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Transylvanian Chimney Cakes- A New Delicacy For DelMarVa

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Laurel, Del. - One local couple from Transylvania is firing up a cultural delicacy on the Eastern Shore.  And they say, they're the only ones in DelMarVa who have it.

30 years ago, Tibor and Elena David came to Salisbury with their three children, seeking religious freedom.  They came, without knowing a lick of English.  They started a machinery business, but after 24 years of success, the downed economy closed them down.  So, they looked for a new way to make some money.

Tibor says, "God inspired us what to do. Something that keeps us going in life.  Something interesting and something that we can give to people. And there was the idea of chimney cakes."

It's a treat the couple remembers making as kids over a coal fire.  They began selling the delicacy at the end of last year at festivals and markets. And they say, they received tremendous success.  "People adored and loved our chimney cakes. We also thought we would not be able to make enough," Tibor recalls.
     
The spiraled treats are made in their food truck called "The Chimney Cake Express." The dough is made fresh each event, and with all natural ingredients.

First, the dough is rolled out, cut into strips, stretched, and spun around these special rods - creating the signature cakes' hollow center.  Next - the pastries receive a generous sugar coating.  Then, it's into a special Hungarian cooker to caramelize, giving them their golden brown color.  Finally, the hot cakes are topped off with the customers choice: from cinnamon to coconut, and walnuts to sprinkles.

Though the treats are being made only from their truck at this time, the David's hope to one day open up their own shop.

If you'd like to try a chimney cake yourself, you can find them at the Salisbury Flea Market every week.  The couple also plans to be at Pork in the Park, Ocean City Springfest, and other festivals in the area this year.

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