In the what-will-they-think-of-next category:
Reports are in that an Indianapolis bakery and a Hilton Head, S.C., gelato company have signed an agreement to produce the Pizza Cone (created in Italy) in North America.
What is a pizza cone? Basically, it’s a cone-shaped section of pizza dough, filled with ingredients that you’d normally find on a pizza. The idea is that it can be eaten on the go, without the danger of those slippery pizza toppings sliding off and getting all over your car. Or your lap. Variations are said to include Mexican-themed toppings and breakfast-type toppings. Retail price is set at $3.50 or less.
Currently the cones are available only in Hilton Head, but of course the companies are hoping there will be a market across the country.
The pizza cone announcement comes on the heels of news that deep-fried pizza has entered the culinary lexicon. It’s reportedly a slice of pizza dough topped with sauce and frozen, then dipped in batter and fried, with toppings added afterward because they’d fall off in the frying process. Maybe they should meld the two ideas, for a fried pizza cone.
At any rate, fried pizza hasn’t showed up yet in Las Vegas, as far as I know, so I haven’t tried it, either. But I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
Oh, and to those wondering about the wisdom of launching new products in the middle of a deep recession: Budget foods seem to be doing pretty well in these trouble times, and it seems we’re also indulging when we can, so it sounds like both products fit the guidelines.