Treating is Seriously Sweet in Delco
Got a sweet tooth? Then pay attention: There are irresistible treat options throughout Delco all year long. We dug a big spoon into this topic’s gooey goodness and found that ice cream isn’t just for summer and baked goods aren’t just for the holidays.
News flash: You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy ice cream, water ice, donuts, cookies, cakes, pastries, waffle desserts, cupcakes, cannolis … the list goes on. Satisfy your sweet tooth at these local finds.
You’ll want to strongly consider this ice cream shop’s two best sellers: The warm brownie sundae and the Reese’s sundae. We could probably end this with “’nuff said,” but then you might miss out on the ice cream cannoli, ice cream cupcakes, Belgian waffles and ice cream, milkshakes and water ice. You can’t go wrong with more than 125 flavors of soft serve, 24 flavors of hand dipped and 30+ toppings. Open from noon to 10 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day; the rest of the year, it’s open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. depending on weather and crowd size. Check its Facebook page for updates.
12 Acres Dr., Ridley Park; (484) 494-4601.
This spot is aptly named since it functioned as Duncan’s Dairies starting in 1917. The family started selling ice cream and dairy items in 1940; the next year, after a merger, the menu began to expand — but we still love it for the treats! Our favorite is a big malted milkshake made with coffee ice cream. You can also choose from sundaes, a banana split and lava cake with ice cream. Watch its Facebook page for specials. Open all year from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
328 W. Woodland Ave., Springfield; (610) 328-4875.
Family-owned and -operated since 1980, this confectionary offers an extraordinary range of donuts, cookies, eclairs, French pastries, sticky buns, pies, customized cakes and more. Did we mention French pastries?! Flaky, moist and just-right sweet pig ears and lady locks (oh, the dusting of confectioner’s sugar!) turn our heads. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Watch its Facebook page for specials. Open all year from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
2076 Sproul Rd., Broomall; (610) 353-2550.
We love creamy confections as much as the next treat-a-holic, but trust us when we say you want to get ice cream or gelato here with authentic Liege waffles. They’re made with yeast dough, rather than the American baking powder-inspired batter. That — and the addition of pearl sugar, which caramelizes on the outside of the waffle — makes them deliciously memorable. Open from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and noon to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check its Facebook page for updates.
25 W. State St., Media; (484) 445-4476.
In 1961, Robert Weinrich brought his family’s time-tested recipes to South Philadelphia from Germany — and, they’re still delighting customers today at the Delco outpost. Tradition is important, and you’ll taste it in authentic pastries and baked goods. This is the place to go for seasonal finds such as Bavarian pretzels, German butter cake, hot cross buns and the popular fastnachts — a diamond-shaped variation on a donut that’s slightly chewy and a bit more dense than your average donut, but topped with your favorite sugar for sheer perfection. Watch its Facebook page for specials. Open all year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday.
3545 West Chester Pike; Newtown Square, (610) 356-9918.
Mid-March to late-December:
Mark your calendar (frequently) between its open dates and fill your tummy with the same all-natural, old-fashioned cookies (we like to get a tray!) that have been wowing Philadelphians since 1978. You’ll find your favorites, but consider Head House Squares, a nod to Philly: A vanilla brownie loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts. We like ours with a side of Leiby’s premium ice cream or frozen yogurt. Hours vary; check its Facebook page.
7 Brookline Blvd., Havertown; (484) 454-3526.
Rosati Ice walk-up window
You’ve seen it nationwide in stores and can purchase it year-round, but we absolutely adore bellying up to the window and getting a fresh scoop of Italian ice (some call it water ice) handed to us. Sam Rosati started cranking and flavoring ice by hand in his West Philly basement in 1912, then selling it from horse-drawn wagons. It’s expanded from there, and has been in Clifton Heights, serving smiles all summer long, since the mid-1950s. Our favorite flavor is rainbow: It’s our refreshing go-to when it’s hazy, hot and humid. Open from the first day of spring to just after Labor Day; watch its Facebook page for current hours.
201 E. Madison Ave., Clifton Heights; (610) 626-1818.
Want to know more about everything Delco? We’re more than just your source for good eats — we’re your source for where to stay, what to do and more in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. We’re the Destination Delco Tourism Bureau, and we’ve got you covered from Philly to the Brandywine. Find us at 1501 N. Providence Rd., Media, PA, 19063; (610) 565-3679 or online.