With the most romantic day of the year coming up this month, February is the perfect time for a chocolate blowout. From an indulgent bento box to cocoa-spiked pizza, here’s where to score the most satisfying treats in Philadelphia.
While the desserts offered at Max Brenner are all sinfully delicious, nothing makes our taste buds water quite like their take on pizza. In addition to the melted white and milk chocolate nuggets, you can choose from peanut butter, crunchy hazelnut bits, bananas, or roasted marshmallows toppings, for a treat that is guaranteed to blow you away. 1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150
It shouldn't be surprising that Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique is famous for making amazing and extraordinary pies. On our radar these days is their chocolate mousse option made with bits of raspberry brownies and Chambord raspberry sauce, perfect for Valentine’s Day. But you better act fast, because it’s only available from February 11-14. 1622 South St., 267-519-2094
Caramelized bananas, peanut crumble, chocolate ganache sauce, and espelette chili pepper seem like unlikely ingredients for a delightful confection. But executive chef Marc Plessis makes it work together to create a plate of incredible textures and powerful flavors in every bite—it’s the chocolate cake you’ve always dreamed of, but never knew you wanted…until now. 114 S. 12th St., 267-639-5606
While chocolate cakes are common around the city, it’s harder to find it made with an equally delicious Italian staple: polenta. However, the soufflé on Vetri's tasting menu combines the best of both worlds to give us a dessert that is both light and fluffy, and served with a side of vanilla gelato. 1312 Spruce St., 215-732-3478
Nothing screams winter more than a delicious and gooey s’more. Chef Jason Chichonski over at Ela has reinvented the classic campfire treat to also add smoked manjari chocolate, crumbles of graham crackers, marshmallow, and bourbon orange, which work together to give you that warming feeling you’ve been searching for. 627 S. Third St., 267-687-8512
Although this restaurant is better known for their Asian fusion cuisine and trendy scene, Buddakan’s main attraction is the dessert. We highly suggest you save room for their chocolate bento box, which lets you experience dessert like never before. Indulge on a strawberry ice cream macaron with dark chocolate, a chocolate banana decadence, white chocolate cheesecake, a chocolate pot de crème trio, white chocolate lychee mousse with rose gelèe, and dark chocolate raspberry truffles, in one sitting. 325 Chestnut St., 215-574-9440