Anthony’s Chocolate House

Written by on November 6, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(italiancoffeehouse.com) – South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How I heard of this place: After a late lunch at Geno’s we were in the mood for a walk and something sweet. The street market was closing down, vendors packing up their fresh fruits and vegetables, passing murals painted on the sides of buildings, and several places called Anthony’s to our right: Italian Coffee House, Chocolate House. We could not refuse.

Type of cuisine: An plethora of chocolates, chocoalte-covered things, and gelato.\

Anthony's Chocolates

Ambiance: A very autumnal display in the front window, with pumpkins, two scarecrow, fake catails and orange, fabric leaves of all sizes welcomed us. Draped slightly open were orange-colored curtains that lead the way into the remainder of the true hole-in-the-wall chocolate shop. The space, big enough only to have one person walk through at a time, but easy for a line to form, orange walls included, was covered in random photographs of people, food, and even an Italian flag! Not to mention the shelves and counters, every inch of space covered with gifts of chocolate and chocolate-covered-things. No music, no friendly neighborhood greeting, no frills other than the chocolate views taken in by every patron.

What I ordered: Having seen more chocolate covered pretzels and pizzelles than anything else in the store, I had to find out which was the most popular and go with that. I was directed to the pretzels. Between the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Coffee Stripes ($1 each or $15.95/pound) and the the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with White Chocolate Stripes, despite my two companions’ recommendation, I took the less-than-friendly advice of our server and went with the coffee. Chris could not refuse the Oreo Gelato (medium cup $5), after we sampled a few flavors, inlcuding blood orange, pear, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter cup and fig & honey. Samyar chose the milk chocolate Chocolate Marshmallow Smores ($2 each) and the milk chocolate Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich ($15.95/pound).

What I loved: The gelatos left much to be desired, so I was pleased to have gone for something more chocolatey. My favorite, however, was the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich with more peanut butter than anyone would know what to do with! The Smores were nice, too, but a little dry. The pretzel deliciously salty, sweet and bitter. In fact, the pretzel dipped in the peanut butter was the best combination of them all!

Why I loved it: A variety of options in a small space, with treats perfect for walking through the busy streets of the Italian Market or taking home to share with guests!

Cost: Average to high ($1-$7 per sweet treat)

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