The chocolatesmiths at Fantastic Fudge meld together slabs of rich fudge in an old-fashioned copper kettle using a recipe that's more than a century old. Sink sweet teeth into chocolate and nuts with a half-pound slice ($6.50) of maple-walnut fudge. Rocky road, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate pecan also populate the roster of delectable convections. Delicious saltwater taffy ($4.91 for 3/4 lb. box), unlike a shoe full of baby flip-flops, pleasantly commemorates time spent on the beach. Fantastic Fudge also whips up tasty assortments, such as a half-pound bag of peanut brittle ($4.91) and a one-third pound bag of chocolate popcorn ($5).
Former New York bakery owners Tom and Patty Verri and their staff at Patty Cakes Bakery craft savory desserts and pastries using centuries-old Italian family recipes, including an array of cupcake flavors baked fresh daily. Set chompers loose on the M&M cupcakes crowned with candy-coated chocolate gems, or bite into a peanut-butter-cup confection as decadent as a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of cannoli cream filling. The Chocolate Craze cupcakes satisfy cocoa cravings with sweet decadence, and the Florida Snowball cupcakes satisfy sweet teeth and combat the inevitable brain freeze from consuming an entire snowman. After making 12 cupcakes disappear, diners can cleanse frosting-infused palates with sips of hot coffee ($1.79–$1.99), milk ($1.79), or seasonal hot cider ($1.79; beverages not included in this Groupon).
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.
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.