Located right on busy Route 36 in Belford (Middletown), just a few miles west of Sandy Hook, Napoli Boys offers the best hard and soft ice cream and Italian ices in the Jersey Shore region. It's a great place to stop when returning from Sandy Hook or other shore points.
Erica Lieberman's lifelong affinity for baking began in her mother's kitchen 25 years ago. Since then, Erica has turned her passion for making treats into Whipped Bites, where she churns out cupcakes in a variety of sweet flavors. Featured cupcakes include apple pie with cinnamon-apple cake and vanilla-cream-cheese frosting and the PB&J, or peanut-butter cake filled with grape jelly and topped with vanilla-bean frosting.
Motivated by a passion for the culinary arts and a healthy reverence for nature’s abundance, Good Karma Café’s eco-conscious chefs create delectable vegan dishes that will appease cultivated palates and replenish crown chakras. A leafy assortment of salubrious salads features such chlorophyll-rich concoctions as the Live green salad, whose dark greens are adorned with crunchy vegetables and a mixture of sunflower and hemp seeds and tossed in a sweet apple-cider-vinegar dressing ($10). Crispy blue nacho chips topped with creamy cheese-less queso perform a spicy salsa two-step on tongues ($8), and steamed edamame sprinkled with celtic sea salt perform kabuki dances set to bagpipes for an audience of delighted taste buds ($5). The TLT offers a vegan twist on a classic with tempeh strips, crisp lettuce, and garden tomatoes ($10), and the Chickpea of the Sea gives fish-friendly sailors a cause to rejoice with its variation on tuna salad ($10).
The Oreo cupcake doesn’t earn its name for nothing—a decadent Oreo crust ensconces an Oreo-flavored cake slathered with Oreo buttercream and topped with an actual Oreo cookie. The team of bakers at the online-only Petite Treats whips up more than 100 similar cupcakes, pulling inspiration from a plethora of eclectic ingredients ranging from mango puree to chocolate covered pretzels. The Lucky Charms cupcake, for example, comes rolled in its namesake cereal, whereas the caramel macchiato boasts an appropriately espresso-flavored cake. To cater to more adult palates, the bakers spike the chocolate and red wine cupcake with alcohol, filling the chocolate base with red wine syrup and crowning it with red wine-infused chocolate ganache.
Petite Treats' team can prepare gluten- and sugar-free options for those with food allergies. They can also make most flavors listed on the menu as full-sized cakes, freeing patrons from the hassle of super gluing a dozen cupcakes together.
Don't let the name fool you: butter cookies are made from more than just butter. At Cutest Cookies, each from-scratch batch incorporates 10 ingredients, including vanilla, flour, and meringue powder. From here, however, the similarities between each peanut- and tree nut-free batch end. Customers determine every cookie's color, shape, and design, ranging from wedding cookies decorated like tuxedos and dresses to birthday cookies ornamented with replicated pictures of the birthday boy or girl.
Bakers make the order one to two days before a customer's event, hand-decorating each cookie with individually mixed icing colors. To ensure freshness, they place every cookie in a cellophane bag fastened with a matching ribbon. If left in original packaging, an airtight container, or your mouth unchewed, the cookies will stay fresh for an entire month.
Taking the first bite of a cake from Ella’s Sweet Treats can be bittersweet, since it means destroying a work of art. The multitiered creations don seamless coats of fondant that command attention with majestic accents such as feathers, tiaras, or a message scrawled in icing that reads, “Hey, you. Look at this handsome cake.” The elegant designs invite forks to plunge into cores of chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or strawberry cake in search of one of the nine available fillings, including cannoli cream or fresh strawberries and bananas. Presentation even matters for Ella’s cupcakes, which arrive with eye-catching swirls of buttercream frosting. The shop’s confectioners also shower their chocolate-covered apples with a hodgepodge of additional toppings, such as marshmallows, nuts, and sprinkles.