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3prettyprincesses
05-18-2008, 09:30 PM
OK, I'm a New Englander and we call it fried dough. I know Southerners call it funnel cake. They are 2 very different things and I'd like to know which one of these is at Epcot. I've read of both funnel cake and fried dough on the boards here and I'm confused. :confused3 Anyone know for sure?? Thanks! :goodvibes

perla75
05-18-2008, 11:22 PM
I'm pretty sure they call it funnel cake there, but I'm from MA so what do I know? :rotfl:

I'm not sure what the difference is-my DF got one & it looked like fried dough to me. He loved it though!

disneynutz
05-19-2008, 12:20 AM
Funnel cake.:thumbsup2

Corinne
05-19-2008, 06:55 AM
I am from MA also. They are funnel cakes at The American Adventure and they are yumbo! Much lighter than fried dough!

mcorbo
05-19-2008, 07:39 AM
Epcot has funnel cakes, here in out area, there is a big difference, funnel cakes are made from a batter (similar to pancake batter) that is poured into the hot oil, and fried dough (zeppoles) are made from a yeast raised dough, formed into balls and dropped into the oil.

megrod74
05-19-2008, 08:39 AM
Since I'm a Jersey girl also, I'm going to agree with mcorbo and say they are funnel cakes at Epcot, not the balls of fried dough (zeppole). I'm not sure what NE'ers call fried dough though.

safetymom
05-19-2008, 09:02 AM
It is funnel cake. When I lived in PA it was funnel cake also.

3prettyprincesses
05-19-2008, 09:18 AM
Fried dough that I remember (from NH) is a piece of dough stretched out to about 12 inches long and about 4 inches wide. Then it's fried to a light golden brown. As soon as it comes out, they slap it on a plate and you can put your own toppings on it....powdered sugar, cinnamon, etc.:thumbsup2 The first time I had what I thought was fried dough was with my DH in Maryland. He came back with funnel cake which looked completely different, swirly like pretzels almost and tasted very sweet. I do like both but I prefer fried dough so I was curious if that's what Epcot had, not funnel cake. My DH loves funnel cake so he'll be very happy to have that as a snack! Thanks everyone!! :goodvibes

kxmeeh
05-19-2008, 09:42 AM
In northeastern PA, fried dough has regular sugar on it. funnel cake (yummy, yummy, yummy) has powdered sugar on it.

disnut8
05-19-2008, 09:55 AM
It's funnel cakes in America in Epcot. Most definitely.

There USED to be fried dough in Canada in Epcot. Beaver Tails. But they are gone now.

Mickey_Man
05-20-2008, 06:54 AM
Fried dough that I remember (from NH) is a piece of dough stretched out to about 12 inches long and about 4 inches wide. Then it's fried to a light golden brown. As soon as it comes out, they slap it on a plate and you can put your own toppings on it....powdered sugar, cinnamon, etc.:thumbsup2 The first time I had what I thought was fried dough was with my DH in Maryland. He came back with funnel cake which looked completely different, swirly like pretzels almost and tasted very sweet. I do like both but I prefer fried dough so I was curious if that's what Epcot had, not funnel cake. My DH loves funnel cake so he'll be very happy to have that as a snack! Thanks everyone!! :goodvibes

Your descriptions are dead on for the difference between fried dough and funnel cake, and EPCOT has funnel cakes. They are good - DW likes them better than the typical New England fried dough. Much lighter - well, as light as dough that is fried can be - but you get the point. They are pretty good, but they are definitely funnel cakes.

marvin12
05-20-2008, 07:09 AM
Fried dough that I remember (from NH) is a piece of dough stretched out to about 12 inches long and about 4 inches wide. Then it's fried to a light golden brown. As soon as it comes out, they slap it on a plate and you can put your own toppings on it....powdered sugar, cinnamon, etc.:thumbsup2 The first time I had what I thought was fried dough was with my DH in Maryland. He came back with funnel cake which looked completely different, swirly like pretzels almost and tasted very sweet. I do like both but I prefer fried dough so I was curious if that's what Epcot had, not funnel cake. My DH loves funnel cake so he'll be very happy to have that as a snack! Thanks everyone!! :goodvibes

This sounds right. Here in R.I. we call them Dough Boys and in Epcot they are funnel cakes.(They are not the same thing),

mcorbo
05-20-2008, 07:37 AM
That brings back memories of the Beaver Tails in Epcot at the Canada Pavillion!


Fried dough that I remember (from NH) is a piece of dough stretched out to about 12 inches long and about 4 inches wide. Then it's fried to a light golden brown. As soon as it comes out, they slap it on a plate and you can put your own toppings on it....powdered sugar, cinnamon, etc.:thumbsup2 The first time I had what I thought was fried dough was with my DH in Maryland. He came back with funnel cake which looked completely different, swirly like pretzels almost and tasted very sweet. I do like both but I prefer fried dough so I was curious if that's what Epcot had, not funnel cake. My DH loves funnel cake so he'll be very happy to have that as a snack! Thanks everyone!! :goodvibes

MickeyNicki
05-20-2008, 09:32 AM
From a fellow Bostonian and a lover of fried dough I am sad to say it is funnel cake..very dense and chewy but still amazing, especially with Bavarian Cream on it!

lborne
05-20-2008, 10:40 AM
Funnel cake batter is typically lighter and like someone else described, like pancake batter - beacuse traditionally, it was poured through a funnel into the oil, while the person moved the funnel around to get the distinctive shape. The stuff at EPCOT is like that, as opposed to dough that is dropped in by hand.

3prettyprincesses
05-20-2008, 11:12 AM
I'm glad there are some New Englander's here who know what I'm talking about! MY DH thought I was crazy when I told him this is a VERY big difference between fried dough and funnel cake! Just talking about it makes me wish I was back in NH at the beach, waiting in line for a steaming hot piece with sugar and cinnamon! Good stuff! :goodvibes :goodvibes

MinnieGirl33
05-20-2008, 11:40 AM
I know Southerners call it funnel cake.

FWIW, I believe the origins of funnel cake go back to PA Dutch.

DisMN
05-20-2008, 01:34 PM
I'd never heard about fried dough.......that sounds good but different again from the traditional indian fry bread?

And yep what they serve at Epcot is a funnel cake. As far back as I can remember it was ONLY served with powdered sugar.....the various toppings are a new thing. LOL

jerseygal
05-20-2008, 05:09 PM
Mmmmm....Sounds GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

Snack Credit? Thats even better!

Thx.:goodvibes

Rat-a-too-ee
05-20-2008, 07:16 PM
I'm from the midwest. They mean different things here.

Funnel cake is the one that looks like a birds nest.

Fried dough is a flat piece of dough that is deep fried. Some fry it until crispy (then, it is often called an elephant ear), while others fry it less time so it is chewy.

lrab1126
05-20-2008, 07:46 PM
there sure is a big difference, but the funnel cake we had last week at epcot was delicious...though dh who is a fried dough connisouier was not entirely immpressed but that was just because it was not "fried dough" ...picky picky