A full day at the Canadian National Exhibit (CNE) means a tummy full of outrageous foods. After eating a ramen burger, churro burger, cricket tacos with beetlejuice and scarfing down deep fried cookie dough balls, we had to have at least some form of ice cream. We ended up getting a special type of ice cream – one I have been meaning to try for the longest time. It’s not your typical cone with a scoop or two on top, but something called a kürtős kalács which are better known as chimney cones.
These are originally from Hungary and are little bread-like pastries filled with ice cream. The one we got was filled with froyo (frozen yogurt) that was drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with little caramel turtles.
These chimneys are made by rolling out pieces of dough into long “snakes”, tossing it around in sugar and then wrapping it around a metal stick. It is then put into a little oven to bake at various levels to achieve that beautiful golden brown look. The result is a crispy pastry on the outside with a soft inside, just like a fresh loaf of bread. It is then filled with various ingredients, like a sundae. However, these can also be made into savoury meals and be filled with meats, cheeses and vegetables too.
I really enjoyed eating the chimney cone, despite it being so messy to eat! Funny enough, the day before I went to another festival that sold chimney cones. I was so sad that I wasn’t able to get one because they closed down for the night, so I was extremely happy when I saw these selling at the CNE. I guess as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait!