Before leaving on this trip, I had been warned by several people that Gatlinburg is not some hidden treasure in the Smokies. It’s a giant tourist attraction. After seeing it, the first thing I thought was Wisconsin Dells. My family went their yearly before my brother and I got too involved in Little League.
Still, we had fun. The Parkway is a large area of downtown that is just lined with shops, restaurants, and attractions. You know when you see “Old Timey Photos” and airbrushed T-shirt shops where you’re at. Why people spend money on crap they wouldn’t normally buy when they’re on vacation still baffles me.
J and I took a chair lift ride up to the top of one of the mountains where we had a great view of the rest of the mountains as well as Gatlinburg down below. After that, we kept walking towards our next destination farther down the Parkway.
On the way, we came to a little mall area with a shop simply called The Funnel Cake. Neither of us were really hungry as we just had a big lunch, but how can you pass up deep fried goodness?
The Funnel Cake is on Gatlinburg’s main tourist strip known as and actually called simply The Parkway. It sits back off the street above a Claire’s on the second floor of Baskin’s Square Mall. We didn’t know it before we went in, but the place was actually featured on Unwrapped on the Food Network at some point. Their claim to fame is the namesake and it comes in more flavors than just powdered sugar.
Even though funnel cakes are yummy, we saw a sign for deep fried candy bars and that’s what we jumped at.
I ordered the deep fried Oreos and a fountain pop. I love deep fried Oreos and these didn’t disappoint. There was four on the plate and they were covered in powdered sugar. When they came out, they were a little too hot to handle, but that didn’t stop me. I bit in and immediately dropped it before I did too much damage to my poor tongue and the roof of my mouth. After letting them cool down, I found what I really wanted. A nice crunchy shell and gooey cookie inside. Even though they were delicious, I wasn’t very hungry, but I forced myself to finish them off.
J got a deep fried 3 Musketeers and a Raspberry Lemonade. She went back and forth on what candy bar to get, but confided in me later than 3 Musketeers is one of the “healthier” candy bars….still, it’s deep fried. She used the knife and fork method and really liked it. She never said anything about her lemonade but it was gone by the time we left the shop.
Our bill was a little over thirteen bucks. It was a quick stop, but it was a good stop. There are a ton of candy and treat shops along The Parkway, but The Funnel Cake stands out with good fair food.