At Skipper Dipper, we understand that you only get a few days off for vacation a year, and we make it our mission to be one of the highlights of your visit here on Long Beach Island. In our near four decades of business — we’ll be celebrating our 40th season in 2017 — helping our guests create lasting memories with delicious ice cream is the reason we do what we do.
We serve LBI’s best ice cream, sourcing our flavors from the finest purveyors available, stocking a minimum of 32 hard flavors to meet any craving, from classics like Mint Chocolate Chip to newer creations like Sea Salt Caramel Malt. The ingredients are top-notch: our pistachio ice cream is even made with whole pistachios. You can sample any flavor that catches your interest: in fact, we encourage it!
Our soft serve ice cream is some of the richest you’ll taste anywhere. Vanilla, chocolate or twist, it’s super creamy and "udderly" delicious, if you’ll pardon the dairy pun, and we know it’s the best around because we’ve searched far and wide over our near four decades of business and tried countless variations. You can also enjoy our vanilla soft serve swirled with over 25 kinds of flavored syrups if you're looking for something out of the ordinary; it's like getting a shot of hazelnut in your latte, but with ice cream instead.
Our many toppings— over 40 as of this writing, with more introduced every year — vary from classics like Cookie Dough and KitKat to more healthier and, well, crunchier, options like Granola and Toasted Coconut. And we don’t skimp on quality: the walnuts for our wet walnuts hail from a grower in California and the pecans come from a harvest cooperative in Texas. We buy them from the source and pay the freight for delivery ourselves because direct-from-the-farm quality is worth it.
Our menu offers something for everyone. If you’re lactose-challenged or vegan, we have delicious dairy-free options, including a coconut milk soft serve, a hard vanilla made with soy and the ever popular Dole Whip Pineapple soft serve. We’ll even make a vegan shake for you, sparing the moo juice, with soy milk. Just ask.
And for those with an allergy or food sensitivity, we understand how hard it can be, and we have an ingredients binder with information about every item in the shop that you can look through to help guide your decision making. We also have calorie information for select items on our menu. And if you’re gluten free, we have gluten free wafer cones, too.
Our ice cream cakes have developed a devoted following over the years, and we’ve become a tradition that many families rely on for their annual celebrations. Whether it’s a special occasion, a family BBQ or just because, we always stock standard cakes made fresh daily — each made with layers of sweet vanilla and rich chocolate and delicious chocolate crunches in the middle — but you can also customize the flavor layers for a nominal fee; we’ll just need a minimum of 24 hours notice to make a custom cake for you. We can also make all-vanilla or all-chocolate cakes too upon request with 24 hour notice. Call us!
And — if you're having friends over for dinner or a BBQ, we suggest buying a few hand-packed pints or quarts for dessert. We’ll throw in some toppings or cones on the house, your friends will go wild, and you’ll be the hit of the event!
Our shop is located 3.5 miles south of LBI's Causeway bridge, across the street from the Peahala Park water tower and the Acme Supermarket. Our building, which we call Skipper House, was built in '78 and is decked out in the same 70's-era barn red like the day we opened. The shop offers plenty of seating outside (inside too during the day), off-street parking in a lot and a stand up "Skipper Dipper" character for pictures to help mark your visit with us. Staffed with a small army of employees whom we fondly refer to as our "Authorized Dippers," the business is still in the hands of the founding family -- though now the second generation -- doing what we love to do: helping you create lasting vacation memories over ice cream. We're grateful for the opportunity to serve you!