June 18, 2011

HB Sweets: Ice Cream, Fudge, Taffy and more on the Jersey Shore

For most people the Jersey Shore means bad hair and bad decisions, but I tend to look on the brighter side of things and focus on the sunbathing, the ocean, and the sweets!  My weekend trip to Ocean City, NJ surrounded me with a host of goodies to choose from. I must admit, the food of my Jersey shore childhood hasn’t evolved much over the years, but that's fine with me. Classic boardwalk favorites, that still taste delicious, include orange and vanilla frozen custard twists from the Kohr Bros' custard stand and freshly popped Johnson’s popcorn. Some of the newer popular items include chocolate covered oreos, chocolate covered bacon, and fried candy bars and oreos  (not quite as light, but definitely tasty).  

Based on my survey of all the candy and ice cream shops in Ocean City (within walking distance of where I was staying), I found Laura’s Fudge and Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy and Fudge to be the most appealing.  The candy and fudge displays at Shriver’s are colorful and playful, and you can watch the taffy actually being made at the back of the store. Laura’s also offers a great selection of chocolates and taffy, including the Ultimate Oreo- a double stuffed oreo dipped in chocolate and caramel. Yum!

Another fun spot just off the boardwalk on 21st Street is Aunt Betty’s Ice Cream Shack which has a cool design concept, outdoor setting, and a large variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, and sundaes.  Although summer is still officially a few days away, I really enjoyed my time sampling these classic and novelty summer treats. 

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