Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal in Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest and largest markets and has been around for over a century. It houses a wide variety of restaurants. Most importantly the market has quite a large and incredible selection of locally grown produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus some of the finest seafood, cheeses, and of course baked goods, and confections. For this reason, I had to let you know about the must-have desserts at Reading Terminal Market.

Although this wasn’t my first time at the Reading Terminal Market, it was my first time trying the desserts. Mainly due to the fact that whenever I had a chance to stop by the market, I normally just grabbed candy or fresh fruits and vegetables. As I’ve stated before, Reading Terminal Market has a lot of different shops and baked goods and confections are no exception to the rules. The market has over a dozen shops that caters to any sweet tooth. I got a chance to check out four {4} of those incredible shops; Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Termini Brothers, Flying Monkey Bakery and Bassetts Ice Cream.

Reading Terminal Market is organized in grid system, spanning 78,000 square feet! Therefore, I would suggest using the maps provided before you begin exploring, as you really could get a bit lost. I’ve been to the market quite a few times and still have to use a map.

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Famous 4th Street Cookie Company

First of all my dessert adventure began at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. This cookie shop has been in the mix since the 1980’s and continues to use the same recipes they started out with. As the name suggests, they focus on one thing; luscious, chewy, fresh-baked cookies. For one thing Famous 4th Street Cookie Company prides themselves on making home-made cookies, as they do not use any preservatives or additives in their cookies, which I love. They may have started out with only one really great flavor; Chocolate Chip cookie with genuine Hershey’s chocolate, but over the years they’ve added over a dozen flavors to the menu! All of which you can get at the Reading Terminal Market.

Given the fact that they use premium ingredients in their cookies, not only are they yummy, they are twice as big as your grandma’s cookies. I was even surprised by the size, given the fact that I’ve been to quite a few cookie shops over the years. I decided to order four cookies; sugar cookie, chocolate macadamia oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip walnut.  The latter of which are best sellers. I knew I would love the sugar cookie and oatmeal raisin, and wow did they prove me right! I recommend trying all four, as Qi liked the chocolate macadamia and chocolate chip walnut.

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

WHERE: 12th Street and Filbert Entrance

PRICE POINT: $2

CUISINE: Fresh baked Home-made Cookies

STAFF:  Very nice, accommodating

Termini Brothers

Around the corner was the famous and very decadent cannolis from the Termini Brothers. I’m not sure why, but every time I hear the name I immediately think; Luigi and Mario. Weird fact, I know. Anyways let me tell you why I’m impressed by the Termini Brothers; their long standing tradition of using the same recipes and the same tables as their grandfathers! A tradition which has been upheld for over 90 years. They have yet to waiver from making quality Sicilian sweets, especially cannolis. Though the cannolis may be the best seller, they were originally known for their wedding cakes in the 1920s. Termini Brothers makes a variety of pastries, cakes and confections, but of course I had to try their cannoli.

Though they were really busy, one of their amazing employee gave a bit of a backstory about the cannoli. The shell is made from a special wine and of course it’s filled with decadent, but light ricotta cheese. I truly enjoyed my cannoli and will continue to eat Termini Brothers’ famous cannoli. Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

WHERE:12th Street and Filbert Entrance

PRICE POINT: $3

CUISINE: Wedding cakes, Cannolis and more baked goods

STAFF:  Very pleasant, informative, busy

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Flying Monkey Bakery

Banana cake, crumb cake, brownies, whoopie pies, too name it, Flying Monkey Bakery got it. Most of all they have butter cake; the one thing that I went there for. Established in 2010 by Elizabeth Halen, her  sweet little shop thrives of using fresh and real ingredients in all baked goods.  They are open seven {7} days a week in the busy Reading Terminal.

After chatting a bit with an employee there about Flying Monkey’s baked goods, I was finally able to try the butter cake. In spite of the name, the butter cake isn’t actually considered a cake but a bar. Butter cake is made from; butter of  course with a few other fresh ingredients; cream cheese and sugar. The butter cake is sliced up and served cold. Although I liked the texture, as it reminded me of a soft sugar cookie, I’m not a fan. I found it to be a bit too sweet, plus I don’t like pastries cold, except for ice cream of course. The butter cake will still remain a best seller for sure, but on my next visit to the Flying Monkey Bakery, I’ll be having the whoopie pie.

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WHERE:  Arch Street Entrance

PRICE POINT: $4

CUISINE: Whoopie Pies, Cakes and more freshly baked goodies

STAFF: Pleasant, accommodating

Bassetts Ice Cream

Last but definitely not least, I stopped at Bassetts Ice Cream, well because you already know, I adore ice cream. Now this isn’t just any ice cream company, in fact it is the oldest in the country; established in 1861. Five generations later the company is still owned by the same family; the Bassetts. Founder Lewis Dubois Bassett began making ice cream using a mule-turned churn. In 1892 Bassetts ice cream became one of the first store to open in the new Reading Terminal Market and has been there ever since.

Bassetts ice cream shop is always busy and the day I went was no different. However as busy as they were a couple of the employees who were very helpful. Bassetts Ice Cream has over forty {40} different ice cream flavors, which I was excited about. I had a chance to sample one of the best sellers; Salted Caramel Pretzel. Philadelphia is the home of the pretzels, hence why that flavor is loved. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t;’t a strong salted caramel flavor. It reminded me more of vanilla.

I decided to go with the Guatemalan Ripple. A unique flavor made from Guatemalan coffee, mocha fudge and mini coffee-filled chocolates. It was yummy and the coffee flavor was strong. The ice cream was smooth, but on a hot summer day was melting way too fast. I really enjoyed my experience at Bassetts Ice Cream and will absolutely be back to try more of their unique flavors.

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

 

WHERE:  12th Street and Filbert Entrance

PRICE POINT: $5

CUISINE: Frozen Desserts

STAFF:  Pleasant, busy

Now that we’ve covered the Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market, comment below if you’ve ever tried any of these yummy desserts.

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Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal MarketMust-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

Must-Have Desserts At Reading Terminal Market

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