Sweet Pete's Candy
Sweet Pete's Candy in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, feels a lot like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. This whimsical candy heaven is 23,000 square feet and three floors of sweets. It has a little bit of everything for every sweet tooth. The store was started by "Sweet Pete," a candy lover also known as Pete Behringer. It is one of the biggest candy shops in the United States. When he was young, Sweet Pete started working in the candy business by helping his mother with her own chocolate business. In 2010, he opened Sweet Pete's because he loved candy so much. He wanted to give candy lovers of all ages a unique, fun place to go.
When people go inside, they see a rainbow of sweets as far as the eye can see. From classic candies and chocolates to unusual sweets and treats made by hand, the store has a huge and varied collection. The store is known for its sea salt caramels, bright lollipops, and delicious truffles, all of which are made by hand with natural, high-quality ingredients. But what really sets Sweet Pete's apart are its hands-on classes on how to make candy. People can learn the art and science of making candy in these classes, which are taught by experts in the field. People can try making chocolate bars, lollipops, gummy treats, and more. It's a fun activity for families, couples, and anyone with a sweet tooth.
The decadent dessert bar is on the third floor of Sweet Pete's. Here, guests can enjoy a wide range of sweets, from gourmet cupcakes and cookies to their famous candy-infused ice cream. If you want to try something different, the dessert bar also has regular dishes that have a sweet twist, like their famous candy apple nachos. A charming event space is right next to the dessert bar. This space is often used for birthday parties, business events, and even weddings. It's a great place for a sweet and memorable party because it's decorated with candy and has a happy vibe.
Sweet Pete's has tried to bring sweetness to the whole neighborhood, not just inside its walls. They have a lot of field trips, candy-making camps, and reading programs for kids. This encourages kids to love learning and be creative. A trip to Sweet Pete's Candy is more than just a shopping trip; it's a journey into a world of sweets and fun. As you look at the bright rows of candies, make your own sweet masterpiece, or enjoy a decadent treat at the dessert bar, you'll be immersed in the joy and wonder of candy-making. Whether you've always loved candy or you're still a kid at heart, a trip to Sweet Pete's Candy will be as sweet as it is memorable.