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Kürtőskalács is a traditional Hungarian dessert made from
sweet yeast dough. Known here as the chimney cake, this
dessert has gained a reputation as the perfect vessel for
holding ice cream due to its cone-like shape.
The chimney cake is made by wrapping the sweet yeast dough
around a cone-shaped baking spit, rolling it in sugar, and
cooking it in an oven while basting with butter or oil. This caramelizes it, creating a warm churro-like shell. It's crispy on the
outside but soft and sweet like a donut inside.
Several bakeries across the country specialize in this sweet
treat, including House of Chimney Cakes in Anaheim, California.
Owner Szandra Szabó grew up in Hungary, making her name
as a fashion model and entrepreneur. However, Szabó sought a
different career and moved to the United States to bring some
of the foods of her homeland to Californians.
"When I was little I baked chimney cakes with my grandmother" says Szabó. That family tradition has made its way to
the Golden State and is satisfying both California residents and
its visitors. House of Chimney Cakes is located just minutes
from Disneyland, making it an exciting destination for sweets
lovers with the aforementioned cakes being the primary draw.
They pair perfectly with soft serve, which comes in flavors like
vanilla bean and Dutch chocolate, as well as a vegan-friendly
Dole Whip Pineapple soft serve. The final touch on these
chimney cakes is that they are topped with ingredients such
as Oreo cookie crumbs, graham crackers, caramel popcorn,

Anaheim is not the only destination for these tasty treats.
In the Midwest, food innovators are putting their own spins
on chimney cakes. Kansas City's Donutology introduced the
DoNado last summer to great anticipation. It quickly became
one of the most popular items on the donut shop's menu.
"We spiral our dough and then we cook it on an open-air fryer,
and then we dip it in cinnamon sugar. It's hot, we pour cold ice
cream into it, and we already have the toppings in the store
for our donuts," says Donutology owner Andrew Cameron. The
shop plugs each DoNado with a donut hole to prevent the ice
cream from escaping, a smart strategy when combining dough

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