory {860 River Road, Edgewater + 717 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliffs}

There are no bad choices at Brownstone Pancake Factory, conveniently located in both Edgewater and Englewood Cliffs. Every dish and dessert is sure to blow you away, and the Insane Shakes are no exception. Changing it up with seasonal shakes guests can enjoy the Apple Pie a La Mode Shake this fall. The shake is topped with an entire slice of homemade apple pie and a scoop of ice cream. The large tumbler is encrusted with nuts and crushed graham crackers and the entire thing is drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with nuts. Cheat day is every day at Brownstone Pancake Factory.

Bread Pudding at Antique Bar + Bakery {122 Willow Avenue, Hoboken}

There’s bread pudding — and then there’s bread pudding at Antique Bar + Bakery. This vintage spot in Hoboken serves a lightly seasoned bread pudding that is piled high and toasted, creating the perfect combination of soft and crunchy. To top it all off, the tasty treat is smothered in a warm homemade sauce.

Cannoli Doughnut at Glaze Doughnuts {2151 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee}

Cooked in small batches throughout the day, patrons at Glaze Doughnuts are guaranteed a fresh, hand-crafted artisan doughnut all day long. The cannoli doughnut brings two classic desserts together making for a ricotta-filled pastry daydream.

Ice Cream at Nasto’s Ice Cream Co. {236 Jefferson Street, Newark}

The dessert menu at Nasto’s reads like one you would find in a small shop in Italy. Old world sweets like spumoni, tortoni, reginetta, and Tartufo are also on the list but Nasto’s is best known for its ice cream. Smooth, creamy, and full of flavor this shop would make a great addition to any ice cream crawl.

Banana Pudding at #Baonanas {210 Hudson Street, Jersey City + 181 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City}

Light, fluffy, and the mousse-like banana pudding has taken on the cutest twist at #baonanas with their baby bear mascot, Bao. This shop has taken banana pudding to the next level with exciting twists on the original. The menu includes options like cream n’ cookies, ubenanas, strawberry baonanas, honey cornbread, Nutella-walnut, and french toast.

Read More: 7 Spots to Eat Delicious Pie In + Around Hudson County

Cookies at Bang Cookies {128 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

Soft baked, organic + natural cookies, these delicious giants are a cookie lover’s dream. Bang Cookies offers classics like peanut butter chocolate chunk, deluxe twists like a cookie covered strawberry jam, along with a few boozy options like cinnamon whiskey crackle and bourbon kitchen sink. These are the kinds of cookies you see broken in half and posted on Instagram. Yeah, those cookies. 

Ice Cream at Torico Ice Cream {20 Erie Street, Jersey City}

Serving happiness since 1963, that’s exactly what customers will find at Torico. With 40 different flavors like pound cake, black sesame, coconut + cream, chunky cherry, and coffee cookies this ice cream spot has something for every taste. Sample a few flavors and attempt to choose a favorite, all while making a mental note to come back for more.

Mackinac Island Fudge at Kilwins {16 Witherspoon, Princeton}

Using recipes developed by the original owners, Don + Katy Kilwin, the Mackinac Island Fudge at Kilwins is worth the stop in Princeton. Chocolate is the reigning best seller but the signature Turtle Fudge and four other flavors are equally smooth and creamy.

Cannoli at Carlo’s Bakery {95 Washington Street, Hoboken}

Originally owned by Carlo Guastaferro, Buddy Valastro Sr. bought Carlo’s Bakery on Adams Street in 1963. The shop was relocated to the present-day location on Washington Street with the hopes it would become a household name in Hoboken. Now owned by Buddy Jr., star of the reality show Cake Boss, everything in the shop is created with precision and the cannoli is no exception. The crisp pastry is filled with a smooth, sweet filling and dusted with sugar. An Italian classic, done right.

Ice-box cookies at Monteleone Bakery {741 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

This old school bakery in Jersey City is a local gem. Serving classic treats like lobster tail and cannoli, the ice-box cookies are where Monteleone really shines. These molded cookies are delightfully crisp and delicious and make for the perfect not-too-sweet treat.

Snowboken at Dino + Harry’s {163 14th Street, Hoboken}

Enjoy this inventive take on a sundae at Dino + Harry’s with classic vanilla ice cream, crumbled Oreo cookie, marshmallow creme, and shaved coconut. All served in an old-fashioned sundae glass, this treat is a great palate cleanser after a delicious steak dinner.

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.