Do you ever get a sudden craving for an Oreo milkshake? Or some sweet gelato? Maybe you want a sweet and salty combo, like chicken and waffles. If your mouth is starting to water or you’re wondering where to treat your special someone for a sweet date night in Jax Beach, read on for our top picks.
Cookies and Creme
Ever since Cookies and Creme arrived in Jax Beach in 2019, locals can’t get enough. Aside from being one of the only dessert shops with late-night hours, Cookies and Creme also has the advantage of making your experience unique with hand-crafted cookie and ice cream sandwiches. Making fresh cookies every day and whipping up their own ice cream, this couple-owned business’ goal is “baking the beach a better place.” 5-11 p.m. Closed Monday. 241 N 13th Ave. Jacksonville Beach, FL // @cncjaxbeach
With cakes, cookies, donuts, and all other types of pastries galore, Cinotti’s Bakery is where it is at. Cinotti’s is especially known for their autumn donuts, which are in such demand you must call and reserve them. Aside from the sweet fixings, they also offer breakfast, lunch, bakery tours, catering and seasonal events. 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. 1523 Penman Rd, Jacksonville Beach, FL // @cinottisbakery
Makenu, which translates to “trial or imperfection” in Maori, is what shop owners Tucker Juan and Jessica Diebel consider to be the start of their journey in creating this sweet shop. Makenu Chocolate offers single origin chocolate, sea salt chocolate, dark chocolate with roasted nibs and all the chocolate types you can name. With amazing protein chocolate balls as a part of the mix, Makenu is a great spot to satisfy your sweet tooth or give a tasty gift to your sweetheart. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 30 Seminole Rd, Atlantic Beach, FL // @makenuchocolate
Mayday Ice Cream
Mayday’s ice cream will put the spring in your step with their created artisan flavors and toppings. The name originates from a story about WWII vets, who would fly into such freezing cold temperatures they started to create ice on their actual planes. With hand-crafted ice cream, homemade sprinkles, homemade waffles cones and pints-to-go, it is no wonder that Mayday locations continue to pop up over town. 12-10 p.m. 1198 Beach Blvd, Suite 7, Jacksonville Beach, FL // @maydayicecream
Mini Bar Donuts
Latté and donut lovers will truly feel treated at Mini Bar. Instead of offering your standard-sized donuts, Mini Bar offers mini donuts in packages of three, six and nine. Plus, they offer unique coffee creations from your standard black coffee and expand to a coconut cereal milk-based latté. To top it all off, you can also purchase beer. If you don’t want to wait in line for a simple coffee, there is a Mini Bar drive-through. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.1300 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL // 10618 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL // @minibardonuts
If you want to try something a little different, then New Orleans shaved ice at Pelican’s SnoBalls is for you. Pelican’s has 100 flavors to choose from (yes, 100) and has been in the Jax Beach area for 20 years. If a SnoBall with pink cotton candy and skylight shaved ice sounds good, give Pelican’s a try. Or, if you are a parent and want to have a special event for your child, Pelican’s regularly caters kiddie events at pretty affordable rates. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 1029 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL // @pelicansjaxbeach
Whether you are on the hunt for a sweet treat or looking to make someone feel extra special with a delicious gift, you can’t go wrong with these sweet shops through Jax Beach. Grab your spoon and your pals — dessert is served.
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