It’s Friday so you know what that means – another foodie Friday is here!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ICE CREAM!
We grew up spending our summers at the beach- aka the Jersey shore – not the TV show HA HA. We made the Jersey shore cool way before MTV ever came around – JK we watch that show religiously – we love you Pauly D!
There’s nothing quite like growing up by the Jersey shore in the summer. From waking up walking along the water, watching the sunrise, spending your mornings lounging in the sand and swimming in the waves, to grabbing a nice lunch/dinner along the boardwalk and sneaking in a sweet treat along the way – can you beat that? We know we definitely cannot!
This past weekend we did just that! We packed up the car, headed down to Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright and checked out Gracie and the Dudes, an ice cream and Italian ice store on the Jersey shore. If anyone knows Shayla – she is always searching for healthier alternatives and options for her sons when it comes to foods, snacks and drinks! Gracie and the Dudes has just that – a healthier option of ice cream – can you believe it?! We found the best solution possible!
Gracie and the Dudes has been manufacturing their own delicious ice cream without artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup since 2009 – if you did the math, this year marks ten years of sweet, healthy treats! Their ice cream, fudge, Italian ice, slushies and baked goods are also all produced in house to make a new mom ecstatic for a better alternative for their children. The owners have four children who are all in the name of the establishment (Gracie and the Dudes and Sadie too! – they had a fourth child since opening) and they too, like Shayla wanted their children to grow up enjoying ice cream, but with better ingredients. Along with the tour of the shop, Brian the owner of the establishment, showed us the production process and how they make their products in house! Super cool to experience to say the least!
They have two locations in Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright, New Jersey both filled with yummy, healthy ingredients. They have a wide variety of ice cream flavors with some seasonal ones too (apple pie, pumpkin, gingerbread man, eggnog, peppermint stick and cotton candy)! We cannot wait to go back and visit Gracie and the Dudes in the fall and winter months to try some of their seasonal frozen snacks!
If you are ever traveling to the Jersey shore or New Jersey in general – make sure you stop into Gracie and the Dudes and tell them we sent ya! They have a wonderful staff, clean store and overall awesome environment for you to enjoy deliciousness! Happy snacking and happy foodie Friday everyone!
Katie and Shayla