CustardThing Cafe has recently closed. A BBQ take out business has opened in its place.
100 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ
Summer nights are all about the ice cream, and I like to keep a number of different parlors in my rotation. One that I like to go to a lot, and not just because it’s only a few minutes away from where I live, is CustardThing! in Bergenfield. CustardThing, like many other modern-style ice cream places is big on “mix-ins” like you would find at Maggie Moo’s, Cold Stone Creamery, or the long gone Steve’s.
But the ‘Thing has a twist — its got a unique method of doing the mix-ins. Instead of having scoop monkeys throw your ice cream onto a cold slab and then fold in your nuts, candy, or wet toppings manually, they take a frozen block of either chocolate or vanilla custard and insert it into the mixing cup of this diabolical-looking machine that looks like a cross between a concrete mixer and a drill press, which then shreds the ice cream and toppings into peices, creating a smooth, creamy, concrete mixture of ice cream and topping flavor. Sort of like a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but thicker and able to stand up to gravity, like Carvel soft-serve.
The ‘Thing closes at 10PM. Of course, if you’re a cute teen, you might be able to place an order after closing.
The evil custard press.
CustardThing even has blocks of Italian Ices that can be shredded into soft serve treats.
Chocolate with cookie dough.
Chocolate and black cherries
The Otto’s Delight, Vanilla custard with strawberry, banana and coconut, with hot fudge and whipped cream.