Do you have a sweet tooth like us? Then you have fair warning. Eva’s Original Chimneys now has a brick-and-mortar location!
As some food truck aficionados know, Eva’s Original Chimneys started off as a food truck at various events around Toronto, including the Evergreen Brickworks, where the lineups were insane as Torontonians couldn’t get enough of their “doughnut cones”. After this widespread success, fast-forward in time and the move from just a cramped food truck to an actual physical location was a natural progression.
We met the owners of Eva’s Original Chimneys, Kristin and Justin, at their recent soft opening of their new location on Bloor St. West. There, they told us of their visit to Budapest, Hungary – their ancestral home – where they tasted some wonderful Kürtoskalács or chimney cakes. They were smitten and couldn’t get enough, so they decided to bring this idea to Canadian shores.
Arriving at their new store, we see that the focus is the chimney cone and how it’s made. The large window at the front entrance allows passersby to watch as each cone is hand-rolled and baked – not deep-fried – using a traditional open gas rotisserie grill. Entering the shop, the theatre continues as we witness as the cones that were hand-rolled in the window are placed on the rotisserie. We heed the warning on the large glass window that protects us from the heat of the baking process – the heat off those rotisseries is very hot!
With both sweet (Chimney Cones) and savory (Chimney Cakes) options to choose from, it was a tough decision deciding on which cone to try out. We chose one that, as described on their menu, “Bangkok meets Budapest”, was a combination of ingredients one would not normally find in an ice-cream type dessert. This concoction includes: a coconut cone, layered with coconut sticky rice and chopped mango, topped with mango drizzle and candied mango slice.
The mango drizzle and soft serve ice cream was a good pairing. Making our way past this layer, we arrived at the chopped mango with just the right amount of mango. Then came the sticky rice – while there was a bit too much liquid, it had just a touch of sweetness which we liked since a sticky-rice dessert can sometimes be overly sweet. Then there was the cone itself which was actually very tasty – we could just eat this alone all day! There is also a surprise at the bottom of the cone which is one of their signatures, but we won’t spoil it and you can find out for yourself.
For those looking to satisfy a craving for a large dessert, Eva’s massive Original Chimney’s will definitely leave you satiated to the point where you may not need to have dinner for a few hours. A pleasant surprise is also the fact that the dough and most of their ingredients are sourced and made locally by Val of Sweet Carnival Cakes. If we had more time – and maybe, skipped breakfast AND lunch – we would have tried one of the other interesting concoctions, like the Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake or one of the savory chimney cakes, such as the Herb & Aged Cheddar. Perhaps another time…
NOTE: Eva’s also offers smaller, “Mini Cones” for those whose appetites may be less substantial. Eva’s is also cashless so bring your credit or debit card with you.
Written by Guest Blogger LT.
Our meal at Eva’s Original Chimneys was complimentary but opinions are our own.