Review: Sweet Jane's Whoopie Pies in Silver Springs


If you find yourself traveling in the Silver Springs area you are sure to see large signs on the side of the road advertising "Whoopie Pies." Well, we saw them over the weekend and decided to stop in and check them out.

Sweet Jane's Candy Store is located at 2774 NE 102nd Ave in Silver Springs. It's right off the road where there the Wilderness RV Resort is located. 

We stopped in to see how the Whoppie Pies are that Jane makes. The store itself is a lovely little candy store that has a huge variety of candy, many of them unique or nostalgic pieces that I haven't seen in years. Some things I had never seen before. If you have a sweet tooth, you can't help but to love this little store. Jane, who makes the little sweet gems, has been making them for over four decades.

But we came for the Whoopie Pies, so we passed the candy up and went straight to the display case of the pies. There were numerous varieties to choose from, including chocolate with vanilla, chocolate with cherry, chocolate with mint, German chocolate, key lime pie, and many others. My husband and daughter decided to get the chocolate with vanilla, I got the chocolate with cherry, and my son opted for the key lime pie. They offer both a regular size Whoppie Pie and one that is smaller. But it's only 75 cents more for the larger one, and it's quite a big bigger, so we opted for those. The larger ones were $3.25 each, plus tax.

We paid up and headed out to the car and got back on the road. It didn't take us but minutes to break into our treat. Yum! That was the first thing that came to my mind. They were so good! The cake part was nice and moist and tasted great. The frosting filling inside was just the right amount of sweetness and added a nice contrasting taste to the cake part. We loved them!

I will say that the large one is pretty big and it was a lot to eat. Granted, we all still did it, but we did feel we could have used one that was a bit smaller. Still, the next size down seems too small, so I'd buy the larger size again the next time.

We don't go through that area often, but I have a feeling that when we do we will be stopping off at Sweet Jane's to grab some Whoopie Pies. They were delicious. Two thumbs up for Sweet Jane's Whoopie Pies in Silver Springs!

- Jacqueline


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Metro Diner Daytona Beach review


The Daytona area has so many restaurants to choose from, but how do you know which one to visit when you want a great experience, better than excellent service, and meals that will make you feel more than satisfied? Metro Diner, located at 1702 W International Speedway Blvd, should be the next restaurant you choose to dine at.

My husband and I had the pleasure of trying the diner for dinner for the first time. Upon arrival, the hostess and assistant manager greeted us and our request for a booth was made available immediately. Every table had a candle lit for a welcoming experience. As we sat down, I couldn’t help but notice the well dressed couple sitting next to us. They had ordered the fried chicken which looked so crispy, yet tender. It didn’t look like the typical fried chicken you’d get anywhere. I learned that Metro Diner is well known for their fried chicken and waffles with strawberry butter. My husband ordered the fried chicken dinner plate, which was served with creamy, velvety mashed potatoes and vegetables.

 I opted to take the advice from our waitress and ordered the shrimp and grits. It is grilled shrimp and sausage in a decedent cream sauce served with two grit cakes. The shrimp and grits dish is unlike any I’ve tried elsewhere. The shrimp and grits at Metro Diner were bursting with the most savory flavors and will leave you salivating for more. 

Not that we saved room for dessert, but we ordered the cinnamon roll pancakes too! We had to try them as they were highlighted on the menu as a bestselling item.  They were light, fluffy, buttery, and had icing to top them. We had three to-go boxes needless to say that evening.

 The service at Metro Diner was better than you’d find at any 5-star restaurant. They offer a variety of choices on the menu; no matter what you or your family are in the mood for, chances are they have it. The waitress that served us was friendly and made great suggestions. The assistant manager greeted every customer at their table and was active in serving food as well.

I give 5 out of 5 stars to Metro Diner of Daytona Beach for their flavorful food and first-rate service!

Review by: Kelly Lariosa, New Smyrna Beach


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