This weekend we hosted a friends and family tasting to test our process and get feedback about our product. The response was amazing and overwhelming. We created a FB event for our friends and family to come by and sample our chimney cones, and got about 60 RSVPs and 25 maybes. So Ryan and I got up in the morning and made 80 cones, based on RSVPs, in preparation for the day. This way they were still fresh, but cool enough to put ice cream into them without immediately melting it. People starting coming around noon, and by about 1, we were already almost out of cones. Shout out to the people who got thirds and even left and came back later for more!!! (Disclaimer: we do not have insulin on hand!)
We had planned to do the event from 12-6 and we were already out of cones within the first hour!! Ryan had to take over customer service, ice cream, filling and toppings, the grill AND taking orders, while I made more dough and rolled them onto the spits. It was pure insanity in the most awesome way. Ryan handled it all amazingly, especially for our first run through.
Meanwhile, I could only make one batch of dough at a time, because we learned that fresh yeast is VERY sensitive to heat, and since we are in North Carolina in the dead of summer, it is hot and humid outside. If I made two batches, by the time I rolled the first one onto the spits, the second batch would be over-proofed, making the dough difficult/impossible to work with, not to mention it would make a less “springy” and delicious final product. By the time I finished rolling all the dough that I had made onto the spits, we were almost out and I would start from the beginning with the dough again. Ryan was grilling and pulling them off almost to order!!
Thank you so much for all who came, made suggestions and passed along great ideas. Keep em coming! We learned so much from this experience and everyone there. We had opened a box of 250 count containers and when the day was over, we only had one left in the box. Over 200 chimney cakes made and served in 6 hours. It was such a fun day and we can’t wait to do it again!