Just about everyone will agree that peanut butter is delicious in a good ol’ PB&J, but the versatile spread goes well beyond the classic sandwich. Paired with chocolate, bananas, ice cream and even hot dogs, it also makes for some incredible desserts. From cookies to milkshakes, sundaes and even spring rolls, there are plenty of dessert options for peanut butter lovers in Philadelphia. Crunchy, creamy, warm or frozen – find your favorite peanut butter treat at one of these top spots.
517 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cookie Confidential specializes in desserts made from all-natural, organic, local ingredients. In addition to brittle and cupcakes served in pops and refillable jars, the bakery offers creative cookies that you’d have a hard time finding anywhere else. To satisfy that peanut butter craving, go for the peanut butter bacon. And if you’re feeling a little more daring, opt for the peanut butter hot dog. The addition of balsamic vinegar and honey amps up the flavor in the traditional peanut butter dough, and chopped up, dehydrated hot dogs (nitrate-free) put these unique cookies over the top. If you love a classic, you can also order the standard peanut butter cookie rolled in sugar.
1500 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
It’s well-known that Max Brenner is the place to go for chocolate. And since few things pair with chocolate as wonderfully as peanut butter, it’s no surprise that this Center City spot offers a few amazing peanut butter chocolate desserts. The peanut butter banana chocolate crepe is filled with peanut butter, banana slices and chunks of chocolate. For your spreading and dipping pleasure, it’s served with milk chocolate ganache, gooey peanut butter sauce and a dish of dulce de leche ice cream. For an ice cream treat worth skipping dinner for, order the Euphoria Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Sundae. Dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream is layered with slices of toffee banana, chocolate chunks and spicy peanuts. It’s topped with whipped cream and crushed hazelnuts. As if that wasn’t enough, the colossal sundae is accompanied by cups of chocolate peanut butter sauce and milk chocolate ganache to add as you eat! Both desserts are $13.95.
2491 Grant Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
This Northeast Philly family favorite is known for its fun atmosphere and friendly service, along with popular items such as homemade burgers, fresh-breaded nuggets and fresh-cut French fries. But the 50s-style diner is probably most famous for its award-winning milkshakes. The thick shakes are made in old-fashioned machines and served in stainless steel cups that more than fill your glass. In addition to over 25 standard “Blue Ribbon” $4.59 shakes, there are about 25 more “exotic” shakes for $5.19. Among the exotic shakes, you’ll find plenty of peanut butter options. Peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter Oreo and Reesey cup are all delicious. Or try a flavor that really celebrates the Philadelphia area – Peanut Chew or peanut butter Kandykake, which is made with actual Tastykakes!
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3636 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Stephen Starr brings Asian-fusion to Philadelphia with Pod, a futuristic University City hot spot. Follow up a meal of sushi, dumplings or other Asian favorites with Chef Hugh’s creative fluffernutter spring rolls. A unique twist on the classic dish, this sweet treat features crispy spring rolls filled with gooey marshmallow and warm, melted peanut butter. To further delight your taste buds, it also comes with a chocolate sauce for dipping. To complete the experience, Pod recommends you pair this dessert with Tokaji Aszu, a wine from Hungary.
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Scoop DeVille dishes up soft-serve ice cream like no one else. Instead of merely choosing toppings, you can pick from a massive list of blend-ins that are mixed in with your choice of ice cream or frozen yogurt. The result is a custom frozen treat that’s smooth and creamy and packed with flavor. If you’re after peanut butter, there’s plenty to satisfy among the candies, cookie dough, cereals and syrups available. Choose from peanut butter chips, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter cookie dough, peanut butter sauce and more. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, order one of the suggested blends. Moose Munchies includes moose tracks ice cream with sugar cookie dough, Rice Krispie treats and caramel sauce.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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