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Cheerwine funnel cake tastes like a glazed donut

Posted October 18, 2017 8:37 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 3:16 p.m. EDT

Cheerwine funnel cake

— Have you wondered about the new Cheerwine funnel cake being offered at the North Carolina State Fair this year? I tried it and loved it.

Cheerwine funnel cake is a basic funnel cake made with plain batter and topped with a thick Cheerwine glaze and lots of powdered sugar.

Cheerwine funnel cake

My cake looked a lot less "pink" than the picture I had originally seen to advertise it, and I was surprised that Cheerwine was just a topping as opposed to being present in the batter somehow.

Nonetheless, it was absolutely delicious. Of course, it's hard to mess up soft, warm dough, but the sweet pink glaze on this funnel cake made the sweet treat even sweeter, and I can best compare the Cheerwine funnel cake to a soft, doughy glazed donut. The light, fluffy and airy kind of donut, not the rich cake kind. Sounds good, right?

The Cheerwine funnel cake tasted perfectly indulgent and normal, like classic fair food. Don't let the concept of eating soda turn you away, because, though a slight cherry flavor is present in the icing, you're pretty much eating a donut glazed with pink-colored vanilla icing. Really -- I didn't taste much Cheerwine at all, just sweet goodness.

The icing glaze really turns Cheerwine funnel cake into a richer dessert choice. I would recommend this treat to funnel cake lovers who want a sweeter funnel cake experience.

You can find the Cheerwine funnel cake at Beaver Concessions, located near Dorton Arena and the waterfall. I'd love to know what you think about it!