Guernsey Crest Ice Cream Co
134 19th Ave, Paterson, NJ
There are certain places that you shouldn’t judge on external appearances alone — and one of these is Guernsey Crest Ice Cream in Paterson.
Opened by the Cornwell family in 1927, Guernsey Crest has been producing ice cream commercially and serving its fans for 80 years now. The family owned business, now in its fourth generation, resides in a part of Paterson that has seen better days. The building looks like the last major renovation was in the 60’s or 70’s and is covered in graffiti. The signs look weathered and overall it has a scary, ghetto-like appearance. Frankly, it looks more like an ice cream place you’d find on the last scene of the Sopranos than Holsten’s does.
I think this paint needs a touch-up.
The first time I attempted to go to Guernsey Crest, when surfing ice cream parlor listings on my GPS navigation device, I drove by this building thinking something highly illegal was going on. In fact, when I came to the realization that this in fact WAS an ice cream business, I chickened out and didn’t come back until I got reliable confirmation that the ice cream was good.
Here’s the list of ice cream flavors, which is displayed outside.
The counter area, which resembles an urban check cashing business. I wonder if those windows are bulletproof.
The full menu of ice cream treats. Notice you can get gallon and 3 gallon pails if you want — they produce this stuff for commercial distribution.
Rachel’s amaratto chip ice cream cone — a whole $1.25! I had a banana shake, which was excellent. Total bill, $4.50.