The Brotherly Love shake is a parade of Philly sweets in one frozen delight

Craig LaBan, Food Critic

Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:48 AM

The Brotherly Love shake from Craftsman Row Saloon is loaded up with classic Philadelphia sweets.

If you’ve been touring the sites at Independence Mall, or are just back in town visiting family, a holiday splurge does not get more Philadelphia than the Brotherly Love shake at Craftsman Row Saloon. It’s co-owner George Tsiouris’ frozen homage to the corner candy store favorites of his youth. And it’s essentially a Mummers Parade of classic local sweets all whirred up into one irresistibly frosty mug, blending Jack & Jill vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a Tastykake chocolate cupcake and a Tastykake peanut butter Kandy Kake. The other half of those Tastykake two-packs arrive skewered whole on top for a festive Philly pride garnish, along with Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, and a warm, soft Amish pretzel stick from Miller’s Twist in the Reading Terminal Market that adds a salty dipper to plunge through the chocolate-drizzled whipped cream. Of course, they don’t call Craftsman a “saloon” for nothing. All of its many fanciful shakes can be turned “adult” with a shot of a locally made spirit ($4 extra for a 1.5-ounce pour of Stateside vodka or Manatawny whiskey). Then it will really taste like a Mummers Parade in a glass.

– Craig LaBan

The Brotherly Love shake, $13, Craftsman Row Saloon, 112 S. Eighth St., 215-923-0123;

Craig LaBan, Food Critic

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