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When Adsum chef/owner and self-proclaimed "Philly fat kid" Matt Levin heard local Philadelphia baker Tasty Baking Company -- better known as Tastykake -- was facing bankruptcy, he immediately began "screwing around" with his longtime favorite treat, the Peanut Butter Kandy Kake.
Realizing that the chocolate-enrobed, peanut butter-layered treat closely resembled a burger bun, he decided to create a dish that would raise awareness of Tasty's dire situation. "The early versions were jacked up," Levin admits, "but they progressively got better. The sour component and the spice needed to balance the sweet."
Levin's sweet and savory invention is now being served at his restaurant Adsum: two house-ground brisket patties topped with sour cherry-sriracha jam and American cheese, each sandwiched between two of the Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes. Levin is even squirreling away a portion of the sliders' $11 price tag in a Tasty fund. "I'm a small Philadelphia business," he says, "and they were once a small Philadelphia business. This is our way of helping a brother out."