There’s quite a lot to see at Sweet Pete’s Downtown, from a dessert bar and wacky candies to chocolates made right here in Jacksonville. If you haven’t taken your kids to Sweet Pete’s you’re missing out on one of Jacksonville’s newest destinations. But there’s more to the multi-level candy store than just satisfying your sweet tooth–there’s also an opportunity to learn about candy-making, whether you want to learn on your own, are doing a bachelorette activity or want something to do with the little ones. See their online scheduler at sweetpetescandy.com under events>book now! for a drop down menu selection of what they have to offer, from hand-pulled lollipops to truffle classes and plenty of things geared for groups or kids.
Coming up at the Candy Apple Cafe!
Attached to Sweet Pete’s is a bit of fun fine dining at the Candy Apple Cafe. Dine with friends, a date or the kids. Candy Apple Cafe often coordinates events with Sweet Pete’s. Take a look and see what’s on their schedule for the upcoming month.
Feb 9 & 23 Candy Care The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails and Sweet Pete’s now offer Candy Care on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 5:30–9pm. This program offers a convenient parents’ night out and on-site babysitting solution. While adults enjoy a relaxing dinner in the restaurant, children (ages 3 and up) will enjoy crafts, dinner, and treats upstairs — all under the supervision of licensed and insured babysitters. The fee to participate is $20 per child with an accompanying dinner reservation for adults in the restaurant. Make a reservation by calling 904-353-9717 or visit thecandyapplecafe.com/reservations (note in your reservation how many children will be participating in the Candy Care program).
Feb 11 “Love Bites” Valentine’s Day Inspired Candy and Cocktails Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres while making decadent chocolate-dipped strawberries. This spin on the monthly Candy and Cocktails series is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with friends or someone special. Admission includes two drink tickets, which may be redeemed for beer, wine, or two featured beverages: Prosecco and chocolate-strawberry martinis. The event runs from 6:30-8pm and costs $45 per person. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite.
Feb 12 Candy Maker’s Dinner This indulgent evening event includes a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings by Executive Chef Jamey Evoniuk, and exclusive chocolate cordials by the one and only candy maker extraordinaire, Pete Behringer. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased through Eventbrite.
Feb 13 “Love is Sweet” Prix-Fixe Dinner The prix-fixe menu features three, specially prepared courses for $75 per person. Diners can add a wine pairing for an additional $25 per person. Dinner service begins at 6pm. All guests will receive a valentine to use for a specialty truffle at the upstairs dessert bar. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made at thecandyapplecafe.com/reservations or by calling 904-353-9717.
Feb 14 Apple of My Eye Valentine’s Brunch + Sweet Pete’s Family Day Whether you have one valentine or a family of sweethearts, bring them to The Candy Apple Café for brunch and stay for Sweet Pete’s Family Day, featuring free, family-friendly activities. Brunch will be served from 10am–5pm, featuring the standard menu and three specialty entrées: buttermilk chicken and waffles, heart-shaped chocolate chip skillet pancake, and brioche French toast bread pudding. Family activities will be available from 11am–3:30pm throughout the building, including dipping treats in chocolate, card making and more. Brunch reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made at thecandyapplecafe.com/reservations or by calling 904-353-9717.