Pack Your Sweet Tooth
Is St. Augustine the patron saint of ice cream? Is Ponte Vedra Beach more popular for its shark teeth or sweet tooth? A visit to Florida’s Historic Coast will provide some delicious answers.
It’s inevitable that you’ll be strolling along St. George Street one day when it hits you. That craving for something sweet. Something cold. Maybe something really different. You’re in luck. Here are a few of our favorite sweet treats.
Tedi's Ice Cream
Tedi's Ice Cream on St. George Street is the oldest ice cream shop in St. Augustine. Known for its delicious homemade ice creams and waffle cones made daily, Tedi’s is also a favorite for its hand-squeezed refreshing lemonade to cool off on hot summer days.
Ben & Jerry's & More
Famous for its Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s is always a favorite and continues to delight with new flavor inventions. Mayday Ice Cream on St. George Street offers handcrafted ice creams with flavors ranging from Key Lime Pie to Queen Salted Caramel, while Kilwin's Ice Cream will draw you in with its classic chocolates, fudge and ice cream selections.
Cafe del Hidalgo & The Spanish Bakery and Cafe
Further down the street, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time when you step into the charming old-world building that houses Cafe del Hidalgo, the place for homemade gelatos made from an old family recipe. While The Spanish Bakery and Cafe has authentic homemade desserts and pastries to compliment your coffee.
The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
An iconic shop on Charlotte Street, The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops is a local favorite for its hand made all-natural ice pops made from everything under the sun. These are truly different. Try the Mango Habanero, Pistachio Coconut, Strawberry Datil, Blueberry Cheesecake, and any one of 450 flavors they’ve developed, all made with the freshest natural ingredients.
Whetstone Chocolate Tasting Tours
At Whetstone Chocolate Tasting Tours on King Street, you can taste freshly made chocolates and confections while you walk through the factory. Definitely a “must-do” for the chocoholic who appreciates the finest dark, milk and white chocolate confections around.
Claude's Chocolates is a small batch, hand-crafted chocolatier of bonbons and truffles on Granada Street. Using Belgium chocolate, the freshest ingredients, and natural ingredients free from preservatives, Claude’s also has a selection of gourmet ice pops, gelato, coffees and hot chocolate.
The Donut Experiment
Walking west of the downtown area on King Street will lead you to The Donut Experiment! Create your own tasty treat with freshly made cake donuts accompanied with a huge selection of icings and toppings to choose from. The Key Lime and Maple Bacon are two of our favorites!
While you’re shopping along Aviles Street, the oldest street in the U.S., be sure to stop in at the colorful Peace Pie for the ultimate artisan ice cream sandwich made with homemade ice cream and a layer of pie filling, brownies and caramel.
Creme de la Cocoa & Christy’s Dream Ice Cream
Further uptown, Creme de la Cocoa offers cakes, chocolates, dessert and ice cream. Try the French macarons--they’re as colorful and beautiful to look at as they are to eat. At kid-friendly Christy’s Dream Ice Cream in the Sawgrass Village Shopping Center at Ponte Vedra Beach the ice cream is made from scratch right on site.
Need to cool off at the beach? Head to Coneheads for a classic ice cream cone, or top off a day at the beach with a refreshing ice from Rita's Italian Ice, both at St. Augustine Beach. The kids won’t want to leave, but there’s way more sweet goodness to discover on Florida’s Historic Coast.