Heather Jackson helms Aperitif Catering, where she and her staff whip up made-to-order goodies in the form of cupcakes, chicken pot pies, turkey and goat-cheese sandwiches, and gourmet cheese platters. Whether they’re catering small weddings or whisking lunches to corporate meetings inside of boxes—one of the hardest places to hold a corporate meeting—they pride themselves on their professionalism and fresh cuisine.
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.
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.
Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats is the frosty brainchild of husband-and-wife team Brian and CeCe Moore, who took inspiration from CeCe's childhood memories of making homemade blackberry ice cream with her grandmother on hot summer nights. CeCe's own sweet treats have adopted a decidedly healthy spin thanks to probiotic-, calcium-, and protein-packed frozen yogurts, many of which are made without high-fructose corn syrup or help from a genie. A rotating line-up of 75, mostly fat-free flavors includes everything from cupcake batter and old-fashioned butter brickle, to peach-tree tart and pomeberry sorbet, with sugar-free options also on tap. A topping bar brimming with fresh fruits and dry toppings such as cheesecake and granola awaits to accessorize the swirly sustenance, allowing treats to be built to suit any taste, budget, diet, or New Year's resolution to eat more hot fudge.
This Southside sweets shop in St. John’s Town Center shopping plaza is a pastel wonderland. With gleaming, curved glass-topped counters filled with freshly baked colorful sweets, this cupcakery is known for its light, fluffy original cupcakes – and for the lines that often form out front. The crowds exist for a reason; Owner Holly Wilder has won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars twice, and sells many of her most famous confections on site at Sweet!, including creamsicle, key lime and chocolate peanut butter. The shop, with its red and chrome chairs and white tabletops, brings miniature, classic and original-sized cupcakes to Jacksonville masses, alongside gluten-free versions in store and specially ordered sugar-free renditions.
On & Poppin' East Coast Gourmet Popcorn Co. pops and delivers popcorn in every flavor imaginable, including cheese, fruit, candy, dessert, and soda. Customers can create their own tins?brimming with cotton-candy, tangerine, and garlic-parmesan popcorn?or opt for a whole fistful of root-beer-flavored snacks. If you can't find a favorite among the hundreds of listed choices, On & Poppin' East Coast Gourmet Popcorn Co. can also make custom flavors based off your descriptions with 24 hours' notice.