Chocolate is a delicious treat, which even can actually be good for you when prepared in a healthy way. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. Chocolate also helps you sleep and can improve a mildly bad mood. There is no shortage of chocolate in the city, with plenty of places to find some. If you have a craving, here are the top five places to get deliciously decadent chocolate.

Beiler’s Bakery
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215)351-0735
www.readingterminalmarket.com

Beiler’s Bakery in the Reading Terminal Market is a Pennsylvania Dutch bakery and is one of the most popular bakeries in the city. If you are seeking something chocolate, you have several options here to try. Some of the most popular chocolate items are the chocolate sponge cake and the near famous whoopie pies. If you are a donut lover, be sure to try the chocolate peanut butter donuts or chocolate frosted donuts which are made fresh daily. Beiler’s is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 a.m. until about 3 p.m., or when the bakery runs out of goods.

Percy Street Barbecue
900 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-8510
www.percystreet.com

If you crave chocolate and pie at the same time, you should head over to Percy Street Barbecue for the chocolate mud pie. Percy Street was a 2011 Best of Philly winner for “Best Pies” from Philadelphia Magazine, and the restaurant still makes some of the best pies in the city. Mud pie is a delicious and decadent chocolate cream pie made with a dark chocolate pudding in a dark chocolate graham cracker crust.

Mueller Chocolate Co.
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6164
www.muellerschocolate.com

For a unique spin on chocolate, you may want to check out the chocolate shop, Mueller Chocolate Co., in the Reading Terminal Market. The Mueller family has been making delicious chocolate since 1980. But the chocolate here is unique, so much so, the shop has been featured on “Bizarre Foods “and “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” The most popular item is the chocolate onion. Of course, if you are just looking for joke chocolate, the shop also makes up anatomically correct body parts. You can enjoy traditional candy as well, such as chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows and truffles.

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Anthony’s Italian Coffee House And Chocolate House
903 S.9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-2586
www.italiancoffeehouse.com

The Anastasio family immigrated to the Philadelphia area about 100 years ago and worked out of a small shop in Bella Vista. This shop offers high quality food and service and a comfortable environment where a person can spend hours. Anthony’s Chocolate House sells all sorts of chocolate products (and other food), and you can find chocolate pastries, as well. Some of the popular chocolate candies are the chocolate covered figs and truffles. Other chocolate goodies worth a try are the chocolate covered pizzelles, biscotti and popcorn.

Franklin Fountain
116 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1899
www.franklinfountain.com

If the chocolate you are seeking is in the form of ice cream, you may want to head over to Franklin Square. The famous Franklin Fountain offers retro soda fountain fun. The hot fudge is some of the best in the city. And for dark chocolate lovers, try The Lightning Rod, which is coffee ice cream with dark chocolate brownie pieces, zapped with a shot of espresso and coffee bean pieces. The dessert is topped with a pretzel rod to add to the deliciousness. Franklin Fountain is family run by the Berley family, and the ice cream is made by hand in house.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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