New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

As we near three months of pandemic containment, we can see that the world is slowly opening back up. 

While we still don’t know when we’ll have indoor seating, New Jersey couples and singles can approach restaurant’s open windows and walk away with a tasty treat. Of course, most New Jersians with a sweet tooth know exactly what this means: ice cream! 

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Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night that takes window shopping to delicious level!

Love in your Tummy

When you walk away from the window at Yummy you’ll know exactly why its name is spot-on. Located in Garwood, this ice cream shop offers unique frozen treats and tasty beverages. 

Your thirst for freedom will be quenched by their pitaya lemonade (infused with pick dragon fruit) or their Holy Matcha (a double espresso, milk and matcha green tea). If a shake is more your speed, check out the Samoa Cookie Shake made with Girl Scout cookies. 

You and your date will have lots of choices for blended ice cream, including the Yabba Dabba Doo with Fruity Pebbles and the Sangria Summerfruit.

For more information on Yummy, visit www.blendedtreats.com.

Handmade Happiness

Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream in Mount Holly has a lot happening on his side of the open window. If your guess is making ice cream from scratch, you’d be right! 

With delicious flavors like chocolate peanut butter cup, banana surprise and apple pie, all you’ll need is to choose a cone or a cup.  Don’t miss the soft serve in vanilla and chocolate. Be sure to check out Vincent’s homemade water ices, including root beer, sour apple and Bada Bing Cherry.

For more information about Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream, visit their Facebook page.

Keeping it Healthy … Forever

The Beetles sang a song about strawberry fields and you’ll hit a high note when you and your date visit Strawberry Fields Frozen Yogurt

Located in Morristown, you’ll find the choices are immense and only outnumbered by the choices of toppings. The 15 frozen yogurt flavors include classic chocolate, cookies and cream, blueberry acai and green apple. 

Their 26 toppings range from flax seed to blueberries — you really can’t go wrong in creating your own made-to-order frozen treat!

For more information on Strawberry Fields Frozen Yogurt, visit www.strawberryfieldsfroyo.com.

Auntie Knows Best

Aunt Betty’s Ice Cream Shack, with two locations in Ocean City, is on the ready to serve up some homemade ice cream treats sure to knock your socks off.  Each specialty dessert features three generous scoops of ice cream, lots of toppings, freshly whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Try the Ocean Breeze (mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge, marshmallow topping and crushed Oreos) and the Hunter’s Hunka Chunka Chocolate (a super-sized home-baked chocolate chunk cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge). And nothing says classic date night more than a  banana split.

For more information on Aunt Betty’s Ice Cream Shack, visit www.auntbettysicecreamshack.com.

When One Window Opens

When it comes to living a post stay-at-home life, we’re not all the way back to normal but we can see that the end is within reach. The window with the view of the last three months is closing and in doing so we’re discovering that with each step forward we take, the bad was an only for now moment. The direction we’re facing leads to a destination sure to be better than where we’ve been. 

Same thing can be said about those experiencing the end of a relationship.  The aftermath of a breakup is murky at best, painful at worst but with each step forward we discover better days leading to a brighter future. 

The key to surviving both is to keep up the faith, keep walking forward and when you see the open window be sure to take advantage of what’s on the other side.

Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit www.CraigRogers.nyc.

What’s your idea for a great New Jersey Date? Tell Craig all about it at crogersnyc@gmail.com.

 

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