Sweet Frog?s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ?n? cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti?d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
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.
The Hyppo Cart, which hangs out in the St. John’s Town Shopping Center, is a spinoff of the original Hyppo in Saint Augustine. This gourmet popsicle truck got its start from simple fresh fruit, cane sugar and other freshly-made, interesting ingredients. Fashioned after paletas, which are Latin American ice pops made from fresh fruit and spices, flavors are as diverse as cucumber lemon mint, melon and cracked pepper. Fully-realized iterations like the Elvis combine peanut butter, honey and banana, while a Mexican Hot Chocolate version uses cocoa, cinnamon and cayenne. The Hyppo cart also offers gourmet sandwiches and salads, Bold Bean coffees and espresso, tea, agave sodas and baked goods. From its humble beginnings, the pops have gained a loyal following and bring about arguments of favorite flavors among its fans.
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.