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“No fat, no sugar, diabetic dream!”
Review of CJ's Big Dipper

CJ's Big Dipper
Ranked #30 of 74 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Best Ice cream in town, we came back every day for the Vanilla Raspberry Swirl, no fat, no sugar, fantastic!

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Reviewed 4 September 2011

This spot gets quite busy on a summer night and especially on weekends. It sits smack in the middle of downtown Bar Harbor and has a great selection of hard and soft ice cream. The staff is friendly and fast and can wait on a whole group with no problem. The prices are cheaper than any other ice cream shop around town plus they have outdoor seats. A nice treat!

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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We go to Bar Harbor every other year, and spend a week there. We are a family of 5. Each time we go we do different stuff. There is one thing though, that we ALWAYS do (at least three nights out of the 6 we are there) – we go to CJ’s and get ice cream. As beautiful as Acadia National Park is, some of our most pleasant memories are of ice cream in town. It is a tradition for us. We go to CJ’s, and each get an ice cream in a cup. One of us always gets “Moose Tracks”, and our oldest child always tries whatever is new – this year it was “I’m Not Sure Yet” (a mix of Reese’s, chocolate fudge, and other stuff). Then we walk across the street and sit on the huge stone bench and mooch ice cream off one another). The bench backs onto the village green, and often a band is playing. We eat ice cream, listen to the music, and talk about the day – who got tired hiking, who went furthest in the water at sand beach – and talk about who got the best ice cream flavor. It is very pleasant. Try it.

What’s to note about all of this:
- CJ’s has great ice cream. They named a flavor “I’m Not Sure Yet” – how cool is that? The people that work there are nice, fun and they hustle (if there’s a line, it moves quickly). Yes, there is a more famous ice cream place just down the block, but they charge a lot more, and the people are nowhere near as nice. We went there the first time we were in Bar Harbor, and thought the place was kind of “touristy”. Then we found CJ’s and went there every night for the rest of the week (yep, we were ice cream hogs)
- CJ’s has a few tables scattered around the place, so you can sit at a table and eat your ice cream if you like.
- The huge stone bench across the street near the park. God bless John Whittington Roberts. The bench is a memorial to him (died in 1904). We have enjoyed many ice creams while relaxing on this bench.
- Another reviewer mentioned they do not take credit cards. He’s right – they don’t. If you’re paying for ice cream with a credit card, you're probably paying too much for your ice cream (as that reviewer ended up doing).

Go to CJ’s and try the ice cream. The flavor list is out front, and you can’t really go wrong with any of the flavors. If you like ice cream, you will be very happy.

4  Thank forseeme
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Simply the best ice cream place in Bar Haror. Happy workers make for happy customers.

1  Thank jscott_langley
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

We live in Bar Harbor for three months each summer and have tried all of the ice cream shops on the island. CJ's is easily the best, creamiest and most consistently fantastic ice cream. The get their ice cream from a small Maine-based creamery that knows what it's doing. Their gelato is made on-site and is amazing.

There are other places in town, but they are either very inconsistent in quality or really expensive with poor service.

Go to CJ's, you won't be disappointed.

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