Dessert in Jacksonville, FL
Known for its eclectic mix of pizza, pasta and sushi dishes, Jacksonville Beach’s Mixx is also favored for its gourmet desserts. The hands-down favorite: chocolate bread pudding made with semi-sweet chocolate chunks, cocoa powder and fresh cubed bread topped with caramelized bananas and served with homemade peanut butter ice cream. Other options are the lemon curd tart served with stewed blueberries and honey ricotta crunch ice cream; the chocolate budino with candied pecans and a sprinkling of grey sea salt; the pistachio crème brulee with ginger blackberry jam; and the cappuccino ice cream with dark cherry and chocolate chunks. Enjoy your pick with one of a wide selection of wines, sakes or beers including lots of domestics plus international choices from Japan, Germany, Holland, Italy, Scotland and elsewhere.
Located in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield, Tres Leches Desserts specializes in unique and affordable gourmet desserts and baked goods made from scratch with natural ingredients. You won’t find this stuff at your local grocer. Most requested sweet treats include the apple and walnut coffee cake, meringue cookies and Spanish bread. But when North Florida’s hot, humid temperatures get to be a bit too much, orders for the Caribbean lime pie flood in. The crust is a Spanish sweet cookie recipe and the filling is made with cold milk, egg yolks and fresh-squeezed limes. It’s topped with a sweetened soft meringue sprinkled with lime zest and sugar before it goes into the oven for not more than a minute – a deliciously invigorating treat for those dog days of summer.
With covered porch seating overlooking a beautiful lake, the Marche Burette Market & Deli at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a favorite stop for both locals and visitors. And everyone wants a taste of its famous hazelnut chocolate crunch cake, a recipe that’s been a signature dessert of Amelia Island for more than a decade. It’s a chocolate lover’s sweetest dream – a milk chocolate and praline crunch base filled with chocolate truffle mousse glazed in chocolate ganache. That’s a lot of chocolate on one plate – and the taste is worth every single calorie. Sneak a slice the porch with a glass of wine and the company of great friend, then take a full cake home to enjoy with the family.
In coastal Northeast Florida the salty sea air is as familiar and comforting a thing as an old friend. So a sweet treat with a touch of salty goodness always gets a second look from the locals. So much so that The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island’s Salt restaurant brings a morsel of its signature Salt Caramel to your table at the end of dinner. The rich, creamy caramel flavor is the perfect blend of salty and sweet, and the melt-in-your-mouth texture is smoother than most caramel treats. If your sweet tooth begs for more, the award-winning oceanfront restaurant also serves up sophisticated dessert selections like the Florida orange soufflé with Grand Marnier anglaise and a chocolate peanut butter mousse with raspberry jelly and dark chocolate sorbet. Your taste buds never had it so good.
Located in Jacksonville’s Italian-inspired, historic San Marco neighborhood, Taverna specializes in seasonal European cuisine, terroir-driven wines and craft beers. Oh, and then there’s the dessert selection. In keeping with Taverna’s philosophy of creating modern interpretations of classical comfort foods, the vanilla bean panna cotta is a customer favorite. It’s an old Northern Italy recipe made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, mixing it with gelatin and letting it cool until set, creating a light, silky-textured custard. The chef adds a modern, local touch with fresh Florida strawberries, Marcona almonds and lavender-thyme shortbread. Other favorites are the chocolate pave with whipped mascarpone and candied pistachios, the strawberry-balsamic gelato, or the zeppole doughnut fritter with cinnamon sugar and chocolate-espresso dipping sauce. A selection of dessert wines from Italy, France and Portugal finishes things off nicely.