Gastronomalies: Chocolate by Mueller's Chocolate Covered Onion
It’s about time we re-drew your attention to a formerly famous confection. The sweetie of the hour is the Chocolate Covered Onion, which sits quietly behind a display case at Chocolate by Mueller (Reading Terminal Market). Even in the wake of TV appearances and receiving its very own Twitter page, this veg has managed to stay down-to-earth.
You’ll spot the Chocolate Covered Onion nestled among the glitzy – psychedelic carnival pops and jewel-like clusters of rock candy in reds, oranges, and yellows – and the bizarre – wrinkly cocoa ears, fleshy mahogany noses and curly-tailed rats in dark and milk chocolate.
The candied creation was born of the eighties, a brainchild of Glenn Mueller and his wife, Theresa. “We were in a building at 5th and Market, right next to Channel 3,” explains Glenn. “The comedians were doing a half-hour spoof called ‘Double Muppets, Hold the Onions.’” The jokesters asked Glenn and Theresa to dip an onion in chocolate as a gag for the show, and the rest is history.
Next time you’re trolling the city for a gift (housewarming, birthday, wedding, you name it) consider the onion. Crazy yes? Awesome? Also yes.