Our first stop when we arrived in Philly were the "Rocky Steps" of the Philadelphia Museum where I declined to go in and instead green lit Shawn's other suggestion to head over to Reading Terminal Market where Mueller Chocolate Co. has a store. I wish I cared more about art and had the patience for sight seeing, I really do. It's just that anything with the word market in it is always way more exciting to me. So on to Reading Terminal Market we went and this place was AWESOME. Any kind of food or drink you could ever want was in there. They had so many food stands, looking around the market made me wish I could eat everything all at once and never get full. I passed a popular cookie stand which was really crowded and looked sooooo good in order to save up and forge ahead to Mueller Chocolate Co. Muellers' stand (store?) specializes in chocolate covered everything. They had pretzels, nuts, fruit, marshmallows, potato chips, even chocolate covered onions...
Gross right? I think it was mostly for effect (I hope!) They also had fun chocolate shaped organs (for the doctor in your life?) and a chocolate Philly "cheesesteak" made up of white, dark and milk chocolate:
|chocolate "cheesesteak" with the works|
Shawn pulled the trigger right away on a dark chocolate covered sea salt caramel pretzel which looked good but was kind of a rookie mistake because there were so many other choices to consider. But hey, he wastes no time. I had a bite of his pretzel and while it was good, it was reeeeeally drenched in caramel. Just look at the shape compared to the double dipped pretzels:
These are good if you really like caramel and just a bit of pretzel with it. I was glad I didn't commit to it and had Shawn to
use as a guinea pig love. There were so many options in the case that I initially wondered if we could cancel our dinner plans and just pull up a stool to the chocolate case. After starring down these marshmallows for awhile...
before but these were different. These peanut butter/chocolate pretzels were so good because they were a very crunchy pretzel covered in a soft coating of peanut butter and then fresh milk chocolate. Mueller's kept the pretzels fresh (not stale!) and their peanut butter was creamy and soft instead of the dry, powdery consistency that peanut butter can get. And the milk chocolate at Mueller's is outstanding. Sometimes chocolate covered things can have a waxy, almost tasteless flavor but Mueller's did not. Their chocolate had a nice milky flavor and it almost melts on your fingers when you touch it. Mueller's had the consistency of these three ingredients down in a single bite! At this point I was all revved up and ready to taste more. Shawn disappeared so I plowed on without him. Next up: chocolate covered potato chips.
There is a little chocolate shop in my hometown that makes AMAZING chocolate covered potato chips. They are the best and my hometown shop has been making these chips for years (long before everyone else caught on that chocolate covered potato chips are the best invention ever). I had to see if Mueller's could compete with the chips from my hometown shop and I'm happy to say that they did. In fact, they are the only ones to date who can. Mueller's uses really fresh, crispy, salty, rippled potato chips with a nice THICK coating of real milk chocolate. These chips were actually a thing of beauty:
Finally, I tried a milk chocolate covered pineapple slice. I don't normally like chocolate covered fruit (weird, I know) but I wanted to try these because the pineapple slices were nice thick chunks and not the dried up shrively things you usually see in a chocolate case. Although I found these to be a little too sweet, I think if you ordered the dark chocolate version they would be a better balance of sweetness. It was a nice thick bite but since the fruit is so sweet and such a large chunk, the milk chocolate was a little too much.
|Yeah, get it girl|
Ok so at this point I hadn't tasted nearly enough but Shawn was back with a lemonade that I had completely forgotten I said I was "dying for" about 10 minutes earlier (I get totally side tracked by good chocolate) and we had to get going.
In sum, if you are in Philadelphia, you have to go to Reading Terminal Market. They have every food imaginable so unless you hate eating, you're going to enjoy it. And second, if you are in the market and you like chocolate, ANY kind of chocolate, then you must go to Mueller Chocolate Co. and taste some of their amazing chocolate covered items (and see the onions) for yourself. You won't be disappointed! http://www.muellerschocolate.com/home.html