The Best Chocolate Desserts in Town

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Max Brenner's Euphoria Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sundae

Philadelphia’s penchant for artisanal chocolates dates all the way back to Benjamin Franklin, who was known to sell locally-made chocolates in his Market Street print shop. However, chocolate has come a long way since 1739. In honor of American Chocolate Week (March 14–20), we put together a list of the four most notorious chocolate hubs in Philadelphia.

Max Brenner
Wholly dedicated to sweets, Max Brenner offers an entire chocolate menu, as well as a chocolate bar stocked with chocolate pizza, chocolate pancakes, chocolate burgers (served with strawberry ketchup and vanilla cream mustard), chocolate bagels, and more. 1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150

Philly Chocolate
From the founders of Philly Cupcake comes Philly Chocolate, a self-proclaimed “dessert lover’s paradise.” The menu of homemade chocolates changes daily, but items include chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate vodka shooters, chocolate-covered Nutter Butters, Oreos, and Rice Krispies treats on a stick, and even chocolate-covered Swedish Fish. 1315 Walnut St., 215-545-2040

Stephen Starr is no stranger to decadence, but with Buddakan’s dessert menu, he really outdoes himself. Favorite desserts include the Crying Chocolate, a warm chocolate cake with a gooey center and a scoop of Vietnamese coffee ice cream, and The Chocolate Bento Box, filled with a chocolate pagoda, cashew candy bar, warm babycake, chocolate almonds, white chocolate passion fruit panna cotta, and a banana tower. 325 Chestnut St., 215-574-9440

Flying Monkey Bakery
Tucked into Reading Terminal Market, Flying Monkey Bakery offers an enormous variety of brownies, from mint-chocolate to hazelnut praline and Glenlivent to rocky road. For a sweet and salty hit, try the Junk in the Trunk brownie, loaded with pretzels, white and dark chocolate, and oreos. Twelfth and Arch Streets, 215-928-0340;

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