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Better than the cronuts.
Better than the cronuts.

Here Are 8 Philly Dessert Mash-Ups to Rival the Cronut

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Better than the cronuts.

The cronut—a doughnut and croissant's sugary lovechild creation—has stormed the food world, bringing NYC's Dominique Ansel Bakery overnight fame, a place in baking history, and imitators all across the country (including right here in town). But, Philly's bakers and pastry chefs have been dishing up quirky dessert combos for some time now, and don't really need to rely on imitating someone else's good idea.

So, while cronut mania sweeps across the country, we're here to guide you towards Philly's favorite hybrid sweets that will make you forget all about Ansel and his signature dessert. Without further ado, here are the 8 Best Philly Dessert Mash-Ups.


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Flying Monkey Pumpple Cake

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The cronut combines a croissant and a doughnut. The pumpple cake, of Food Network fame, combines apple pie, pumpkin pie, vanilla cake, chocolate cake, and thick besprinkled buttercream icing. Enough said.

Ela Liquid Cookie Dough

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The hot chocolate chip cookie dough at Ela, named Best of Philly Dessert 2012, is a serious don’t-miss for dessert lovers. It’s all the sinful pleasure you got out of sneaking a homemade cookie dough lump from your mom’s batter bowl without the slap on the wrist.

Sweet Box Bake Shop chocolate fudge cookie dough brownies

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Baking queen Gretchen Fantini had so much success with her cupcake truck, she opened a brick-and-mortar shop earlier this year. Now she’s selling lemon bars, yogurt lemon pound cake, rice pudding, and thick and gooey 3-layer chocolate fudge cookie dough brownies.

PYT Krispy Kreme Sundae

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The go-to for crazy burger combos is purveyor of equally wacky sweet fusions, including the Krispy Kreme Sundae: two mini donuts grilled and topped with ice cream, syrup, chocolate-covered bacon, whipped cream, with (what else?) a cherry on top.

Magpie Pie Milkshakes

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Graduate Hospital’s Magpie blends a whole slice of any pie - butterscotch bourbon? peanut butter jam? oh, the choices! - into Bassett’s vanilla ice cream, served up with both a spoon and straw.

Cake and the Beanstalk Blondiewiches

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Wash West’s quirky Cake and the Beanstalk one-ups the traditional ice cream sandwich by serving up Franklin Fountain ice cream pressed between two brownie halves or blondie halves, made fresh on site.

Cookie Confidential Cupcake Push Pops

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Cake pops are so 2012. Cookie Confidential’s cupcake push pops come in 10+ flavors like Salted Chocolate Lime Hibiscus and Maple Bacon Buttermilk.

Ms. Goody Cupcake Cheesecake Lollipops

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East Passyunk’s Ms. Goody Cupcake dips cheesecake squares in dark chocolate and serves them on a stick to create bite-size cheesecake lollipops.

Flying Monkey Pumpple Cake

The cronut combines a croissant and a doughnut. The pumpple cake, of Food Network fame, combines apple pie, pumpkin pie, vanilla cake, chocolate cake, and thick besprinkled buttercream icing. Enough said.

Ela Liquid Cookie Dough

The hot chocolate chip cookie dough at Ela, named Best of Philly Dessert 2012, is a serious don’t-miss for dessert lovers. It’s all the sinful pleasure you got out of sneaking a homemade cookie dough lump from your mom’s batter bowl without the slap on the wrist.

Sweet Box Bake Shop chocolate fudge cookie dough brownies

Baking queen Gretchen Fantini had so much success with her cupcake truck, she opened a brick-and-mortar shop earlier this year. Now she’s selling lemon bars, yogurt lemon pound cake, rice pudding, and thick and gooey 3-layer chocolate fudge cookie dough brownies.

PYT Krispy Kreme Sundae

The go-to for crazy burger combos is purveyor of equally wacky sweet fusions, including the Krispy Kreme Sundae: two mini donuts grilled and topped with ice cream, syrup, chocolate-covered bacon, whipped cream, with (what else?) a cherry on top.

Magpie Pie Milkshakes

Graduate Hospital’s Magpie blends a whole slice of any pie - butterscotch bourbon? peanut butter jam? oh, the choices! - into Bassett’s vanilla ice cream, served up with both a spoon and straw.

Cake and the Beanstalk Blondiewiches

Wash West’s quirky Cake and the Beanstalk one-ups the traditional ice cream sandwich by serving up Franklin Fountain ice cream pressed between two brownie halves or blondie halves, made fresh on site.

Cookie Confidential Cupcake Push Pops

Cake pops are so 2012. Cookie Confidential’s cupcake push pops come in 10+ flavors like Salted Chocolate Lime Hibiscus and Maple Bacon Buttermilk.

Ms. Goody Cupcake Cheesecake Lollipops

East Passyunk’s Ms. Goody Cupcake dips cheesecake squares in dark chocolate and serves them on a stick to create bite-size cheesecake lollipops.

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