I scream, you scream, we all scream for Trdelník with ice cream
As I scrolled through Pinterest for places to eat in Prague, I came across a dessert I had never seen before. It was a spin-off of the Tridelník, also known as a chimney cake. It is a popular delicacy from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The original Tridelník is spiraled, fresh-baked bread dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar. However, the dessert I found was filled with ice cream.
I immediately researched where to find this rare, yummy combo. I read that you can buy these desserts from local vendors on the streets of Prague, but many were praising the Good Food Coffee and Bakery for having the best. From that moment, my desire to see the beautiful architecture and absorb the history of Prague had fallen to number two on my list.
My first day in Prague, the goal was to find this bakery, order a vanilla ice cream chimney cake and discover the true meaning of happiness. I realized it was on the other side of the famous Charles Bridge from where we were staying. Even though I knew this bridge was only a quarter mile away, it would take me twice as long to cross it. It is constantly packed with tourists, vendors and entertainers. I started across the bridge bumping into people, tripping over cobblestones every 10 feet and photo bombing at least 30 tourist pictures along the way.
After crossing Charles Bridge I had found it. I ran up, took out my Czech crowns and waited what seemed like an eternity. The bakery was filled with the aroma of toasted brown sugar, warm baked bread and freshly brewed coffee. My mouth was watering. My eyes came across the menu and my expectations of this dessert were exceeded. Not only did they serve Trdelník filled with ice cream, but you could smother it in chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, nuts, sprinkles, strawberries, whipped cream and more. My taste buds were ready to go to heaven.
When it was finally my turn, I ordered the original vanilla ice cream inside the chimney cake. I watched them roll the dough and place it on a steaming hot roller that coiled it to give it the perfect spiral shape. Round and round it went until it was a perfect golden brown. They tossed it in cinnamon and brown sugar, and poured the soft-serve ice cream inside. Now was the moment I had been waiting for.
My first bite was magical. The taste of cold, creamy vanilla combined with warm, doughy bread with cinnamon and brown sugar. It was everything I had imagined and more. I had thoughts about seconds, but I needed to make room for other treats along the way.
If you ever make it to Prague, indulge in this wonderful dessert.