Last week I had a chance to stop in Anaheim to check out the new House of Chimney Cakes. The draw here are the baked-to-order Hungarian-style cones dusted with various flavored sugar crystals. While waiting for my specialty ice cream cone to be assembled, I had a chance to watch the dough being rolled out, coiled around the molds and baked in a rotisserie oven.
I ordered the SO Hungary Delicious, $8.95, cone combo. Organic vanilla soft serve ice cream was flavorless. And by the time the topping decorations (cheesecake brownie bites, pretzels, chocolate and caramel sauces, Twix candy) are added, the ice cream was melting and was dripping out the bottom. The chimney pastry was the best part, rolled in vanilla sugar and with some integrity and crispness until it softened from the melted ice cream. I found this Sputnik-looking creation very hard to eat because the cone holder is stiff and can't be torn readily as you work your way down. With chocolate sauce dripping all over my hands, I finally gave up and discarded the remainder. Not worth the calories or tariff to me.
The chimney cakes can be purchased without ice cream. That might bring me back. However, I'd rather have a good croissant for less money.
House of Chimney Cakes
173 W Center Street Promenade