Here are the family-owned classics, along with some newer treats – all of them homegrown.
Cape May Popcorn Factory
Their “secret recipe” caramel popcorn has been a seashore staple for over 30 years.
9 Gurney St. (at Beach Drive), Cape May, (609) 780-0503
Fine Fellows Creamery
The fine folks at Fine Fellows have created an array of ice cream sundaes, naming them all after ‘80s music acts. The Cure is a caramel lover’s dream, while Depeche a la Mode includes a slice of seasonal pie topped with fruity syrup. Oh, and the banana split? It’s appropriately named Banarama.
313 Beach Ave, Cape May, N.J., (609) 854-4934, www.finefellowsicecream.com.
Fralinger’s Original Salt Water Taffy and James Candy Company
Two brands and one company with a long history of being synonymous with seaside sweets. The original tried-and-true flavors are still popular but there’s also a growing list of over 50 new types of taffy and fudge.
324 Washington St. Mall, Cape May, (609) 884-5695; 2714 Boardwalk and 3400 Boardwalk Ave., Wildwood, (609) 729-3318; www.jamescandy.com
Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard
Made from an original 1919 family recipe, this swirly, frosty treat is available at stands in Cape May County and Rehoboth Beach.
512 Washington St., Cape May, N.J., and other locations. www.kohrbros.com
You’ll find vanilla and chocolate – but feel free to broaden your flavor horizons.
357 E. Wildwood Ave., Wildwood, (609) 729-1555, www.laurasfudge.com
Original Fudge KitchenSavor almost two-dozen varieties, from old-fashioned to a contemporary version sprinkled with sea salt
513 Washington St., 738 Beach Drive (on the Boardwalk) and 513 Washington Mall, Cape May; 4120 Boardwalk, Wildwood; Boardwalk and 22nd Street, North Wildwood; (800) 23-FUDGE, www.fudgekitchens.com
Delicious original flavors include key lime, pecan, banana crème and strawberry shortcake. But you must try the cinnamon mocha latte, peanut butter chiffon, and the one they call Elvis
326 Carpenters lane, Cape May, N.J., (609) 425-5321, www.peacepieworld.com
Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream
On summer nights, the line can be epic outside this Seven Mile Island institution. But your rich and creamy reward is well worth the wait
9420 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J. (609) 368-4631, www.springersicecream.com
Uncle Charley’s Ice Cream
Homemade since 1976. One or more of the over 48 flavors make the perfect foundation for a stellar sundae.
310 Washington St., Cape May, (609) 408-4751
Whether you prefer saltwater taffy, homemade fudge (try the King Tut or Holy Hash varieties) or hand-dipped chocolate candy, this Rehoboth mainstay has it all
1 South Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-9200; 102 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-7195; Midway Shopping Center, 18627 Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 645, 4769; www.candykitchen.com
Dolles Candyland Ibachs Candy by the Sea
Since 1927, saltwater taffy and fudge have been made here from family recipes in small-batch copper kettles. Chocolates are handmade and hand-coated.
Dolles Candyland, 1 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-0757; Ibachs Candy by the Sea, 9 Rehoboth Ave., (302) 227-2870; dolles-ibachs.com
Caramel popcorn dusted with crab spice? Don’t knock this sweet and savory combination until you’ve tried it. And be sure to but the XL 2.5 gallon bucket because everybody’s going to want some.
48 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, www.fishers-popcorn.com
Hopkins Farm Creamery
More than 20 year-round and seasonal flavors – including those with local summer fruit – are made on this family-owned farm. They also have hand-spun milkshakes and ice cream cakes and pies.
18186 Dairy Farm Road, Lewes, (302) 645-7163, www.hopkinsfarmcreamery.com
The Ice Cream Store
Unless you’re a diehard purist, you’ll want to sample the Crabula, Sharkenstein, Zombie, and other offbeat flavors – or the ones made with eccentric ingredients like ghost peppers, beer, Japanese shiso leaf and sweet corn. Over 100 combinations come together at the nearby Woodside Farm Creamery.
6 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-4609, www.rehobothbeachicecream.com
Kaisy’s DelightsThe kaiserschmarm (or kaisy for short) is a specialty of the Tyrol region in the Alps. It’s a light and airy, griddle-baked, shredded pancake flavored with vanilla and rum. Top it with powdered sugar or homemade fruit sauce, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, applesauce, or ice cream
70 Rehoboth Ave., A2, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 212-5360; 1548 Savannah Road, Lewes, (302) 227-3611, www.kilwins.com
Watch the candy-makers hand-paddle fudge, turn nuts into brittles, dip apples into caramel and dunk other goodies – from pretzels to rice cereal treats – into chocolate. Kilwin’s also has its own ice cream in 27 flavors
140 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-3611, www.kilwins.com
King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shops
With recipes from the early 1970s as its foundation, King’s has expanded its lineup to include fancy flavors like Salted Caramel Crunch and fanciful ones like Galaxy
201 Second St., Lewes, (302) 645-9425, www.kingshomemadeicecream.com