This is one of those things where, once you see a picture, you pretty much have to try it. I mean, come on — how can you not want to eat that?
And I’m definitely not alone in this — not since the epic Uncle Tetsu’s line of 2015 have I waited such an insane amount of time for food (or anything, really). From the start of the line to me clutching one of these cones? 90 solid minutes, which is coincidentally the exact same amount of time I waited for a Japanese cheesecake. We’ll see what novelty dessert inspires this lunacy next year.
Technically, the main attraction here — kürtoskalács (a.k.a. the eponymous chimney cake) — is Hungarian. However, the briefly internet-famous doughnut cones (that you probably saw someone share on Facebook a few months ago) were created at a cafe in Prague.
The term “doughnut cone” is a bit of a misnomer (the pastry is baked, not fried), and to their credit, Eva’s calls these chimney cones on their menu.
The chimney is essentially a hollow tube of pastry that’s rolled in a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar and then baked rotisserie-style. The freshly-baked cones are then filled with vanilla soft serve and topped with other stuff — I went with the Dream Cone, which comes with Nutella, butter toffee bits, chocolate sauce, and brownie pieces.
I feel pretty much the same way about this as I did about Tetsu. It’s good, but it’s not even remotely worth standing in that insane line.
Of course, the ice cream, Nutella, and other desserty bits are all standard issue, so the question is: how’s the pastry? It’s not bad. It’s hard to go wrong with something rolled in that much cinnamon and sugar, though really, it’s basically just plain bread. It’s also kind of dry, especially near the top. It definitely grew on me, but it’s nothing too mind-blowing — and let’s face it, if you put enough Nutella and soft serve on anything, it’s probably going to taste pretty good.