The founder of rocker Bruce Springsteen‘s favorite New Jersey ice cream spot has reportedly died at the age of 99. Carlton Blackmore, the founder of Jersey Freeze in Freehold, died November 17, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Carlton, a former Army captain, opened Jersey Freeze with a partner in 1952. According to the APP, Carlton got the idea for the company while working as a bacteriologist and plant manager at the Alderney Dairy in Newark, after realizing how much soft ice cream mix the dairy sold.
Today, the Jersey Freeze is known to both locals and tourists alike for their unique milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and of course, their variety of soft-serve and hard ice cream flavors and toppings. But when Bruce was growing up, it was a much simpler establishment.
“Who’s been to Jersey Freeze?” asked Springsteen during a concert at MetLife Stadium in August, “We’d stop there and it was much smaller. They didn’t have any hot dogs or hamburgers, they only sold ice cream and they sold two kinds: one was chocolate and one was vanilla. Just soft ice cream, that was all you could get. When I was a kid, I didn’t like chocolate or vanilla, I just liked the cones. So the guy used to save all the broken cones for me.” That guy was Carlton Blackmore.
The Colts Neck rocker remains a Jersey Freeze fan. To show his love for the joint, Bruce auctioned off a trip to the joint in a 1967 Cadillac that included a signed guitar,“all of the hot dogs and hamburgers” you can eat and his mom’s homemade lasagna during the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes charity event. The winning bid sold for $280,000.
So while its founder is gone, hopefully Jersey Freeze will live on for millions more to enjoy ice cream cones (and a few broken ones for The Boss).