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October 24, 2011

The three Flying Monkey treats you must try


My fellow market goers,

I stand in line with you, week in and week out, as you decide what to buy at the Flying Monkey.  I know, the Pumpple is one of Reading Terminal Market’s celebrity dishes, what with being on the Today Show and all. The cupcakes are as cute as a button.  However, you’re really leaving some great options at the counter.  So, as a favor to you, I’m here to tell you about the top three treats, from great to best, you haven’t tried yet at the Flying Monkey.

3. Ginger Molasses Cookies


I get it.  Your eyes are on what’s in the cases, not what’s on top of them, but the ginger molasses cookie should not be missed.  It’s chewy, it’s buttery, it’s got a sprinkling of sugar on top for a little crispness. And it’s not only delicious, it’s cheap — just $1!  Go ahead and add it to what you have already picked.  You’ll be back later for another one.

2. Flourless Chocolate Cake


The Flying Monkey knows chocolate, and nowhere is that knowledge showcased more effectively than the flourless chocolate cake.  It’s chocolate cake, topped with a super thick, super rich layer of chocolate ganache. This is not a dessert you’ll gobble down, it’s one that you’ll savor.  Know you have an long afternoon at work? Bring a slice of this back to your desk, and it’ll get you through.  (My husband and I get a slice Saturday mornings, and leave it on the counter to snack on as we clean the apartment.)

1. Whoopie Pies


Whoopie pies are a Pennsylvania specialty, and nowhere does them better than Flying Monkey.  Someday, I hope that whoopie pies will rank up there with cheesesteaks as “things you must eat when you come to Philadelphia”. Until then, here is your chance to get ahead of the curve.  Start with the traditional styles — two soft, moist cakes sandwiching cream cheese frosting.  Then, give the flavored frostings a try, or go crispy, like my personal favorite, the oatmeal caramel.  (Shown above, from left to right: oatmeal caramel, classic, pumpkin, double chocolate. They have lots of other great flavors that change daily.)

Bonus tip: The Flying Monkey makes all their marshmallows in house.  If you’re a marshmallow fan, you’re in for a treat.


The Flying Monkey is open 7 days a week in Reading Terminal Market, right off center court. I’ll see you in line!


Flying Monkey Bakery
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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