Reading Terminal Market, America’s oldest, continuously operating Farmer’s Market, is known for its unique vendors and delicious food options. Opened in 1892, the Market has seen growth and depression through the years, but due to recent renovations, new vendors, and recognition on various television shows, the Market has seen a resurgence in popularity. Today, the Reading Terminal Market is a popular lunch spot for those working nearby, a must-visit place for tourists, and a favorite amongst food lovers. Learn more about the essential dishes at Reading Terminal Market here.
Sometimes, however, you’re just in the mood for dessert or a snack, and Reading Terminal Market has plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. From classics like America’s oldest ice cream, and Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods, to unique, one-of-a-kind desserts like the creative Pumpple Cake, there are plenty of options to choose from. Stop in today and check out these essential desserts and sweet snacks.
Apple Dumpling, Dutch Eating Place
Open Tues – Sat, Dutch Eating Place features homestyle Pennsylvania Dutch (“Amish”) breakfasts and lunches. Famous for their dinner plate sized pancakes and scrapple, the must-try is the hot apple dumpling, served with heavy whipped cream. Inside the buttery, flaky pie crust is a whole peeled, cored apple and baked in a bed of cinnamon apple compote. It smells like the holidays and tastes melty and delicious, and less than $3 each.
Pumpple Cake, Flying Monkey Patisserie
Have you ever been torn between choosing between pie and cake. At Flying Monkey, they’ve solved the dilemma with the Pumpple Cake, with apple and pumpkin pies baked inside layers of chocolate and vanilla cake, and covered with buttercream. Weighing 15 pounds and standing over one foot tall, it’s basically the turducken of desserts. $8 per slice but that’s enough to feed 4, and whole cakes require 72 hours advance notice.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Famous 4th St. Cookies
If you walk in from the 12th and Filbert St entrance, you’ll immediately smell the delicious aroma of fresh baked cookies. Stop at Famous 4th Street Cookie Company’s stall for these warm, gooey, chewy, giant cookies. They have variety of choices, but the best is the classic Chocolate chip. Get there around 4pm and they’ll sell the remaining cookies for $1 apiece.
Gadzooks ice Cream, Bassett’s
A Philadelphia tradition since 1861, Bassett’s is America’s oldest ice cream company. The ice cream is rich and creamy, still made the same way it was over 150 years ago. The Gadzooks flavor, created by the Preston and Steve team at WMMR, is made up of Bassett’s decadent chocolate ice cream with pieces of Brownie Points peanut butter brownies, chocolate chunks and a rich caramel swirl.
Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks, Miller’s Twist
Run by Pennsylvania Dutch, Miller’s Twist features soft pretzels and Lancaster County ice creams. The cinnamon sugar pretzel sticks are crispy on the outside and chewy inside, similar to a churro. Coming 6 to an order, and packaged like fast food French fries, the cinnamon sticks are the perfect sweet snack.