Summer: Su-Th (12PM-10PM), F-Sa (12PM-10PM). Closed in winter
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Vincent’s is the pink and white ice cream stand at the corner of North Olden and Pennsylvania, just west of Rte. 1, and a couple of blocks down the street from Brunswick Avenue. It is exactly what you hope an independently owned business will be: well managed by an entrepreneur-owner who knows what he’s doing and cares about quality.
Vincent’s does home-made, hand dipped ice-cream, home-made water ices, and soft-serve.
Vincent’s home made ice creams (the guilty pleasures) are dense, creamy, and strongly flavored. Flavors rotate with the season and Vincent’s whim. You’ll find all of the typical flavors, plus a few that may tickle your fancy for the exotic. Pricing for a “regular” which is roughly two normal sized scoops, is not cheap, but good value against other ice cream stands that make their own.
The water ice is outstanding, made with real fruit. At its best , Vincent’s beats every other water ice shop in the county for quality, and that includes some of the so-called “gourmet” shops on both sides of the Delaware. The only issue I’ve had with Vincent’s is that he sometimes doesn’t turn over the inventory as quickly as Rita’s, and I once got a cup that tasted freezer burned (though Vincent exchanged it instantly with an apology). When his ice is fresh which, in fairness, is every other time I’ve gone, his flavors are untouchable.
I’m not a huge fan of the soft serve, but who cares when you can buy a Gelato made with Vincent’s home made, hand scooped ice cream.
I sampled Vincent’s gelato again recently with one of his special ice cream flavors: caramel with sea salt. This is one of the best caramel ice creams I’ve ever had: super dense, creamy, with a strong burnt-sugar flavor, but not too sweet. It contrasted perfectly with his regular “Bata Bing” ice, which is a dark cherry ice chock full of half slices of fresh cherries. It’s heavenly, and makes Rita’s cherry ice taste like cough medicine by comparison. Vincent’s “small” gelato is one-and-a-half scoops of ice cream with a big scoop of ice: enough to satisfy all but the biggest dessert hound.
Vincent’s is basically a take-out place, but there are picnic tables on a patio behind the store. However, they’re often in direct sun light, so not terribly useful except on a cool or overcast day.