Local Sweets

Claude’s Chocolates

For some of the finest chocolate made here in Florida, you’ll want to seek out . The chocolates are hand-made here on the First Coast from the finest Belgian base by Claude Franques. French-born Claude is a classically trained chef who has had experience in Manhattan, until the charm of won him away from the Big Apple. The chocolates he creates are very much in the European style with big, rich flavor. These are chocolates you savor, bites that take hold of your soul–if you’re into chocolate. He’s got standards in his retinue (ganache, truffles and bon bons) but there …

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Candy Apple Cafe

The Sweetest Things at Candy Apple & Sweet Pete’s

There’s quite a lot to see at Sweet Pete’s , 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 …

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5 F(x) Ice Cream and Taiyaki

  Tired of going to the grocery store and buying the same generic ice cream with a processed taste? Well, there is a local company here in Jacksonville named 5f(x) Ice Cream and Taiyaki where you can get your fix. What is 5f(x) you say? They produce the best kind of ice cream–homemade. Their ice cream is thicker, creamer and overall more delicious! 5f(x) was opened in March of 2012, originally named 3f(x) Ice Cream and Waffles. The company has four stores: two in Orlando and two in the Jacksonville area, at 9802 Baymeadows Rd #6 and at 10950 San …

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boating to the Zoo

The Trout River flows past the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens just before joining the  on its way to the . Being located on the river’s edge provides unique opportunities for educational river experiences not found at most zoos. Visitors can arrive via water and enjoy exhibits, educational displays, and events along the river; soon the zoo will feature a manatee rescue center. Here are some more of the great things about having a riverfront zoo.Paddle to the Zoo  Did you know that you can access the Jacksonville Zoo from the water? Arrive in style to the Jacksonville Zoo via the …

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