July 16th was National Funnel Cake Day (really!) and it got us in the mood to celebrate with some delicious, fun-filled and unexpected takes on your favourite amusement park treat. You know the one—you get it hot out of the fryer, dusted with powdered sugar or smothered in sauces like caramel, chocolate or raspberry jam. This popular dessert originated in the Middle East as Zalabiyeh before spreading to Europe and eventually, America (you can thank the Pennsylvania Dutch for the funnel cakes you know today, including the name).
Funnel cakes are fun, versatile and incredibly easy to prepare (Morton has fryer-ready frozen options that taste just like the ones you remember from your childhood, plus funnel cake fries—the same taste and texture in an easy, snackable format). They’re also very cost-effective and wildly appealing on a summer menu. To learn more, please contact your local Morton rep—and in the meantime, here are three unique funnel cake ideas to help inspire you.
Give them nostalgia
If you want to entice people to order the dish they’ve always known and loved, serve a classic. A freshly-fried funnel cake with confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon sugar or a drizzle of hot chocolate sauce or caramel is a great way to offer this dish. Maple syrup is a popular topping that brings beaver tails to mind (the flavour profiles are similar, so you can definitely take inspiration there). If sugars and syrups aren’t your thing, you can also go with a tangy fruit jam or house-made coulis. Or, take a classic and kick it up a notch with a s’mores-inspired funnel cake!
With so many incredible summer fruits in season, it’s the perfect time to serve a funnel cake covered in sweet Ontario produce. Consider using sliced strawberries, fresh Ontario blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, stewed rhubarb, sautéed apples, fresh peaches and other stone fruit. Top it with some homemade whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon or maple sugar, and you’ve got an irresistible option. Remember—funnel cakes are great for sharing, so serve them on an oversized plate with two forks!
Savoury funnel cakes aren’t as widespread as sweet, but this is an avenue that’s worth exploring in your independent restaurant. Consider using ricotta and pistachios for a cannoli-based twist that’s still dessert-like, or go all the way to the savoury side of the spectrum with artisan cheeses, pancetta, green onions, chives and other toppings. Treat your funnel cake like nachos or a poutine, add pizza toppings, take it high end or create a dish that’s entirely your own. It may not be National Funnel Cake Day again yet but honestly, we’re salivating already.
Your Morton Food Service team is here to help you get everything you need for the most delicious funnel cakes in town. Thanks for reading and keep enjoying this beautiful summer!