What are the best places for dessert in Jacksonville?

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Natalie Wearstler

Sugar is a part of daily life in the South, and you'll find plenty of places to enjoy it in Jacksonville. Here are a few places that I recommend to satisfy a sweet tooth:

Chocolate-covered popcorn from Peterbrooke Chocolatier is a Jacksonville tradition. It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and with locations in practically every neighborhood, you're never too far from the addictive treat. It's also worth popping into the shops every now and then to try samples, enjoy a scoop of ice cream and see what new chocolate-coated creations are in the works — last time I visited, chocolate-covered wine bottles were a hot new item.

Sweet Pete's in Springfield was started by the son of the candy maven behind Peterbrooke. This brightly-colored mansion looks like it was pulled straight from the board game "Candyland." Inside, you'll find handmade lollipops, truffles, cotton candy and more. The candy-making classes are also a hit with kids and adults alike.

The Dreamette is a Murray Hill landmark. The walk-up ice cream window has been serving banana splits, sundaes and milkshakes since 1948. On particularly hot days, the line may stretch around the corner. It's worth the wait. Bring cash, as the original location doesn't take credit cards; however, the second location in Mandarin will accept your plastic.

The cake display at Biscottis in Avondale draws Jaxsons from all over Duval County to the quaint bistro. You could share a slice with a friend, but these treats may bring out possessive qualities in your dining companion — it's best to get one slice per person and mix up the flavors so you get twice the deliciousness.

Just a few months before I left Jacksonville, I discovered Threef(x) in Baymeadows. Even though I only went a few times, I crave the house-made ice cream on a weekly basis. The friendly shop employees will make ice cream right before your eyes on the anti-griddle, and you can choose any flavor add-ins that you'd like. Add a fresh taiyaki to your order, too. The whimsical fish-shaped waffles are stuffed with fillings like apples and cinnamon or nutella, and they're a perfect complement to the fresh ice cream treats.

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