It may be the season of shorts, tank tops, and yes bathing suits, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our favorite Jersey Shore desserts once in a while! We’re not advocating eating all of these at the same time, just at least once this summer!
In two counties where there’s a big hunking melting pot (of chocolate) – actually I was going to say cultures – we really hit a ton of flavor notes. From French petit fours to Peruvian quinoa flan, and yes even the classic American doughnut (just revved up a bit), this list of the best Jersey Shore desserts is super sweet.
Top 20 Jersey Shore Desserts
listed alphabetically by dessert
Blueberry Scone – The Scone Pony, Spring Lake
With a name like The Scone Pony, what do you think we’re going to suggest that you order here? Yea, the scones. Try out the warm Blueberry Scone. A traditional classic that meets all of the major points of contention for a delicious scone. A crisp outer crust, lots of butter, and a fluffy inside. This scone is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.
Cannoli’s – La Scala Italian Bakery Shop, Toms River
Everyone has an Italian bakery that’s their “go to” when it comes to classic Italian desserts, but no one does the cannoli quite as well as La Scala Italian Bakery Shop in Toms River. Their cannolis are Italian perfection. Bring a box of these the next time you’re invited somewhere and you’ll definitely get an invitation back!
Patrizia’s, Red Bank
This Jersey Shore dessert is so good looking, you (almost) feel bad digging in. The Caramel Cone Cannoli from Patrizia’s in Red Bank is a piece of edible artwork. Traditional whipped cream cheese cannoli filling rests inside a lacy, tuile cookie that’s made crispy by letting it take a very sweet honey and caramel bath. It’s the supreme cannoli of Jersey Shore desserts. Make sure you wash it down with their cappuccino, which is one of the best around!
Chocolate Bombe – The Bistro, Red Bank
The Bistro’s Chocolate Bombe is quite literally “the bomb.” It’s chocolate, upon chocolate, and yes even more chocolate. This Jersey Shore dessert may have more chocolate than all these other desserts combined. Do we really need to explain any further?
Cookie Butter Crepe – Whipped Creperie, Red Bank
Whipped offers up the areas largest selection of sweet and savory that are made crepes made to order. Sit down and order a cappuccino along with our favorite, the cookie butter crepe and be prepared to enter cookie butter bliss! It’s a sweet, taste of perfection!
Dark & Milk Chocolate Candies – Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, Middletown
When you’re in the mood for just a few sweet bites, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is the place to go. Featuring chocolate that is tempered on site, they cover pretzels, caramels, or pretty much anything with the best chocolate around! Their chocolates, aka little nuggets of joy, are so darn good you might not be able to stop at just one.
Don’t Be Cruel Cupcake – Confections of a Rock$tar, Asbury Park
Yes, there’s something sinfully delightful about combining two ingredients that in your mind would never work, but in your stomach it’s quite delicious. Confections of a Rock$tar puts their own twist on this not so classic duo with their Don’t Be Cruel cupcake. Bite into a banana cake cupcake, topped with peanut butter frosting and yes, honey-dipped bacon. Is it breakfast or dessert? We’re not sure and we don’t care.
Pain au Chocolat – Antoinette Boulangerie, Red Bank
The French definitely know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to flaky crust and chocolate. At Antoinette Boulangerie they have perfected the Pain au Chocolate. This sweet roll is flawless. From it’s round shape to the mouthful of melted chocolate you get after one bite. Tout simplement magnifique!
Pecan Sticky Buns – Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands
When making a trip to The Flaky Tart in Atlantic Highlands, no visit is complete without one of their pecan sticky buns! Put simply, it’s the best sticky bun you’ll ever eat!
Queen B. Caramel Doughnut- Broad St. Dough Co., Oakhurst
When Broad St. Dough Co. opened we fell in love with their freshly packed donuts stuffed or topped with out of this world toppings from chocolate to pretzels and if you’re lucky even more chocolate. Our pick (which was ridiculously hard to do) is the Queen B. Caramel stuffed with Bavarian cream, black raspberry preserves, and then sprinkled with sea salt. It’s majestic and completely ok to have it for breakfast.
Ring Ding for Two – Blend on Main, Manasquan
Childhood conjures up so many delicious memories of afternoons spent eating a sweet snack with our friends. One of those may have been a Ring Ding. At least it must have been for Pastry Chef Tea Evans of Blend On Main. A decadent play on a childhood favorite, the Ring Ding for Two dessert features creamy peanut butter mousse in a devil’s food cake covered with Belgian chocolate and topped with crispy phyllo and fresh berries. It does say for two, but we won’t judge you if you don’t want to share.
S’mores Cake Pops – Lil Cutie Pops, Red Bank
As a kid, making s’mores around the fire was definitely a summertime highlight. It combined all of your favorite things: marshmallows, chocolate, cookies, and playing with fire (with your parents’ permission of course). At Lil Cutie Pops, they bring it all back with one bite of their S’mores Cake Pops. A graham cracker cake stuffed with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows then dipped in milk chocolate and graham cracker crumbs, it might even get you singing a verse of “Kum ba ya.”
Salty Pretzel Chocolate Carmel Tart – Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
Chef Drew hits it consistently out of the park with homemade desserts that will entice you to have one more bite, maybe two, just when you thought you couldn’t possibly eat anymore. For that precious space, try out the Salty Pretzel Chocolate Carmel Tart. It’s chocolatey. It’s salty. It’s everything you could ask for on one plate.