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Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream

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Peter Freund of Cliff’s Ice Cream is here to tell us about New Jersey’s best ice cream!

Thanks, EDC! Cliffs has been in business in Roxbury since 1975. It was founded by my uncle, Cliff Freund, who was born in Roxbury and went on to become a teacher there at the high school before purchasing “Graff’s Dairymaid” (1959-1975) and changing it to “Cliff’s Dairymaid”. Believe it or not the history goes back even further to the 1940s, when it was a walk-up soft serve ice cream stand called Williams. When my uncle Cliff purchased the Dairymaid, he shifted the retail focus more towards his homemade ice cream than the grill food, and started a very successful wholesale business as well. 

I personally began working at Cliff’s in 1989 while I was in high school here in Roxbury.  After college I became a full time employee.  In 1995 I formed my company P.M. Desserts and have been operating Cliff’s ever since with the help of my brother Dave, my wife Melissa, my kids, and many other family members in addition to a great staff.

At Cliff’s we make homemade ice cream one batch at a time.  We use the best quality ingredients available to create inventive delicious one of a kind flavors.  We currently offer around 60 homemade flavors of hard and soft ice cream. In addition, we offer “Create a Sundae” catering with push carts for offices and institutions.

I was born in Roxbury and have lived or worked here my entire life. You really couldn’t ask for a more convenient location. It is a wonderful place to live, to raise a family, and of course to work. Roxbury has a lot to offer with its school system, parks, our public library, arts alliance, and senior center. It’s a great place to have a business but of course at the end of the day it’s the people in Roxbury that make it home.

More about Cliff’s:

Cliff’s has been fortunate enough to win numerous awards over the years. In 2003, Cliff’s won first place for Vanilla and Strawberry flavors in a national ice cream retailers contest. They won second place for Sticky Bun ice cream in 2004 and took both first and second place in 2005 for Desert Silk and Graham Central Station. In 2006, they won second and third place for their Peach Melba and Holy Cannoli flavors. Cliff’s was even featured on The Food Network’s program “Top Five” in 2004. In 2020 Cliff’s was recognized best ice cream in New Jersey by the Daily Meal. In 2023, Reader’s Digest also named Cliff’s Ice Cream the best in the state.

(973) 584-9721.

Hours: 12PM to 10PM All year round!

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