The friendly staff at MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery churns dozens of creamy flavors fresh each day before enhancing frozen creations with inventive mix-ins and toppings. They power through shivers to fold nuts, candy, and fruit into ice-cream varieties such as chocolate banana, and sprinkle sugary toppings over ice-cream pizzas, one of MaggieMoo's signature creations. Aside from other avant-garde dessert offerings—which include ice-cream cupcakes—the staff slings frozen favorites including cones, creamy milkshakes, and ice-cream cakes.
Occasional appearances by Miss Maggie Moo, the business's iconic cow, delight customers. She also lends her services to fundraising efforts for local schools and charities.
Dreamette has been serving classic dipped cones, milkshakes, and sundaes to its many fans in the Jacksonville community since 1948. Mosey up to the mosey-up window for a classic soft-serve cone dipped in one of several flavors, including chocolate, cotton candy, blue raspberry, and strawberry (starting at $1.70). Or pump some potassium into your electro-light sweet tooth with a banana split (starting at $4.25). A vast assortment of sundaes and milkshakes (starting at $3.15)—including the butterfinger milkshake topped with walnuts and the Blue Hawaiian, a mixture of pineapple, coconut, dancing smurfs, and banana—also takes shape behind the counter.
Smoothie King, at the St. Johns Town Center on the south side, is one of the top smoothie brands in Jacksonville. Known for its thick, delicious and creamy smoothies, Smoothie King offers a mega menu of flavors like strawberry kiwi and carrot kale, made with natural juice, real fruit and vegetables. Customers can also get enhancers for things like weight loss, muscle building, energy and protein replacement. Smoothie King also offers snacks like energy bars and high protein cookies, as well as a wide variety of supplements for all health needs and goals. With bright yellow walls, overhead lighting, pristine counters and colorful board menus above the counter, the smoothie shop feels light and airy. There are a few tables and chairs, but most shoppers grab their smoothie to go.
Yobe Frozen Yogurt in the Avondale Shopping district is a chain froyo spot with several locations throughout Jacksonville. This delicious, sweet, creamy frozen yogurt has found a loyal following, thanks to its fat free nature and sweet finish. Yobe, like most fast-casual yogurt shops, offers a handful of flavors that switch up daily, including salted caramel and blueberry swirl taro. Toppings run from healthy to decadent, with granola giving way to Captain Crunch, mochi and the usual array of chocolate chips, gummies, sprinkles and peanut butter pieces. The small shop sports lime green walls, large hanging lantern lights, white Lucite tables and chairs and scant patio seating out front. Yobe is not self-serve, however, so the counter person handles your topping needs.
When the founders of 3 Sisters Chocolate & Bakery sought the perfect inspiration for their chocolate shop, they looked no further than three sisters they knew—one really creative, one really sweet, and one a perfectionist. When they founded 3 Sisters Chocolate & Bakery more than a decade ago, they combined these ideals to craft creative, sweet treats from family recipes with supreme attention to detail. Today, the 3 Sisters repertoire includes gourmet cupcakes, brownies, and decadent truffles. It also features the unexpected, such as chocolate pizzas and shoes, adding to the shop's mantra that chocolate is an experience, not just something to eat or pump through an IV.
Without a job, single mother Gwen Willhite was facing a difficult situation. But a sweet solution relieved her tough times: she assembled homemade cookies into a more sugary version of the bouquet, an idea she thought would be perfect for gift-giving. The concept was a hit, and within a few years, the business she called Cookie Bouquet had become a franchise. Willhite's company, now called Cookies By Design, continues to churn out edible bouquets, alongside cookie cakes and cookies in flavors such as white-chocolate pecan, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin. Cookies By Design has expanded to many locations across the US, where staffers at each hub freshly bake and hand-decorate each creation.