NJ Dining: CustardThing (CLOSED)

CustardThing Cafe has recently closed. A BBQ take out business has opened in its place. 

CustardThing! Cafe
100 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, NJ
(201) 439-1818

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.

6 Responses to NJ Dining: CustardThing (CLOSED)

  1. Larry Lennhoff says:

    This looks lovely. Any chance it is kosher?

  2. Robyn says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHH HH HHH H H chunkified cookie dough…etc.

    Although the screw thingy is frightening, the end result looks very yummy. Shall I drive half an hour for it? :O

  3. Pixelchef says:

    The real question here is, am I able to place an order FOR one of those fine ladies peaking in the window? Hubba. ;)

  4. Laura says:

    Definitely go. I go so often that I know the owner. I just stumbed on this page because i needed a picture of the logo. But this place is life changing!

  5. […] This past summer we’ve profiled a few of the top ice cream places (1) (2) (3) (4) in Northern New Jersey, but I’ve saved one of the best for last. Unless you’re a Ridgewood native or heard about it via word of mouth, you probably don’t know about Van Dyke’s. The reason being is its not anywhere near a highway or on a main street near other businesses — it’s smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Like, its a house on a residential street that serves home made ice cream. In fact, until somebody reminded me recently what the name of the place was and professed to know where exactly it was located, I hadn’t returned in nearly ten years. […]

  6. […] I was depressed to hear that one of my favorite local ice cream places, CustardThing, had closed down. I was aware that the location was on the real estate market for some time, but I […]

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