I have a major sweet-tooth, like out of this world. I have always said that it’s almost as if I have two stomachs; my “regular food stomach”, & my “sweets stomach”. What I mean by that is that I can be totally full, where I cannot take a single bite more of dinner (or whatever), but then like two minutes later I’m super ready for dessert. I love cookies, muffins, brownies, cakes, & other baked goods but my favorite way to satisfy my sweet craving is through candy. I mean just ask my husband, he’s pulled many-a-late-night-candy-runs for me over the years (love ya babe). Once I received news of a gourmet candy shop in my town w a good number of vegan options, I knew I had to check it out. Sweet Pete’s is a candy-lover’s dream. Let me show you…
Sweet Pete’s is located in a historic building in downtown Jacksonville, Fl. The building is a vast 23,000sq feet, making it one of the largest candy shops in the US. The interior is bold, colorful, & fun. There are many rainbow colored chandeliers hanging over head, & gorgeous mid-century modern furniture pieces done in totally unexpected colors. It’s so quirky – I love it! Each floor of the building has something unique to offer. Floor one has the Candy Apple Café, which offers farm to table cuisine. Breakfast & Brunch styled food is offered all day. There isn’t a ton of variety for vegans, but there are a few things. The “Vegan Hash”, which consist of roasted red potatoes, wild mushrooms, haricot vert baby carrots & wilted spinach w romesco sauce is really yummy. I love anything potato & the sauce packs an amazing flavor! See the full menu here. Seating is indoor/outdoor. Floor one also hosts the chocolate section aka my favorite section! Tons of chocolate confections can be found here. A good number of the dark chocolate candies are vegan, just be sure to ask for a list. Some of my favorites include; dark chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate strawberry creams, dark chocolate raspberry creams, & peanut butter meltaways. Zo recommends the dark chocolate key lime pie as well as the almond brittle bark. Boxed chocolates, & other freshly made vegan goodies include; lollypops & taffy (mmm!).
On the second floor, one can find an ice cream parlor (no vegan options yet, but I strongly encourage vegans to email w a request for vegan-friendly options!) & old-fashioned sodas & juices. There’s also a room w vintage toys & games – so fun! Another balcony can be found on floor two which keeps with the colorful & eccentric design elements. You can schedule a tour to view how some of the candy is made. The behind-the-scenes tour reminds me of “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory”, no oompa-loompas though, unfortunately. There is, however, a real golden ticket from the movie displayed in one of the tour rooms, which is pretty cool!
The third & final floor is an open space that’s available for both private events as well as candy-making workshops. This place would be great for a child’s birthday party, or let’s get real, any age birthday party. Sweet Pete’s offers a variety of candy-making workshops for people of all ages. Lorenzo & I had the opportunity to design our own candy bars, which was pretty cool. They marked off everything that wasn’t a vegan option & we still had plenty of yummy things to choose from. Zo ended up going w a dark chocolate candy bar w almonds, toasted coconut, & cayenne. I decided to go w a dark chocolate candy bar w sandwich cookies, toasted coconut, & sea salt caramels. We both thought they were delicious & I’m sad we don’t have anymore! We DO, however, have some more filled chocolates & so I’m going to hurry up & wrap this post up so I can go eat some.
In closing, this place is super neat & the candy is super yummy. I definitely recommend that anyone living in or visiting Jacksonville, Fl pops in to Sweet Pete’s! PS. Question of the day – are you more of a chocolate candy person or a fruity candy person? I’m both 🙂