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A Sweet Visit To Sweet Pete’s

Amazing candy store!

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…

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store!

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!).

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store

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!

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store

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.

Amazing candy store!

Amazing candy store

Amazing candy store!

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 🙂

XOXO, Kara

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