Funnel Cake Buffet

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I love to entertain, and find that my guests love any kind of buffet/bar where they get to build their own.  So, for a fun Canada Day get-together last year, I came up with the idea of a Funnel Cake Buffet, and everyone LOVED it.

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We started out with the basics, funnel cakes.  We made regular Funnel Cakes -get the recipe here, and then experimented by making chocolate with a little cocoa powder added to the basic recipe.  I made the batter ahead of time, and set up my little deep fryer outside beside the bbq, and cooked up the funnel cakes as fast as I could for all our friends after dinner.  Then we invited guests to choose from some classic toppings to make their own Funnel Cake creation.

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I made regular and chocolate whipped cream, by adding a tbsp. of cooca powder to the chocolate one as I mixed it (along with the regular sugar and vanilla).

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Our other toppings included ice cream, fresh strawberries, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, cinnamon sugar (for a classic) and some shaved chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, and Canada Day sprinkles -to mark the festive occasion.

We had a really great time, and there were no worries about which kids liked what, since everyone could just make exactly what they liked.  

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With your own Funnel Cake Buffet, life really is a party!  Wishing all my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day tomorrow, and to my American peeps, I hope you have a wonderful July 4th!