Our favorite mementos from the City of Love.
The temperature is dropping and the garlands soon to be strung. Even streetlights seem to twinkle a little more this time of year. The holiday season is upon us and weâ€™re on the hunt for the perfect gifts. Cross some off your list with our top picks for Philadelphia-themed souvenirs.
Chocolate Cheesesteak at Mueller Chocolate Company
The sandwich that put Philadelphia on the gut-busting map takes the form of candy at Mueller Chocolate Company. Owner Dr. Chockenstein regularly creates the most unusual chocolates out there: chocolate-covered whole raw onions and human organ-shaped chocolates (nothing like reminding someone theyâ€™re â€˜on your mindâ€™ than with a chocolate brain). At seven inches long and with realistic detail, Muellerâ€™s chocolate cheesesteak resembles the real dealâ€”especially the streak of white chocolate on top standing in for traditional cheese whiz. Available at the Reading Terminal Market, a retail store just outside the city in Rockledge, and online.
Good Night, Philadelphia
Everyone remembers the beloved childrenâ€™s book, Goodnight Moon. This version Phillifies the classic by taking kids on a colorful, literary journey to famous Philly sites, including the Liberty Bell, Reading Terminal Market, the Schuylkill river and the Museum of Art. Available at Aliâ€™s Wagon and a number of online retailers.
We Heart Phillyâ€™s LOVE line
Souvenirs featuring Philadelphiaâ€™s famous LOVE sculpture are plentiful around town, but We Heart Phillyâ€™s designs make the symbol fashionable and functional. Dainty gold and silver earrings and necklaces, artsy coasters and canvas totes are available online and at two charming shops, Open House and Verde. The collection also includes giftsâ€”like bottle openers, decorative platters, and flasksâ€”that highlight Phillyâ€™s diverse neighborhoods, favorite snack (soft pretzel) and landmarks.
The Philly-themed apparel at Cheesesteaks Tees drip with sarcasm, humor and nostalgiaâ€”sometimes all at once. Itâ€™s hard to choose between throwback team logos and inside jokes like the â€œMess with Texasâ€ design with a scratched out Cowboys star. Rated â€˜Râ€™ shirts will make adults giggle, while sweet baby onesies bring home the cute factor.
Art in the Age Spirits
A nice bottle of booze is always a fun present, but this Old City shopâ€™s four organic liquor offerings are one-of-a-kind. Root is based on a 1700s recipe for an herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs that were popular in Pennsylvania. Perfect for wintertime, Snap employs a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe using hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger. Tangy Rhubarbâ€”a favorite flavor of Ben Franklinâ€”incorporates beets, carrots, lemons, petitgrain, cardamom, and pure cane sugar, while Sage is a take on a â€˜garden ginâ€™ with notes of thyme, rosemary, lavender, and fennel.
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