Skipper Dipper

Long Beach Island, New Jersey's favorite ice cream since 1978!

Skipper Dipper: LBI's best ice cream since 1978: hard/soft ice cream, old-fashioned shakes and sundaes, homemade ice cream cakes and much more.

Meet your Authorized Dipper

 
Heather with her favorite ice cream

Heather with her favorite ice cream

Name:  Heather E.

Hometown:  Robbinsville, NJ

Favorite Ice Cream combo:  Cotton Candy (preferably with gummy bears)

College:  Dickinson College

Major:  Biology 

Career Goals:  I would love to go to med school and one day become a doctor

Favorite things about the Shore:  Going to the beach and being able to bike everywhere

Favorite things about Skipper:  Working with really great people

 

Welcome Back!

After another brutal winter, we are excited to see some sunshine and to start another terrific summer!  With our 38th season underway, we would like to share some new menu additions with you.

NEW ICE CREAM

After running Campfire S’mores as a special flavor last season, we received so much positive feedback that we are proud to announce it has earned permanent flavor status this year! It will be in our dipping cabinet every day of the season. What is it? Graham Cracker Ice Cream oozes with marshmallow ripple and has a satisfying chocolate crunch that will fool you into thinking you're already outside around the fire toasting s'mores yourself.

Campfire S'mores in a delicious chocolate cookie cone

Campfire S'mores in a delicious chocolate cookie cone

NEW SUNDAE:

We’re introducing a new sundae this season called the Skipper Jack Sundae. Inspired by ABC Kitchen in NYC's Union Square, this irresistible creation combines Salted Caramel ice cream, Cracker Jacks, peanuts (crushed or salted, the choice is all yours!), hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.

A beautifully decorated Skipper Jack Sundae

A beautifully decorated Skipper Jack Sundae

NEW TOPPINGS:

We’ve also added two new toppings to our long list of offerings.  Out of all the fish in the sea, Swedish Fish are the only topping for me!!  These fun gummies pair great with traditional vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles.  

 

photo credits to Amazon

photo credits to Amazon

And to up our granola game this season, we will now be carrying KIND brand Granola!  This customer favorite is gluten-free and is non-GMO.  We love it on top of our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Hard Yogurt and Vanilla Frozen Yogurt.

photo credits to kindsnacks.com

photo credits to kindsnacks.com

As many of our wonderful customers, we also run special flavors every day in the shop. Stop by or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates. We look forward to seeing you for another season!

Meet Your Authorized Dipper

photo 2Name: Jillian R. Hometown: West Chester, PA

Years working at Skipper Dipper: 4

Favorite ice cream combo: Vanilla Peanut in a waffle cone

College: Saint Joseph's University

Major: Health Sciences

Career goals: I would love to work in the health field helping others

Favorite pastimes: Going to the beach and hanging out with my friends

Favorite things about the shore: The beach, swimming, and bike riding

Favorite things about Skipper: My wonderful coworkers and the delicious ice cream

Happy New Season!

After what seemed like the longest winter ever, school's finally out and summer's officially here!! We are happy to share some menu additions for our 37th season.

NEW ICE CREAM

Every season, we bid farewell to some flavors that we’re sad to report just don’t sell very well anymore, and we replace them with the most asked for flavor specials from the year prior. Last year, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Nutter Butter on special became overwhelmingly popular, — people would call to see if we had it in stock before coming in — earning both of them slots on the permanent flavor roster this season, replacing Pistachio and Rocky Road, which will be in rotation as specials. We’re also bringing back an old favorite as a perm flavor, Cherry Vanilla, as American as Monticello, to mix a presidential metaphor, if you believe Washington actually cut down that cherry tree.

We’ll be running specials this season to repeat the process all over again next year. 

Here’s each new perm flavor:

Chocolate Chip Cookie - Creamy brown sugar ice cream with chocolate chips. A homemade chocolate chip cookie in a cup or cone.

Nutter Butter - Rich brown sugar ice cream with a mighty satisfying peanut butter ripple

Cherry Vanilla - The classic: smooth cherry infused ice cream mixed with chunky black cherries.

NEW SUNDAES

Skipper Gelato - We’re bringing back another classic from years ago: The Skipper Gelato. Alternating layers of our super delicious vanilla soft serve and any water ice flavor of your choice. We particularly love it with mango.

NEW TOPPINGS

Pepperidge Farm Pretzel Goldfish – Whether you’re 5 or 50, these salty little guys bring a smile to any face, and on ice cream, they’re wonderful. We particularly like them on black raspberry ice cream with just a dash of caramel.

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle – Named Snack of the Year for good reason, these thin brownie wafers when crumbled on ice cream are nothing short of spectacular. We like them on our Death by Chocolate or mixed into a Skipper Twister with M&Ms.

Fruity Pebbles – Few memories make us as happy as Saturday morning cartoons served with the perfect accompaniment of a super sweetened rainbow colored cereal. We always liked Fruity Pebbles the best, not just for use of the Flinstones — but for the wonderful cereal milk that was always left behind to slurp out of the bowl. And as a topping, it’s like your childhood all over again.

Granola – For crunchy granola types, we’re proud to offer, well, some granola. We partake of it ourselves at times. It’s good for you, and great with vanilla frozen yogurt and toasted coconut topping.

Meet Your Authorized Dipper

  blog 6-15 2 002Name: Kristen L.

Hometown: Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Years working at Skipper Dipper: 4th

Favorite ice cream combo: Deertracks with hot fudge

College: Rowan University

Major: Psychology with a minor in Sociology

Career goals: I love helping people so I would like to become a social worker after college

Favorite pastimes: Reading, watching Netflix and going to the beach

Favorite things about the shore: Ice cream, the Ocean City boardwalk, swimming and reading on the beach

Favorite things about Skipper: The ice cream, the friendly environment, and my coworkers

 

How to Make an Ice Cream Soda!

An ice cream soda is the ultimate easy-breezy summertime classic: they are simple to make, requiring only four ingredients: syrup, milk, seltzer, and of course, ice cream, and you just mix them all together to create a refreshingly delicious drink. Here's a "how to" on making this time-honored favorite at home!

Step 1. Start with the syrup

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Here at Skipper, we have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and coffee syrups, but you can use any kind of syrup you prefer! Add about an ounce of syrup to the bottom of a tall glass or paper cup. The syrup essentially highlights the flavor of the ice cream, so you want to make sure the two flavors complement one another.

Step 2. Add a splash of milk and stir

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milk

After the syrup is added, you’ll want to add just a splash of milk and stir it with a long spoon until the mixture becomes creamy. This will allow the syrup to flavor the entire drink, and not just stick to the bottom.

Step 3. Pour in the seltzer

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When the syrup and milk are properly mixed, add in the seltzer. To avoid an overabundance of foam, try pouring the seltzer slowly with the glass or cup at an angle. This will eliminate the tricky illusion of a full glass when it’s actually just foam. If you end up with too much foam, feel free to scoop it out and continue pouring until the glass is about ¾ full to save room for the ice cream.

Step 4. And now add the ice cream!

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The final step is to scoop in your desired ice cream flavor. The classic flavors are chocolate, vanilla,  and strawberry, but any flavor works just as well. (Our personal favorite is coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup.) About two large scoops should be enough to fill your entire glass or cup.

And voilà! Creating the perfect ice cream soda is as simple as that.

How to Make the Campfire Sundae!

We’ve introduced several new additions to our menu this season, including a sundae inspired by the tasty flavors of the that summer camping classic, the s’more. Aptly named the Campfire, it combines rich chocolate ice cream, homemade marshmallows, crushed graham cracker crumbs and hot fudge together into a satisfying indulgence that you can make at home in a few simple steps, though if you have the time to make the marshmallows from scratch, they're a game changer. Step 1: Start with the ice cream of course

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First, we scoop about three large scoops of hard chocolate ice cream into a cup. If chocolate isn’t your favorite, feel free to substitute your flavor of choice to create your own personalized Campfire Sundae. A helpful hint when scooping the ice cream: try packing it into the cup vertically so there will be enough space for the toppings.

Step 2: Add crushed graham cracker crumbs and a dollop of hot fudge

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After building a tower of the ice cream in the cup, we sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs and hot fudge on top of the chocolate. Note: we've also made them using crushed Oreos, and if that's what you have in the house, it's just as tasty an alternative.

Step 3: Add the homemade marshmallows

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This is where it goes from being any ordinary sundae to the truly exceptional. We at Skipper are firm believers in the magic of a homemade marshmallow; they’re exceptionally light, fluffy, and delicious, and are guaranteed to elicit oohs and ahhs from your loved ones. This simple marshmallow recipe by Martha Stewart is a good place to start, but be forewarned: once you've had them homemade, it's a challenge going back to the Jet-Puffed-supermarket variety. We place four marshmallows around the ice cream, but you can add as many as you like.

Step 4:  Top it off with whipped cream and a cherry!

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And voila, we finish all our sundaes with a swirl of whipped cream crowned by a cherry, and the sundae is ready to go. Enjoy every bite!

 

A new season gets underway!!

With the season just about to start, we’d like to welcome you back for another great summer on Long Beach Island! It’s been a doozey of a winter for most and we hope that your homes are safe, clean and ready to go for a wonderful summer. We’d like to share some new additions to Skipper’s menu for the upcoming season.

Salted Caramel has achieved permanent menu status.

After running as a special flavor for the past couple of seasons, Salted Caramel has been elevated to regular flavor status! It’ll be in the shop every time you visit this season and beyond.

The closest thing you'll have to a macaroon in an ice cream cone!

Another new perm flavor joining the menu is Toasted Coconut. Made with coconut cream base and chocolate-covered toasted coconut pieces, it's like a walk on a tropical beach.

Soy-based dairy-free vanilla that's so creamy and delicious you wouldn't believe it's not made of milk!

We’re bringing back our Non-Dairy Soy-Based Vanilla for our friends looking for a milk-free option. It’s so rich and creamy, it’s difficult to believe it’s not made with milk. If you don’t see it in the dipping cabinets, just ask your Authorized Dipper for a sample.

Made with homemade marshmallows, the Campfire Sundae is the best of camping without the tent.

We’re introducing a new sundae this season called the Campfire Sundae, inspired by everyone’s favorite camp snack – the s’more. We start with chocolate ice cream, top it with homemade artisanal marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and hot fudge. We then finish it off with whipped cream and a cherry. Summer perfection without the bonfire.

Dark chocolate crunch pearls made by Valrhona deliver a satisfying crunch

We’ve also added new toppings to the the menu this season. This past winter, we enjoyed an extraordinary sundae at Sorella in New York City where the pastry chef used Valrhona dark chocolate crunch pearls as one of the featured ingredients. We knew we needed to add them to our menu for the upcoming season. Smaller than a pea, they possess a crispy interior covered in dark chocolate: a tasty topping with a delicious crunch.

Toasted Coconut brings a taste of Hawaii to LBI

Also, to compliment the new Toasted Coconut ice cream, we've added toasted coconut flakes to our extensive list of toppings. Another touch of the tropical to LBI.

A classic New England topping comes to the Jersey Shore

Rounding out the new toppings list, we’ve added Grape-Nuts to satisfy our crunch-deprived friends. For those who are fond of getting them at scoop shops along the Cape, you can now find them here at Skipper Dipper on LBI.

Our new picnic tables and benches replaced ones washed away and damaged from Sandy

Beyond the new flavors, sundaes and toppings, we have new picnic tables and benches in the front of the shop. Sandy’s flood waters made off with our largest table, and the three others were so badly damaged that we needed to replace them. With orange vinyl tops and wooden bases, we consider them a nice replacement from our wooden benches, some of which were coming up on 25 years of loyal service.

We’ll be open through Chowderfest this year, and we look forward to welcoming you in the shop and thank you for your continued patronage. Have a wonderful summer!

A Very Special Birthday with Friends

Over our 35 years, Skipper has developed plenty of traditions, but one of our favorites is the annual appreciation party we host for our Authorized Dippers.  This year, we came together to celebrate Skipper’s 35th birthday season.  Roughly half the Dippers attended, where they snacked on tasty appetizers, enjoyed delicious pizza courtesy of Joey’s, won prizes in a candy-themed raffle, and cheered for their fellow staff members who earned special Mission awards for excellent service.  To top it all off, we tucked into a very special ice cream cake, which one of our art-school’ed Dippers spent three hours decorating earlier that morning.

The Making of a Skipper Dipper Milkshake

Step 1: Adding the Ice Cream

Skipper Dipper has been known for great milkshakes and malts since we opened—according to "New Jersey Monthly" we have the best on the island!  Today we're going to share our technique, so anyone can make a great shake.  We begin by adding three scoops of the ice cream of your choice to our stainless steel mixing cup.  At Skipper, you get a shake in any flavor, but for this example we're showing you one of our faves—Strawberry.  If you're trying to make a shake at home, a normal blender will work just fine.

Step 2: Adding the Syrup

Not all Skipper Dipper milkshakes get the syrup treatment, but our chocolate, vanilla, coffee and strawberry syrups make their respective ice cream flavors much bolder.  Here, we're using the strawberry syrup to intensify the flavor of the strawberry shake, but it's perfectly okay to switch it up!  Coffee or vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup makes for a tasty treat.

Step 3: Adding the Milk

Hitting the sweet spot, where the milkshake is thick but smooth enough to drink with a straw, is what we aim for.  We add about one and a half cups of whole milk to the three scoops of ice cream.  Be careful not to add too much!  Remember: it's much easier to add more milk than to blend in a new scoop of ice cream.

Step 4: Shake, Shake, Shake!

Once all the components are in the mixing cup, we shake things up using our milkshake blender to get all the lumps out, making the treat as smooth and thick as possible.  You can use a normal blender or immersion blender at home, just be careful not to over-blend (or make a mess—trust us, it can go everywhere)!  If you blend for too long you'll thin out the ice cream too much, or whip in too much air and end up with a frothy milkshake.  Try blending in bursts.

Name: Emily S. Hometown: Newtown, PA Season working at Skipper Dipper: 5th Favorite Ice Cream Combination: Vanilla Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter or Chocolate and Strawberry, depending on her mood. College: Penn State University Major: Secondary Education, Mathematics Career Goals: Math Teacher Favorite things about the shore: Watching the sunset and collecting shells and sea-glass. Favorite things about the Skipper: The other Dippers and making cakes.

For Emily, returning to the Skipper every year is a point of excitement, because it means seeing many of the friends she had to leave behind when it’s time for school to start.  Recently, she’s also found great enjoyment in making ice cream cakes, particularly when customers have special requests (a picture of Scooby-Doo being her favorite so far).

Of course, Emily enjoys Penn State as well, where she’s studying for a Secondary Education degree which she will eventually use to teach mathematics.  But keeping busy during the Summer is exceptionally easy, as Emily loves collecting seashells and sea-glass on the beach, particularly when it ends with one of the Jersey Shore’s beautiful sunsets.  When it comes to ice cream, she’s a no-frills kind of gal—she's usually craving either a mix of chocolate and vanilla peanut butter  or strawberry and chocolate ice cream.

Meet your Authorized Dipper

Name: Sarah M. Hometown: Barnegat, NJ Season working at Skipper Dipper: 4th Favorite ice cream combination: Bananas Foster with chocolate-covered pretzels in a waffle cone College: Hawaii Pacific University Major: English Career goals: Lighthouse keeper! Favorite pastimes: Reading and poetry Favorite things about the shore: Lighthouses and seabirds Favorite things about Skipper: Coworkers and the tattoos

Sarah is one of Skipper’s most-experienced dippers, back for her fourth season this summer and thrilled to see her coworkers again.  She’s an English major at Hawaii Pacific University, and nearly finished with her degree.  Sarah simply has to keep close to the shore, and her dream is to be a lighthouse keeper, where she could read books and poetry or watch seabirds in her free time.

During previous seasons, Sarah had dietary restrictions that kept her from eating any of Skipper’s ice cream.  But this season, she’s wasted no time in acquainting herself with all the flavors!  Her absolute favorite is the Bananas Foster, new this season, which she loves on a homemade waffle cone with chocolate-covered pretzels.

A New Addition

One of our dipping cabinets, which had faithfully kept our ice cream cold and presentable for most of our 35 years, abruptly died last week without notice.  We knew it might be time for an all-out replacement, but we wanted to see if we could fix the old one first.  We called the great refrigeration guys from DGS to come out for a service call and once here they let us know that, sadly, it was time for a new one.

Big enough for 28 drums of hard ice cream and controlled digitally, the new dipping cabinet arrived in the back of a truck, attached to wooden palettes weighing over 600 pounds.

Getting the cabinet up the stairs and into place in the shop was one of the more formidable challenges we've faced over the years (though not quite as daunting as facing a crowd on a busy night when we've run out of mint chip).  There was a moment when we thought we weren't going to be able to get it up the flight of stairs.

Thankfully, the delivery crew persevered.  We're grateful they did—the new dipping cabinet boasts much larger windows, making it easier for everyone to see our flavors, especially little kids.

The Skipper Twister

It's a new season at Skipper – our 35th – and this year we've happily added new selections to our ever-expanding list of toppings: chocolate caramel cups, crunchy Grape-Nuts, and chocolate-covered pretzels.

We're also bringing back a Skipper classic – the Skipper Twister!  It's your choice of any two toppings twisted into soft vanilla or chocolate ice cream to create a delicious treat.

This year we have something special for our friends who are looking for non-dairy options and are over water ice – Tofutti vanilla "ice cream" which is so rich and smooth, it's hard to believe it's non-dairy.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more special updates.

Meet your Authorized Dipper

Name:  Alex S. Hometown: Barnegat, NJ Season working at Skipper: 3rd Favorite Flavor: Heath Yogurt Career Goal: History Teacher College: Rutgers Favorite Pastime:  Reading Favorite thing about Skipper:  The stylish uniforms

The Making of a Skipper Dipper Banana Boat

Step 1:  Adding the Ice Cream

Our Authorized Dippers load up the Banana Boat with three scoops of your favorite ice cream.  We used vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry here but you can use any of our 30 hard or 40 soft flavors.

Step 2:  Toppings Galore

You can choose up to three different toppings to load on to the scoops of ice cream. Wet walnuts, chocolate syrup and strawberry are selections pictured here.  With over 50 toppings on our menu, there are over 100,000 topping combinations for you to choose from.

Step 3:  Adding the Banana

Next we slice the banana down its center and place it on each side of the boat.

Step 4:  Finishing Touches

To finish, we add whipped cream and a cherry on top, and voila, the Banana Boat is ready for eating!

Meet your Authorized Dipper

Name: Casey B. Hometown: Plainfield, NJ Season Working at Skipper: 4th Favorite Flavor: Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookie Career Goal: Geneticist High School:  South Plainfield High School Favorite Pastimes: Running and surfing Favorite Thing(s) About Skipper: The fun environment and the coworkers are awesome

Skipper Dipper Appreciation Breakfast

Every season, we get the crew together for an appreciation breakfast to say thanks for the tremendous hard work that goes into manning the operation day in and day out. There's plenty of food, giveaways, and time for a group picture. This year, 27 of the roughly 50 Authorized Dippers we have on staff made it to the main event.