We went for a fun field trip to Sweet Pete's, a local chocolate factory, candy store, and restaurant, The Candy Apple Cafe.Everyone had a great time learning and being involved in the making of strawberry taffy.
Sweet Pete's is located in the old Seminole Club building in downtown Jacksonville next to City Hall and Hemming Plaza. Victoria and I started our day with a monorail ride to Hemming Plaza, a visit to the Main library and a delicious coffee from a coffee truck in Hemming Plaza, then off to meet up with our group.
|This is for Alena - we thought she would like it!|
|Shawn was an amazing tour guide, funny, educational and witty. Here they are heating up the concoction to the left of the stage and the kids picked their flavor for the taffy.|
|The strawberry flavor and natural beet juice for coloring was used...|
|We could smell the taffy in the back of the room...so sweet.|
|The marble slab is used to cool the candy.|
|The spatulas assist the candy maker in moving the candy around the marble slab so it does not harden.|
|Then, it is pulled to get air out of the taffy, as it is pulled the color will lighten and the taffy will be almost ready to finish.|
|The kids got to finish their project, pull their taffy, roll it into long strands, cut it and wrap it the old-fashioned way. Chewy and delicious!|
|This is the second floor balcony with a One Spark hydroponic project that is really amazing!|
We also got to tour the factory which was really fun and watch them make chocolate covered pretzels and caramel covered popcorn! Yummy!!
|We finished the day with another ride on the Skyway, Jacksonville's monorail. It was actually pretty busy everytime we rode it and it was extremely convenient to get from place to place.|