Jacksonville, Fla., boasts amazing waterways, incredible restaurants and luxurious shopping destinations. You might be surprised to learn that she’s also home to the “Sweetest Destination on Earth."
Whether young or old, if you’re craving a sweet treat, then follow your taste buds to the virtual candy palace that is Sweet Pete’s candy shop.
Bold colors and sparkling chandeliers transport you to a real-life candy land — Photo courtesy of Dennis Evans / Sweet Pete's
Situated in the heart of Jacksonville’s downtown, Sweet Pete’s is a part of an ongoing movement to rejuvenate the urban core. Newly relocated to its stunning home in the historic Seminole Club building, Sweet Pete’s is a 22,000-square-foot facility that welcomes every age to enjoy the ultimate candy experience.
The decor is at once elegant and decadent, transporting you to a chic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory scene, or a magical piece of the board game Candy Land.
Bold colors bounce from the walls, while striking chandeliers drip like candy-colored gems from the ceiling. Natural hardwood floors give way to chessboard checkers, while larger-than-life furnishings showcase sugary concoctions as only Sweet Pete’s can conjure up.
A trip to Sweet Pete's is not complete without a visit to the Dessert Bar — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Hundreds of varieties of gourmet candies and chocolates line the shelves and aisles of Sweet Pete’s, from old-fashioned lollipops to the signature Sea Salt Caramel Corn.
Purchase ready-to-go packages of peanut butter melt-aways, malt balls, taffy and chocolate-covered nuts. Or, head to the second level for by-the-pound selections like jelly beans and a rainbow of other novelties.
Sweet Pete’s also caters to those with special dietary concerns, offering gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and even sugar-free treats.
Sweet Pete's is a virtual candy palace — Photo courtesy of Dennis Evans / Sweet Pete's
A trip to Sweet Pete’s isn’t complete without a stop at the Dessert Bar for a cupcake, cookie or giant scoop of ice cream, the ideal spot for any celebration.
In fact, the location is perfect for events large and small. From the patio off the Dessert Bar to the Licorice Lounge or third-story ballroom area, there's room for all you can imagine, from birthday parties to wedding receptions and so much more.
Want to learn more about the magic behind your favorite treats? Weekly field trips inspire school children in “Sweet Science” classes, where experiments turn into sugary delights. Adults can get in the action as well, with taffy, lollipop and truffle classes offered for the inner confectioner in all of us.
Sweet Pete's has a large variety of gourmet candies, perfect for any sweet tooth — Photo courtesy of Amy West
The mission of Sweet Pete’s is to reach every sweet tooth by creating a variety of treats for every taste and dietary need. This passion was inspired by Sweet Pete’s own passion for the confectionery industry and early experience in the field.
After two decades of honing his craft in his mother’s chocolate store, Pete set out to launch the ultimate candy destination. That vision comes to life at Sweet Pete’s candy shop, which presently welcomes hundreds through its doors daily.
To enjoy the full scope of the location and get a bird’s-eye view of the factory itself, be sure to request a tour of the location to learn more about how all the magic began.
Inspiring smiles on every face that walks through the door, Sweet Pete’s is truly “The Sweetest Destination on Earth," a destination that’s perfect for a date night, shopping day or a special day out for the whole family.
Get a bird's-eye view of the factory where the magic is born — Photo courtesy of Amy West