Local Sweets

Popcorn Never Had It So Sweet: A Visit to Peterbrooke’s New Headquarters

has expanded their operations with a new factory on Copeland Street, a 28,000 square foot facility that will house their corporate offices, and is currently their base of operations for candy-making. By late 2016, it will be open for tours and events, from corporate meetings to classes and much more. The tour will begin with Peterbrooke’s signature item: a look into the chocolate popcorn room through glass windows. They isolate it from the main areas because popcorn tends to pick up scents very easily. Sealing the room off keeps the chocolate popcorn from tasting minty if they are doing mint …

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Sweet Talk with Calli Marie Bakes

is the fabulous brainchild of ’ head baker Calli Marie. In the past year, Calli has become a bonafide Jacksonville social media star, due to her quirky sensibilities as well as her unique cakes that combine beauty and flavor in a delightfully playful manner. Trained in the kitchens at the , Calli Marie honed her craft in a number of local Jacksonville bakeries before she fatefully landed at BREW Five Points. When she began baking as a pro shortly after finishing culinary school in 2013, Calli found herself making traditionally beautiful cakes that were chock full of artificial and lower …

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Motion Sweets – decadent delicate delights

You may have tasted a macaroon or two, but have you ever had an authentic hand-crafted French macaron? There is a difference between the two, and Megan (Mee-ghan) Suggs at bakery is well aware of this as she hand crafts these decadent delicate delights in her tiny kitchen at the bakery. Adrian Suggs and his wife Megan had a vision in 2011 when they hawked their baked goods at the Pecan Park flea market. They sold tasty cupcakes, donuts, cookies, and more, but it was the authentic macarons with their ooey gooey fillings inside a delicate, sweet crunchy cookie that …

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Home Is Where The Pie Is – My Grandmother’s Pie

Allison D’Aurizio, owner and baker of , may be true to her southern roots with her flaky pie crust and perfect pecan filling, but she’s setting the bar higher when it comes to her new creations, like her sweet and savory galettes and portable hand-pies. While it’s been just two short years since D’Aurizio set up shop here in Jacksonville, she’s quickly become an institution. With no storefront, you can order from My Grandmother’s Pie online and you can find them at markets around town including Jaxsons Night Market in Hemming Park, Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park, and various …

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Sweet Theory – brings tasty thoughts

A sweet success story aptly describes this unique and wonderful bakery in historic Riverside. In November 2012, founders Katie and Eric Riehm set out to serve a purpose. Together with general manager Rachel Robertson, principal gluten free baker Amber Verastegui, and other friends, they launched a concept that rocked the Riverside community. “We wanted to create an everyone bakery,” says Robertson. “We set out to serve anybody, people with food allergies, which is a growing share of the population, vegans, vegetarians, gluten free guests, people with dietary restrictions; everybody! We wanted to give them the best healthy options Katie, Eric, …

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Bold City Pops

  The popsicle competition in Jax is strong but in a short time Bold City Pops has carved out a name and a very visible brand for themselves. With their unique and bright campers, Pearl and Scout you can spot Bold City Pops a mile away. Suzanah Raffield and Rhonda Stringfellow Ryan started Bold City Pops in 2014, and now they always seem to have quite a line for their flavors like Cookies & Cream and Hibiscus Ginger Lemon. Bold City Pops sources local ingredients as much as possible, and try to stick to seasonal flavors. Sorry to all the …

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Tidal Craft Ice – pops with a buzz

Love to savor the taste of craft cocktails and wish you didn’t have to leave your house, or pay $12 to enjoy one? So did Rhonda and Suzanah of Bold City Pops, so they found a solution and named it Tidal Craft Ice. Tidal Craft Ice is simple, yet it’s never done before. It’s best described as a cocktail cube, and it takes care of the fresh, specialty ingredients that make you delicious craft cocktails, and puts them right at your fingertips in your freezer. Here’s how it works, grab your cube of choice, add your favorite type of alcohol …

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Pie From The Sky

Baker is bustling around the quaint little kitchen, pausing to find a spot for a freshly baked strawberry pie to cool. A multi-level baker’s rack is brimming with flaky fruity and savory pies, the results of a productive morning. It’s a quiet Friday afternoon at , but tomorrow “will be a different beast” for National Day Pie. Then again, every day is pie day at Pie Heaven Café. Pie Heaven Café is a little slice of heaven situated in a charming blue cottage on Mayport Road. As owner and pie master, Hyde started the business in her kitchen to satisfy …

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Mocha Misk’I Brownie Shop

  A specialty brownie shop has just opened in Jacksonville. I repeat, a specialty brownie spot has just opened in town. Let our taste-buds rejoice! Mocha Misk’i is located on Laura Street, two doors down from the well-loved downtown Chamblins Bookmine location. Owned by sisters Pilar and Helga Langthorn, the shop specializes in rich fudgey brownies, and has options for vegans and those who are gluten free!  Among personalized messages made with brownie letters, Mocha Misk’i’s unique specialty item is the Brownie Roll. An inventive take on brownies, the Brownie Roll is inspired by sushi. Don’t worry, there’s no rice …

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Whit’s Custard at the Beaches

  Those seeking a new adventure in the sweet and cold might want to check out Whit’s Frozen Custard, with locations in Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach. While they are an out-state-chain, there’s not much in the area as far as premium frozen custard is concerned. (A google search reveals Rita’s, but many of their custards are ice cream custard mixes). Frozen custard is lower in fat and richer tasting than regular ice cream. This feat is achieved by the miracle of egg yolks added to the mix and a higher density than ice cream because less air is whipped …

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